LIFE ON MARS
Mars Postcard from 1976 (courtesy purvisbros.com)
There is probably no other man in American history who has given Martians their great claim to fame than Orson Wells. His old time radio drama, "The War of the Worlds" broadcast in 1938 (on Halloween night) created mass hysteria amongst radio listeners who were led to believe that America was actually being attacked by Martians. Mr. Wells was a master of producing the theater of the mind - a little slice of the past I've always found interesting.
This last week, I had a Martian encounter of another kind with Martians who actually live in in the rural-suburban town of Mars, Pennsylvania. It is a former railroad town located 20 miles north of Pittsburgh that is said to have been visited by UFO's in the early 1990's. Hence, the following Current Affair film clip from the 1990's.
While my visit didn't stir up mass hysteria, it was a lot of fun. The local paper was kind enough to report my arrival right between the articles entitled, "Cheap, yet good, wine" and "Coco-Cola Salad." You can't beat that for grass-roots Americana. In addition to attending ongoing business meetings, I was able to give a glimpse of White House dinners to audiences at the Treesdale Golf and Country Club.
If you are not able to travel to Mars, you can still receive mail from the Martians in Pennsylvania. Send your mailing address via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and you will receive a free commemorative Rover envelope postmarked from Mars.