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Mark Simonson

October 26, 2013

'War of the Worlds' caused little local concern


“But — the ‘white fathers’ in Washington are all in a dither … . This newspaper has held to the theory that RADIO, as practiced today, is a downright menace. It not only offends the ear, but great many times offends good taste. The perpetrators of this national crime are supposed to be men of intelligence.”

“The Journal ventures to predict that, come few more fantasies, the government will take over the broadcast systems. The usual fat head politicians will be given nice jobs, at public’s expense, to run them. In time, they will make such a mess of things, people will refuse to listen to the radio.”

“And, that is the most pleasant thought of all.”

On Monday: A bit of the local life and times in October 1988.

Oneonta City Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText ColorHistorian Mark Simonson’s column appears twice weekly. On Saturdays, his column focuses on the area during the Depression and before. His Monday columns address local history after the Depression. If you have feedback or ideas about the column, write to him at The Daily Star, or email him at His website is His columns can be found at

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