Happy bookish birthdays (February 8) to…

Happy bookish birthdays (February 8) to…

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This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog


2 Responses to “Happy bookish birthdays (February 8) to…”

  1. Edward Boyhan Says:

    I barely glance at bookish birthdays, but I noticed Jules Verne because this afternoon while I was driving around, that the Sirius classic radio channel was also doing Jules Verne related broadcasts. The one I ended up listening to was Around the World in 80 Days from the 1938 broadcast of the Mercury Theater on the Air with Orson Welles as Phineas Fogg. It was amazing that they could do it in an hour broadcast. It was very exciting. Welles was superb. This broadcast took place one week before the MercuryTheater’s most famous broadcast: The War of the Worlds”

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Edward!

      That’s a great way for the Bookish Birthdays to work! Welles was astounding, and I’m a big fan of OTR (Old Time Radio). I like to listen to episodes on planes, for example. The War of the Worlds broadcast is commonly misunderstood…when I put “War of the Worlds hoax” into Google, I get more than a million results. It wasn’t a hoax: it was clearly identified as fiction in the beginning of the show (although many people missed that, because they were listening to Charlie McCarthy’s opening…monologue, although that’s an odd term in this case), and anyone who listened to it past about the half-way point would also clearly recognize it as fiction.

      There was a related story to the broadcast which I’ve always thought would make a great play…might write it some day. 🙂

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