Abraham Polonsky on Mercury Theatre On the Air's 1938 radio broadcast of Wells/Welles' THE WAR OF THE WORLDS
Q: Were you surprised at the reaction to THE WAR OF THE WORLDS, how the public reacted?
POLONSKY: Of course I was surprised. After all I'm a materialist and I know there are no other worlds with people flying around. But they were really frightened.
POLONSKY: Imagine what an idea they have of the nature of reality!
Q: Through the power of the medium...
POLONSKY: It's the power of the lack of power in the people!