Space. The final frontier.
All right, so that's another show that came about after the golden age of radio. But space exploration, visiting other planets, systems and species and even being invaded by extraterrestrial beings has been of interest for many years and was a huge focus of old time radio.
Consider, with radio, you don't have to spend millions of dollars on special effects. All you needed were a few space sounds, recordings of rockets and blasters and a theramin and listeners were instantly taken on incredible journeys with the power of the mind.
And shows like Dimension X, Escape, X-Minus One, and The Ray Bradbury theater challenged our imaginations and invited us to the farthest regions of the galaxy and beyond-most of those adventures in the far distant future. Some as far into the cosmic future as 1999.
Imagine what life will be like then. Not only will there be flying cars and robots serving our needs, but we'll be travelling into space, and even colonizing Mars.
Think about it. We'll be able to travel to the "Red Planet", meet those inhabitants and species that live there-Martians-and be able to engage with them peacefully. We'll be able to set up our own colonies and begin to create a new history on Mars. A new Earth, perhaps.
Can you imagine what that will be like?
Author Ray Bradbury sure did. In fact, he wrote quite a bit about how he saw the future.
Consider his masterpiece, "The Martian Chronicles", which he wrote throughout the 50's and was quickly adapted for radio.
Dimension X, which original aired August 8, 1950, was a series of short adaptations of eight of these stories. "Rocket Summer", "Ylla", "-and the Moon be Still as Bright", "The Settlers", "The Locusts", "The Shore", "The Off Season", "There Will Come Soft Rains", and "The Million-Year Picnic" which chronicled different stories of the exploration and colonization of the planet mars, taking place between 1999 and 2025
And then "The Earth Men" which appeared on Escape on July 25, 1951, tells us of that "Second Expedition" to Mars-the brave astronauts who traveled to this still unknown planet, and the inhabitants they met.
So join us as we take a look into the far distant future of 1999 as we visit the planet Mars.
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408 South Oak Park Avenue
Oak Park, IL
Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear is a radio troupe comprised of professional actors and voice-over artists and has been providing top-notch entertainment to Oak Park Arms residents and the near by community for 14 years.
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