Today’s American Minute

By Bill Federer

New Jersey is being invaded by Martians! This was the script of a 1938 radio drama based on the novel “War of the Worlds,” written by H.G. Wells, who died this day, Aug. 13, 1946. Wells’ novel inspired a boy named Robert Goddard that space flight was possible, and he grew up to be the father of modern rocketry. H.G. Wells also wrote the best sellers “The Time Machine,” “The Invisible Man” and “The First Men in the Moon.” Though a skeptic, in his Outlines of History (1920), H.G. Wells described the U.S. Constitution, saying: “Its spirit is indubitably Christian.”