n In Margaret Mitchell’s iconic novel “Gone With the Wind,” Melanie Wilkes is pregnant for 21 months, based on the timing of the Civil War battles that are mentioned in the book. This was changed for the 1939 film adaptation, in which Melanie has a nine-month pregnancy. By the way, the novel was on the New York Times best-seller list for quite a while — 21 months.

The famous Mercury Theatre “War of the Worlds” radio adaptation of the H.G. Wells novel, directed and narrated by Orson Welles, made headlines worldwide. The program was broadcast in 1938, on the day before:

A) April Fool’s Day

B) Flag Day

C) Halloween

D) Christmas

Wednesday’s answer: Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations credits George Lucas with the phrase “Evil Empire,” as used in the 1977 film “Star Wars.”


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