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18 Red Friday

then turned to writing radio scripts. It was Koch who adapted H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds into Orson Welles’ Mercury Teater’s terrifying radio special.

As a consequence of being refused work in the U.S., in the mid ‘40s, Koch and his wife Anne moved to Europe. Over the next year, Koch lived and worked in France, Germany and England,. When attorney Edward Bennett Williams successfully threatened a lawsuit of $1 million to the American Legion if they continued blackballing Koch, he returned to Hollywood to occasionally write scripts. Around 1967, he and Anne joined the counter-culture movement and settled in Woodstock, New York where he penned locally-produced plays. He published his memoirs, As Time Goes By: Memoirs of a Writer in Hollywood, New York and Europe in the late 1970s.

(Excerpted from Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide)

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