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The Future Remembered: The 1962 Seattle World's Fair And Its Legacy Hardcover – October 21, 2011


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About the Author

Paula Becker is a staff historian for HistoryLink.org, where her essays document the dance marathon craze of the 1920s and 1930s, war-effort knitting on the home front during World Wars I and II, and the career of The Egg and I author Betty MacDonald. She co-wrote (with Alan Stein) the book Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition: Washington's First World's Fair.


Alan J. Stein is a HistoryLink.org staff historian, and is the award-winning author of four previous HistoryLink books, Safe Passage: the Birth of Washington State Ferries; Bellevue Timeline: the Story of Washington's Leading Edge City from Homesteads to High Rises; The Olympic: the Story of Seattle's Landmark Hotel; and (with Paula Becker) Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition: Washington's First World's Fair. HistoryLink.org, a free online encyclopedia of Washington state history, was the nation's first community history encyclopedia designed expressly for the Internet.

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  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Seattle Center Foundation in association with HistoryLink (October 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061546940X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615469409
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 10.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #636,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Robert Verginia on October 27, 2011
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The Future Remembered is one of those books that you wished were put out for everything that interests you. Being a life long fan of the Seattle Worlds Fair, this book filled in the gaps between my memory of attending the fair as a 7 year old kid, and wanting the story of it as an adult. I remember going to the fair, the rides, and the cubes in the "Washington Pavilion" after riding the bubblator. Try explaining that without pictures.

This hardbound 'coffee table book' is full of facts and photos of the big event. The stories behind the story are the things I enjoy reading as an adult. The fact that this group of people (yes, mostly men) was able to pull this off, with big support of the entire community, was an early demonstration of grass roots politics.

I highly recommend this book
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Robert Carlberg on October 27, 2011
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I was but a wee tyke of 8 when the 1962 Seattle World's Fair opened, but I was there. I remember the Bubbleator, the International Food Court surrounding the Fountain, the World of Tomorrow, the futuristic 6-wheeled Ford car, the Japanese pearl divers, John Glenn's space capsule, the Bell Pavilion, the Indian dancers, the GE Exhibit, the IBM Pavilion, the Sky Ride -- all of which have disappeared -- as well as the Needle, the Fountain, the Pacific Science Center, the Monorail and the Coliseum, all of which remain. The Seattle World's Fair transformed Seattle from a backwater frontier town to a world-class city (much to the chagrin of Emmett Watson and his Lesser Seattle organization). By combining a truly international World Exhibition with the concurrent citizen's drive for a city center project, Century 21 Exposition provided a lasting center for the arts and sciences in downtown Seattle.

This lavishly-illustrated glossy coffee table book brought back a ton of memories, including many I haven't thought about in nearly half a century. The pictures of the Space Needle and the Coliseum and the Science Center arches under construction are priceless. What a wonderful tribute to the event and the event-makers, whose vision and drive still define Seattle both inside and to the world.

It really was a remarkable Fair; and this book captures all of the glitz and glamor, the celebrities and the visionaries, the engineers and the high-steel workers, the kitsch and the grandeur.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marjorie I. Tuell on March 12, 2012
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As a person who spent several days at Seattle World's Fair, I thoroughly enjoyed going through the photos and the stories of the days leading up to the opening of the Fair, as well as the stories and photos of days at the Fair. All of these took me back to the fun our family had going through the exhibits, taking part in a mass choir festival held in the stadium, and being introduced to new foods,[such as the belgian waffles]. Our family, living in Everett at the time, visited a number of times, and we also brought friends from out of the state to visit.
I had hoped that the book would include more of the "predictions" of the future, so that we could compare what had been dreamed about the future and what has already happened, or not happened.
As a volunteer librarian in a senior resident, I was happy to place the book in the library for others to enjoy and remember.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JustM on December 20, 2011
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I visited Century 21 several times in 1962. I was very proud of Seattle for "pulling it off". I first saw the book in the Seattle Times and had to have it! I wasn't around for the Alaska Yukon Exposition, but I think the books are excellent companions on my coffeetable. I can't say enough for the price and delivery through amazon.com !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bill Stevenson on April 24, 2012
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This book does more than chronicle the Seattle World's Fair. It defines a moment that in retrospect formed a turning point in our culture and our history. The fair and the people who made it happen are well documented with pictures and narrative. This is an inspiring story in and of itself and well worth reading. I was 14 years old visiting the fair from Massachusetts, and as such did not know all that went into the planning and development of the venue. When I visited in August 1962, the fair was in full swing and it was an eye opener for me. "Step to the rear of the sphere, please." Belgian waffles. The Space Needle. The monorail. The Science Center. Reading this book brought back a flood of memories. It affords a new perspective: Literally the fair pointed the way forward for 10 million visitors as it was all about science, technology, and optimism. The science and technology focus of the fair has certainly proven to be prescient and of paramount importance in the development of society over the subsequent 50 years. Just think about the march of technological progress over that period of time. It is mind boggling. Unfortunately the optimism projected at the fair got subsumed by events. For example, the day after the Seattle World's Fair ended, the Cuban Missile Crisis became public knowledge. Barely a year later, President Kennedy was assassinated. Vietnam washed over us along with the counter culture of the mid-sixties. A lot of change. Oldsmobile was the official car of the fair. Oldsmo who? Elvis was there. Bobby Kennedy came. So, too, Richard M. Nixon, Lyndon B. Johnson and Astronauts Glenn and Allen. The Soviet Cosmonaut Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin, visited, the first to orbit earth. The list goes on and on. For me personally the fair was a turning point too.Read more ›
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