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When Seattle Invented the Future: The 1962 World's Fair


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The Space Needle. Monorail. Bubbleator. Science Center. Show Street and Gracie Hansen. Century 21 created icons and scientists, and brought Elvis and John Glenn, Joan Baez and Roy Rogers to our city. In 1962, Seattle invented a future that included a tech-savvy portal to the Pacific Rim.

Through historical photographs and motion pictures, the KCTS 9 documentary The 1962 World's Fair: When Seattle Invented the Future brings to life the textures and sounds of Seattle in the late 50s and early 60s. In interviews, Seattle s business, civic and cultural leaders and longtime residents tell of the excitement and ambition the Fair ignited.


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  • Actors: na
  • Directors: John Gordon Hill
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: KCTS Television
  • DVD Release Date: April 16, 2012
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007ZSJN0I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,727 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Volkert Volkersz on May 29, 2012
This hour long film, produced by Seattle's public television station, incoporates original footage from the era, with interviews of current leaders who grew up with the World's Fair.

For me it was not only a trip down memory lane (I was 11 years old when the fair opened in my hometown), but it showed behind-the-scenes aspects that went into planning and building the fair that I didn't know about back then.

The world's fair indeed "invented the future," not only of Seattle, but it influenced people like a young Paul Allen (a founder of Microsoft) who was interviewed for the film.

I was at Seattle Center last weekend for the annual Northwest Folklife Festival (50 years after the fair), and I was once again reminded of those magical 6 months in 1962 that changed the face of Seattle and her role in the world. And even after all these years, the towering Space Needle, the magesty of what we once called the Colisuem (now Key Arena), and the thrill of the International Fountain, still excite the imagination. This film talks about how they all came to be.

If you loved the world's fair, you'll definitely enjoy this film.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KL185 on July 14, 2013
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Fascinating look back on the Seattle World's Fair. Interesting historic and little known details. Brings back memories from being a kid.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Wilson on December 26, 2013
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Brilliantly produced. Having worked at the Fair It brought back such fond memories. An accurate accounting of the great event.
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Great history of Seattle, and a must see for immigrants to Seattle to learn about their new home. Any one who has moved to Seattle from other parts of the world to work at Seattles area's top industries: Microsoft, Boeing, Amazon, Starbucks, AT&T, Costco, Nordstums etc, will gain an appreciation of their local history.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cross05fire on June 18, 2013
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I saw this on PBS and enjoyed the documentary so I decided to buy a copy for my library. It is well done
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