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