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Kids' Whole Future Catalog Paperback – September 12, 1982
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30 years later, now living in a world far different from the one depicted I see how influential this book was on my life. I realize how unique a time the early 80's were.
This book is like a "Fringe" episode. It combines high tech with woo-woo unimaginable printing in a children's book today.
There are articles on robots, lasers, space technology, computers, and early internet right next to articles about alien communication, ESP, telepathy, bio-feedback, genetic engineering, and UFOs.
The nostalgia for this book is one thing, I really got it for my daughter so she can see how I grew up seeing the world, and maybe open her mind to the possibilities too. I really wonder how many of today's entrepreneurs read this book as kids?
I bought a used hardcover copy for my children, who are now 3 and 3 months. I have no idea if it will mean the same thing to them that it did to me, but I let a friend's 6 year old read it, and he demanded a copy of his own.
I've shown this to various futurist friends, and they all agree: This book should be re-published, and revised to include the latest in technological advances. It belongs on the shelf of every child, and anyone else who's concerned about the future.
Find a copy, if you can. It's great!