Getting ahead of the game is the publication of “The Future Remembered: The 1962 Seattle World’s Fair and Its Legacy.” Co-author Alan J. Stein will be giving a book talk on December 11 at 2 p.m. at the downtown Tacoma Public Library.
I’m post-fair myself but I remember riding in the bubbleator when I was kid in the 70s (before they sold it off to some guy who allegedly turned it into a backyard greenhouse.)
Get more info at www.tacomapubliclibrary.org or 253-591-5666.
Here are some facts from the book:
- The fair’s Man in Space logo is a combination of the biological symbol for male and the astrological symbol for Mars stamped with an icon representing the globe
- Century 21 personnel used the world’s first electronic pagers called Bellboy devices
- A big hit at the employee cafeteria, Centuria, was a machine that magically changed dollar bills into coins for purchasing hot entrees from vending machines
- One of the fair’s key players conceived the Space Needle concept after having dinner at the top of Stuttgart, Germany’s television tower
- Initial concept drawings envisioned the Monorail hanging from a track
- The first letter mailed from the fair post office was written by President Kennedy and sent with the new 4-cent commemorative World’s Fair stamp
- A trip to the World of Tomorrow began with a ride in the Bubbleator
- Top leadership was exclusively male, but some women ‒ such as Gracie Hansen and her Las Vegas style revue A Night in Paradise ‒ “saved” the fair from being only about science.
- The Center is asking people to submit their Seattle World’s Fair remembrances at www.thenextfifty.org/stories