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Seattle World’s Fair book talk at Tacoma Public Library

Post by Craig Sailor / The News Tribune on Nov. 28, 2011 at 7:05 pm |
November 28, 2011 7:05 pm

2012 marks the half century anniversary of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. Prepare yourself for a lot of hoopla.

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

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