Paula Becker and Alan J. Stein, authors of The Future Remembered
Island Books is happy to welcome Paula Becker and Alan J. Stein, authors of The Future Remembered, on Wednesday, March 21st. The authors will show slides and share anecdotes from the book. This event will raise funds for the Senior Foundation of Mercer Island.
This richly illustrated and well-researched volume is the official 50th Anniversary commemorative history of the Century 21 Exposition/1962 Seattle World's Fair.
Space Needle, science, skyrides, showgirls. Many nations, monorail stations, Elvis gyrations. The 1962 Seattle World's Fair -- Century 21 Exposition -- had it all, optimistically looking ahead to theorize and imagine what the future might hold.
Century 21 Exposition drew 10 million visitors -- remarkable for a fair staged in a lesser-known city far from the public eye -- and captured America at the peak of Cold War tensions, on the cusp of cultural revolution.
Behind the glitter and diplomacy was a larger vision: Business leaders, elected officials, and residents who built the fair's success vowed that when the lights went out and the tourists went home, Seattle would be left with a much-needed civic center. In the half-century since the fair, Seattle Center has become the artistic and cultural hub of the city -- the brilliant and remarkable legacy of a fondly remembered six months in 1962.
About the Authors:
Paula Becker is a staff historian at HistoryLink.org, where her essays document the dance marathon craze of the 1920s and 1930s, war-effort knitting on the home front during World Wars I and II, and the career of The Egg And I author Betty MacDonald, among numerous other subjects. She cowrote (with Alan J. Stein) the book Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition: Washington's First World's Fair.
Alan J. Stein is a HistoryLink.org staff historian and award-winning author of Safe Passage: The Birth of Washington State Ferries; Bellevue Timeline; The Olympic: The Story of Seattle's Landmark Hotel; and (with Paula Becker) Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition: Washington's First World's Fair.
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