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The future in the past

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Apr 16, 2013 10:27 AM
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The 1962 World’s Fair, a six-month celebration of science and technology, featured an exciting mix of culture, cuisine and celebrity, drawing more than 10 million visitors from around the world to the then relatively unknown mill town of Seattle.

Through historical photographs and archival footage, The 1962 World’s Fair brings to life the textures and sounds of Seattle in the late 1950s and early '60s. The city's business, civic and cultural leaders, historians and longtime residents reminisce about the excitement and ambition the Fair ignited. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen credits seeing the 605-foot Space Needle, Monorail, "Bubbleator" and other exhibits for inspiring his love of technology and science.

Rick Steves shares his vivid memory of seeing "exotic" Belgian Waffles for the first time at The Food Circus. The fair also offered an eclectic mix of high art and low culture, from opera concerts and paintings by Roy Lichtenstein and Jasper Johns, to Gracie Hanson's racy Vegas-style nightclub revue and an adult puppet show.

The documentary includes rare footage captured at the fair, including appearances by Space Age hero John Glenn; politicians Adlai Stevenson, Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson, Robert Kennedy and Hubert H. Humphrey; journalist Edward R. Murrow; the Duke of Edinburgh; and beloved performers Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, Peggy Lee, Lawrence Welk, the Lennon Sisters, Bob Hope, Miles Davis and Elvis.

Join us for The 1962 World’s Fair: When Seattle Invented the Future on witf Friday April 19 at 10:00pm.  

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