1962 Seattle World's Fair historian at Tacoma Public Library

Astronauts, Elvis, sky rides, royalty, the Kennedys, religion, topless showgirls, the Canadian tattoo, the Cold War and futurist speculation — the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair had it all. The era and its people come to life in “The Future Remembered: The 1962 Seattle World’s Fair and Its Legacy,” a new, coffee-table-style book filled with fascinating history, stories and pictures to celebrate the fair’s upcoming 50th anniversary. This 300-page, image-rich hardcover book explores how the space race lit the fire under Seattle’s movers, shakers and dreamers, and how they turned their little-known, geographically isolated city into the place that “invented the future” and gave us the remarkable legacy of a fondly remembered six months of learning and fun in 1962. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event. Co-author Paul J. Stein will provide a book talk, slide presentation, and signing on Sun., Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. in the Olympic Room of the Tacoma Public Library, located at 1102 Tacoma Avenue South.