From Bobo to the Bubbleator: Seattle Social and Cultural Context in ’62
Lecturer: Knute Berger
When: Tuesday, June 5, 7 –8:30 pm
Where: Center House/Armory Building, Conference Room A, Seattle Center
Registration: Individual tickets: $10 members; $15 general public; $5 students
Purchase tickets for this lecture through Historic Seattle’s website. Tickets may be purchased at the door.
Passes for entire series are no longer available.
Member discounts are available for Historic Seattle and Pacific Science Center members and for those on Docomomo WEWA’s Email List.
The first lecture focuses on the social history and design heritage of Seattle and its influence on the fair. How did people live their everyday lives in Seattle/Puget Sound in the early 1960s and how were they influenced by modern design? What other local and national forces were key to shaping the city and the Seattle World’s Fair?
Knute will be available after the lecture to sign his new book, Space Needle: The Spirit of Seattle.
Knute Berger has had a life-long fascination with world’s fairs, which began when he attended the Century 21 Exposition in 1962 at the age of 8. He waited in long lines and dined at the Space Needle, rode the Bubblelator, visited the Science Pavilion, saw his first computer and talked on a video phone at the Bell pavilion. Knute has attended seven world’s fairs in seven different countries: USA, Canada, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Japan and China. He was an official member of the Bureau of International Expositions delegation to BIE Day and the World Sustainability Summit at Expo 2010 in Shanghai. He was the Space Needle’s Writer-in-Residence in 2011 and has written their soon-to-be-released 50th anniversary book.
A Seattle native, Knute writes the Mossback column for Crosscut.com, a Pacific Northwest online daily. He is author of the regional best-seller Pugetopolis. He is editor-at-large of Seattle Magazine and is a regular weekly news commentator on Seattle’s NPR affiliate, KUOW. For many years, Knute was editor of Seattle Weekly, a post he left in 2006 to write full time. He was founding editor of Eastsideweek and executive editor of Washington Magazine. His work has won numerous awards including the Washington State Historic Preservation Officer’s Annual Award for Media in 2008.
Photos courtesy of Knute Berger