Oh me, oh my, fellas. Sometimes your Head Trucker gets totally tired of all the bad news coming over the intertubes, and all the wretched, nasty, bitchy people - famous or not - mouthing off about everything. There's an ugly, vicious spirit in the world today that grates on my nerves big time. Of course, I have my rant-and-rave moments too, but I'm not sure they contribute much to the world. Some days, it's really hard to find something nice to blog about.
But here's a jolly short film from the 1962 Seattle World's Fair (the clip is mistitled) made for the Bell System, showing such wonders as pocket pagers, call forwarding, and call waiting - all of which didn't show up at your Head Trucker's house for another thirty years. Still, it's a quaint little trip back to a moment when there was still a lot of optimism about the future.
Not to mention, a nice visit back to a day and time when people dressed a lot nicer, and talked and behaved nicer, too. It wasn't sweetness and light back then all day, everywhere - your Head Trucker was there, and he remembers - but there was a different tone, a different vibration in the atmosphere that is lost now. Anyway, here's a pleasant few minutes of 1962, see what you think:
PS - I remember reading about the Seattle fair and wanting to go see that awesome Space Needle and the futuristic monorail. But we never took long trips like that in my family - hell, we only ever went on one "family vacation" in the ordinary sense of the term, the summer I was 8: which was not much to speak of, a few days at a beach motel on the Gulf, and then a visit to the relatives in East Texas. But I remember reading about the Seattle fair, and then the New York fair in 1964-65, and about Disneyland and lots of other exciting places that I never got to see. Maybe of some of you readers were more fortunate than I was.
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