THERE'S NO NEED to dwell on the past when you can test your knowledge of a future that's portrayed in the 1962 World's Fair "Modern Living" special section being featured today.

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1) The home of the future, by General Electric, featured:

A) Light bulbs that replaced themselves.

B) A built-in baby-sitter.

C) No neighbors.

2) A local jeweler did this to a watch to prove its durability:

A) Tossed it from the top of the Space Needle.

B) Shot it with a ray gun.

C) Sold it with a 1,000-year warranty.

3) The female astronaut’s spacesuit would be made of:

A) Platinum.

B) Plutonium.

C) Paper.


1) B: The modern home would have a “built-in baby-sitter,” or as the story said: “A multiple-screen television set covers one wall. Here the homemaker can keep an eye on the baby playing in another room … and games on the television screen will keep the children busy when days are rainy or when a playmate is lacking.”

2) A: The ad for Lester Berg Jeweler claimed: “For as little as $26.95, you can wear a Wyler Inca flex. The watch dropped from the top of the Space Needle!!! It’s still intact and running perfectly!” The ad also noted that the watch drop was witnessed by “prominent citizens.”

3) C: The future was very bright for paper clothes designed for female astronauts. “Such disposable suits … are believed practical for long-range space travel. They could be worn for one week or longer, then ejected from the ship.”


3: Your house has three pools.

2: Your house has two TVs.

1: Your house has one window.

0: Your house has no future.

— Bill Kossen, Seattle Times staff