I HAVE SEEN THE FUTURE

Created by theatrical designer Norman Bel Geddes and sponsored by General Motors, the Futurama was by far the most popular attraction at the Fair. Thousands of visitors spent hours lined up outside the white futuristic building for a chance to see what America might be like in 1960. More than five hundred spectators could be handled at one time for the eighteen minute excursion, which simulated a low flying airplane ride above mountains and cities and along new, efficient superhighways. Although some of the featured predicted, like urban renewal and controlled access highways, did become reality by 1960, we are still waiting for the radio controlled cars, and the large dirigible terminals ultimately weren't needed or desired.

TO NEW HORIZONS


Press the button above to view a fifteen minute overview of the Futurama, taken from "To New Horizons", a promotional film produced by Jam Handy for General Motors.