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History of Hip: Yesterday's Tomorrows (Feb 2, 2010)

UPDATE: You can watch the video podcast of our presentation at the Minnesota History Lectures page on iTunes.

I'll be speaking about retro-futurism this coming Tuesday (February 2nd) at the Turf Club in St. Paul, MN. This Minnesota Historical Society event, The History of Hip: Yesterday's Tomorrows, starts at 7:30pm. I'll be sharing the stage with my friend, neighbor and retro-future co-conspirator Brian Horrigan. Brian wrote a book in 1984 titled Yesterday's Tomorrows to accompany the Smithsonian exhibit of the same name. We'll be taking a look at some of our favorite film clips and images from 20th century futurism.

The Turf Club is a bar, so unfortunately it's not an all-ages event. But if you're underage I'm sure you can find a good fake ID by Tuesday. Rumor has it that the first 10 people who arrive will receive a free hoverboard. But rumor also has it that I'm a liar. Swing by and drink up; it should be a good time.


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I had a great time at the History of Hip. My wife and I were in town from Chicago.

What was the name of the movie in the first clip, the one from the 30s in the ultramodern world of 1980?

February 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJoe

The movie is called Just Imagine. Thanks for coming out! Hope you had fun!

February 4, 2010 | Registered CommenterMatt Novak


I am a british design student writing my dissertation on retro-future. I don't suppose that this was filmed?



March 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSamuel Johnson

It was! You can view video from that night here:

March 3, 2010 | Registered CommenterMatt Novak

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