Monday, August 26, 2019

Looking Into the Future

Excerpt from Murder, She Encountered
by Peg Cochran
Coming December 2019

New York City, 1939 “I got to see a bit of the Fair yesterday,” Elizabeth said.  She broke off a piece of her roll and buttered it.  “I saw the City of the Future.  It was quite fascinating.”

“No doubt,” Helen said in dismissive tones.  “But why anyone would want to look into the future is beyond me.  I prefer things just the way they are.”

“The whole Fair revolves around the future and the inventions that will be commonplace tomorrow.  For instance, hosiery made of nylon.  It’s so much stronger than silk.”

Helen shuddered.  “That sounds positively dreadful.  I much prefer silk myself.”  She put down her fork.  “I heard they have a talking machine there that spouts vulgar nonsense at people going by.”

“That’s Elektro,” Elizabeth said.  “It’s a giant robot.  It even smokes cigarettes.”

“Now what possible use could that be?” Helen said. “Nonsense.  Pure nonsense.”

“Are we going to go to the Fair?” Rose looked up from the piece of meat she was cutting, her expression eager. 

“I have no desire to see the future,” George said.  “Today is good enough for me.  I’ll leave that to you young people.”  He pointed a finger at Elizabeth.  “But I strongly suspect you will be disappointed when the future does get here.  I doubt it will be anything like what you’re anticipating.”


Have you ever been to a World's Fair? I'm old enough to have visited the 1964 New York World's Fair and what a thrill!  



  1. I have not been to a World's Fair, but have read about the Chicago World's Fair in Devil in the White City by Erik Larson and wish I could have attended one. I'm looking forward to reading Murder, She Encountered ~

  2. I went to the 1964 World's Fair a number of times! We lived in Queens when it took place. I'll never forget it. I had a beautiful bracelet from the Thai pavilion, but it was stolen during one of times my NYC apartment was robbed. :-(

    1. We lived in NJ so not too far. Went once with my parents and once with my school class. I lived in NYC in the 70s and early 80s--Yorkville and then Murray Hill!

  3. I've never been to a World's Fair. I think it would be amazing.
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  4. Seattle in '62. and we still don't have flying cars (THANK GOODNESS !)