Hemisfair '68 and the Transformation of San Antonio

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In 1968, a world's fair sparked a transformation of San Antonio. A monolithic Old Guard overcame four decades of post-Depression lethargy to put on the event, only to find itself soon overthrown by populist forces unleashed by the new energy. As change rippled outward, rising minority political groups gained a decisive voice in economic developments. In this book the author records the HemisFair and post-HemisFair experiences and reflections of 34 prominent San Antonians, told in their own words.

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Sterlin Holmesly was Sunday Editor of the San Antonio Express-News during HemisFair '68. In his 34-year career at the newspaper he also served as managing editor and as editorial director.

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Like most of the narratives, the Powell and McCombs accounts have the easy feel of casual conversations, rather than regurgitated dead history. . . .

The fruit of his admirable effort to record living history is a complex and panoramic portrait of San Antonio, told by players, insiders and close observers, during a period of tectonic political and social shifts. These included the medical center, UTSA and single member City Council districts. It is clear this was an era in which San Antonio's sense of itself and its own possiblities expanded.

For anyone with even a casual interest inlocal history, this book is an invaluable resource, and some of it is fun to read as well. --San Antonio Express-News

Rather than a history of HemisFair 68 activities and goings-on, Holmesly instead provides intriguing personal stories about the planning and building of the fair, its major impact on San Antonio culture and politics, how the event attracted people to the city from around the world and what this did to forever change the community. --Review of Texas Books

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