The University of Houston recently added a lecture by author Jim Gast to its Astrodome Collection. Recorded earlier this year, the lecture presents the history, development, and engineering of the Astrodome. View it online here. Running time: 46:32
Thanks to the University of Houston Libraries for making the talk available online!
Author Jim Gast appears in the new documentary, The Eighth Wonder of the World, which premieres on the MLB Network Tuesday, December 15 at 9:00 p.m. ET . See details and a trailer here. Narrated by Houston native Dennis Quaid, the film tells the Astrodome story from construction, through over forty years of history. The filmmakers interviewed President George H. W. Bush, Houston native and CBS news anchor Dan Rather, tennis legend Billie Jean King, baseball Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan, and other Astros veterans.
Click here for a complete schedule of air dates in December.
The Astrodome turns fifty this week, and you’ll be hearing a lot about the building–and the Astrodome Book— in the news.
You might want to begin by turning your clock back fifty years with this excerpt from the book, recalling early April of 1965, and the week that the Houston Astros moved into their brand-new ballpark and found a few problems.
Next, move on to the Houston Chronicle’s Bayou City History Blog, and a new piece by author Jim Gast about the Dome’s close call at the polls in 1962.
Then take a look as Chronicle columnist Lisa Falkenberg thinks big about the Astrodome’s future, and includes several quotes from the book.
But there’s no time like the present, and you won’t want to miss a rare opportunity to visit the Dome on Thursday evening. Harris County Judge Emmett, Preservation Houston and the National Trust for Historic Preservation are sponsoring a special 50th birthday party for the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” offering a free celebration of music, food and drinks, followed by a rare opportunity for the public go inside the historic Astrodome for a photo with friends and family.
Astrodome author Jim Gast will speak and sign books at the Houston History Book Fair & Symposium on Saturday, November 8 at 1:00 PM.
Astrodome author Jim Gast will lecture on the book during Houston Modern Market Week on Sunday, October 26 2014 at 1:00 PM. The event will be at Winter Street Studios, 2101 Winter St. in Houston, and the lecture is included with your Market admission. Books will be available for sale. For details please visit www.houstonmodernmarket.com.
I will be discussing The Astrodome and signing copies at two September events:
Houston: Tuesday, September 23, 6:00 PM: Preservation Houston and The Heritage Society present a special program featuring the new book: The Astrodome: Building an American Spectacle. Meet the author at 6 PM; program begins at 6:30. St. Paul Methodist Church, 5501 Main St. Free for Heritage Society and Preservation Houston members, $5 for non-members. astrodome.eventbrite.com
Austin: Wednesday September 24, 5:30 PM: at the Austin Center for Architecture, 801 W. 12th Street. Co-hosted by MidTexMod and AIA Austin.
Astrodome author Jim Gast talks about the book with host Khambrel Marshall on @KPRCLocal2 Houston Newsmakers. The interview appears in the show’s first segment.
Sunday’s Houston Chronicle features several excerpts from The Astrodome: Building an American Spectacle. The excerpts appeared in the paper’s Opinion Section. View the story here
(Unlike the print edition of the paper, the web version is a bit jumbled and at times it is hard to tell where one excerpt ends and another begins).
The e-book is now on sale at Amazon. Buy the e-book here. The print edition will be available at the end of July.