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Building the Astrodome: The Parallels Between Creating and Saving the 8th Wonder of the World

Building the Astrodome: The Parallels Between Creating and Saving the 8th Wonder of the World

The Astrodome in 1965. Photo: Ted Rozumalski - The Sporting News Archives/Wikipedia Commons.Building the Astrodome Book CoverAs Houston’s NRG Stadium prepares to host the Super Bowl next year, that ever-present question remains about what to do with the neighboring Astrodome.

Architect James Gast sees parallels between that debate and the efforts that got the dome built in the first place.

Gast is the author of The Astrodome: Building an American Spectacleand he joins us to discuss what first motivated Houston’s leaders to want to build the Astrodome, the role the dome played in integrating Houston and the political maneuvering it took to get it built.

(Above: The Astrodome in 1965. Photo: Ted Rozumalski, The Sporting News Archives/Wikipedia Commons)

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Michael Hagerty

Michael HagertyMichael Hagerty is the Senior Producer for Houston Matters. He has a degree in journalism from Abilene Christian University and has served as news director for NPR and PBS stations around Texas and The West, including: KUNR-FM in Reno, Nev.; KNPB-TV in Reno, Nev.; and KWBU-TV/FM in Waco, Texas. He got his start on the air as a college student hosting Morning Edition at KACU-FM in Abilene, Texas. A native of the Chicago area and an avid Cubs fan, Michael spent four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.View all posts by Michael Hagerty →