the first issue of the whole earth catalogue was published in 1968, featuring information and directions on how to shape our own environment in the changing modern world. updated issues were published on & off into the 1990s.
now in the 21st century, we have the guide/website worldchanging (which is co-founded by the whole earth's final editor)--but i'd still love to get my hands on an original copy of the catalogue.
an excerpt from the introduction:
We are as gods and might as well get good at it. So far, remotely done power and glory — as via government, big business, formal education, church — has succeeded to the point where gross defects obscure actual gains. In response to this dilemma and to these gains a realm of intimate, personal power is developing — power of the individual to conduct his own education, find his own inspiration, shape his own environment, and share his adventure with whoever is interested. Tools that aid this process are sought and promoted by the WHOLE EARTH CATALOG...and their closing:
stay hungry, stay foolish.