Seattle World's Fair Anniversary

World's Fair Anniversary
5:18 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Update: The 'Trees' design wins Space Needle contest

The design that will adorn the top of the Space Needle.

The contest for designing the top of the Seattle Space Needle went from six choices to one - trees.

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Arts
1:56 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Why build a wall out of Jell-O?

Jell-O brick wall under construction at the Seattle Center grounds near the Monorail station.
Paula Wissel KPLU

Just steps away from the Monorail station at the Seattle Center, a wall is being constructed out of Jell-O.  A lightweight mortar holds the raspberry, orange and blackberry fusion "bricks" in place.   

The Jell-O brick wall is the work of sculptors Lisa Hein and Robert Seng. It was commissioned as part of the 50 year celebration of the Seattle World's Fair.

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World's Fair Anniversary
10:09 am
Tue August 28, 2012

House of the future built at Seattle Center

Seattle Center's 'House of the Immediate Future' in situ.
Aaron Hushagen KPLU

A new two-story home is under construction near the Space Needle at the Seattle Center.

Called the "House of the Immediate Future," it's part of the "Next 50" anniversary celebration of the 1962 Seattle World's Fair.

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World's Fair Anniversary
4:15 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

#topthis – Public to design the Space Needle’s top

Can you do this better? The Space Needle's owners want you to try.
The Associated Press

The roof of Seattle's iconic Space Needle was repainted on Tuesday with the message "top this" to promote a new contest in honor of the 50th anniversary of the 1962 World's Fair.

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Classroom of the Future
7:00 am
Thu August 9, 2012

5 technologies Seattle-area kids say will rule education

Ruby Kresge envisions schools on space stations. School space busses will be driven by aliens.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

Fifty years ago a group of Seattle students were asked to make predictions about the “classroom of the future,” as part of the 1962 Century 21 World’s Fair. They came back with a mixed bag: phones that fit in your pocket? Check. Flying cars? Still waiting. (None mentioned high-stakes tests, Lunchables or Wikipedia.)

This year as part of the fair’s 50th anniversary, the Seattle Center asked students to make their own predictions about what school will look like 50 years from now.

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Space Needle
2:41 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Tucson man wins space trip in Space Needle contest (video)

Gregory Schneider answers questions while walking the ring atop the Seattle Space Needle. Schneider won the Needle's trip into space.
Jake Ellison KPLU

Gregory Schneider of Tucson, Ariz., has won a trip to space in celebration of the Seattle Space Needle's 50th anniversary.

He beat out five finalists in Seattle this week for some final competitions. (Video of the event after the jump.)

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I Wonder Why ... ?
1:16 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Why does Seattle still care about the World's Fair?

The Seattle World’s Fair – which opened 50 years ago this weekend – was pretty small on the global scale, compared to later World’s Fairs in Montreal or Vancouver, B.C., or Seville, Spain. It would seem tiny next to the immense Exposition in Shanghai in 2010.

But the memories of 1962 burn strong for those who attended. And historians and civic leaders say the legacy still matters today.

Even if you're brand-new to Seattle, you might have heard that once upon a time there was a World’s Fair here. Maybe, you even learned about it on an elevator ride – to the top of the 605-foot Space Needle.

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Arts
9:20 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

'Next 50' is meant to remind you to check-out Seattle Center

In anticipation of the 50th Anniversary of the Space Needle’s opening at the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair this Saturday, the Space Needle has been painted back to its original “Galaxy Gold” color.
The Associated Press

Fifty years ago this weekend Seattle kicked off it’s biggest event ever -- the Century-21 World Exposition. Now, city leaders are hoping the public will come check-out what the fairgrounds have become, the city's arts campus. 

Seattle Center now attracts more visitors per year than the World’s Fair did during its six-month run. That’s partly thanks to some major events, such as Bumbershoot and the Folklife Festival, as well as concerts in Key Arena.

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Seattle's world fair
9:26 am
Tue March 20, 2012

5 fiascos of the Seattle World's Fair

Expecting a parking crisis during the World’s Fair, Seattle officials invested heavily … the crisis turned out to be too much available parking.
Seattle Municipal Archives

By Knute Berger of Crosscut

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Seattle World's Fair, it's time to remember some of the crimes and blunders that went along with it. Some even launched new industries.

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Life in the Northwest
1:47 pm
Fri August 26, 2011

Revisit Century 21 through Seattle Library's online collection

The Coliseum and Space Needle under construction. 10/30/61
Seattle Public Library

Where were you in '62?

Just in time for the 50th anniversary of the World's Fair in Seattle, the Seattle Public Library has put the Century 21 Exposition Digital Collection online for all to see.

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Seattle Center Master Plan
5:25 am
Tue March 1, 2011

Improvements planned for Seattle Center Food Court

The Seattle Center Food Court, inside the Center House, February 28, 2011. It will close close July 1st for demolition. New food services are to be in place in time for the anniversary celebrations of the 1962 World's Fair.
Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU

It looks like the Seattle Center Food Court will soon be run by a concessionaire that has current contracts with Woodland Park Zoo and Point Defiance Zoo. 

The Seattle Center has announced a letter-of-intent with Lancer Hospitality. 

The space was built originally as an armory, completed in 1939.  Located at the base of the Space Needle, it was famous in the 1970s for the Bubbleator amusement ride (now in Burien) and for at that time newfangled food attractions, such as Orange Julius smoothies. 

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Seattle World's Fair Anniversary
5:15 am
Mon December 13, 2010

Fun Forest future undecided

The Fun Forest at the Seattle Center.
Flickr/Life As Art

The decision about what will replace the Fun Forest at Seattle Center is still up in the air. This fall, a review panel recommended converting it into an exhibition space celebrating local glass artist Dale Chihuly.

That proposal promises millions in much-needed revenue. But the backers of several other ideas haven’t given up hope.

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Seattle World's Fair Anniversary
8:43 am
Fri December 10, 2010

Ferris wheel plans pit Seattle Center against Pier 57

A modern-style 200-foot Ferris wheel, reminiscent of Britain's London Eye (shown here), is coming to Seattle Center in April for the 50th anniversary of the 1962 World's Fair.
AP

A futuristic Ferris Wheel is causing a flap in Seattle. 

The Seattle Center has announced  it is planning to install an extra-tall "observation wheel" reminiscent of the British capital's London Eye.  It will go up in April and remain for 18 months on the site of the Fun Forest for the Center's 50th anniversary, commemorating the 1962 World's Fair. 

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