Century 21 Anticipated
I was not quite twelve when the Seattle World's fair opened. Our excitement over it was infectious though. We dreamed of flying cars someday, and traveling to distant planets. Our promise lay just ahead in the 21st century. We were waiting for a man to go to the moon, and watched Sputnik fly overhead on a summer night. We knew it was Sputnik because it was the only thing in the sky at that altitude.
Millions of Century 21 pins were distributed to everyone in the state, and to almost all vistors who came to experience the fair. As you can see, I still have one. I also have some other mementos from that era, or pertaining to it.
My sister-in-law sent me a souvenier Seattle World's Fair ashtray one year. I had thought several times about selling it on Ebay, but here it is still in my collection. I found the book about the fair several years ago in a used book store. That tiny thing in the ashtray is the Century 21 pin (near the top of the space needle where it says World), but it didn't show up well so I tried to take a closer shot.
The Space Needle is still in place even through several earthquakes (1965 - 65M; 2001 - 6.8M) and many other small ones. It must be like a Weeble: it might wobble but it won't fall down!
The Science Center was such fun to visit because they always had really high tech exibits and people who would demonstrate them. The Food Court was a favorite place to hang out and get any kind of food you wanted...all in one place. We'd ride up in the Bubblator to see what was going on up on the second floor, walk around up there and ride down again just to be inside that see-through elevator.
One of my next stops would be the Wild Mouse ride. It was so scary because it was just like a small roller coaster, but when it got to a corner it would go out over the edge and you thought it was going to go right over the side. We watched how it operated while we were still on the ground so we knew that's what it did, but we still let out a squeal when it happened.
Next up was the monorail. I was convinced that thing was going to fall off the track too, and it went to fast you barely got on and sat down, caught your breath, and you were at your destination.
Did you go to the Seattle World's Fair too? What did you like best at the fair?