I personally can't believe it has been 50 years since Seattle held the worlds fair- the
Century 21 Exposition. We drug our friends downtown to help us celebrate.
The space needle- which is still cool to look at today- is (I can happily say) still part of our lovely Seattle skyline.
The fountain is still there- though remodeled...it looks better than ever. Several years after the fair was over, I remember falling in it, getting totally soaked and hurting my arm (rebel that I was).
I spent many an evening at the center, in the fun park on the rides (that are no longer there- but the memories linger), and attending many music events. These days the very popular Bumbershoot (multi-music venue) is held here every year.
Heck, I saw the Beatles there at the Coliseum in 1966- that was pretty darned exciting. I remember my sister and I went, and my dad had an old Caddy limo and we made him drive us while we sat in the back, thinking we were so cool...I was amazed at all the girls screaming and crying- I just didn't get it...
I was 10 at the time, but I can remember the bubbleator- this (at the time) ultra space age clear bubble elevator, with an attendant dressed like someone out of the Jetsons cartoons. I thought that was so cool. The old Armory building stayed intact, and that is where the bubbleator was- it was the food circus, and there were lots of exhibits- all future oriented, I'm sure- though I don't remember.
I believe the basement of the building now houses the Childrens Museum.
And of course- there's the monorail- Seattle's famous train to nowhere. Our friend Janice had never been on it, so off we went on our short round trip ride.
Of course, we can't forget the lovely Pacific Science Center- I remember going to laser shows back in the day (post worlds fair), and the planetarium (pretty trippy). Now there's an Imax theater there, and currently the TUT exhibit which is in Seattle until the end of September.
New additions to the center are the add on of the lower restaurant at the Space Needle- much contested, but there it is...and the EMP (which we've never been to)...I hated it at first, but how I think it has a certain charm (for lack of a better word).
And the latest addition- the Dale Chihuly Garden and Glass- which is pretty darned cool- but that is for another blog.
If you're in Seattle, I highly recommend you spend some time at the Seattle Center this summer, and don't forget to check out the glass gardens and exhibit- I think you will like it.