1962 World's Fair Minutes

THE PACIFIC SCIENCE CENTER

Before Cheryl Chow began a long career of civic involvement, she was a teenaged employee at the 1962 fair. Hear how the fair opened up new horizons for the daughter of the famous Seattle restauranteur, Ruby Chow.

Some of the historical footage for this video is provided courtesy of Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection, MOHAI.

SEIKE GARDENS




The Seike Garden greeted fair visitors as they travelled north on Route 99. It became so treasured by the community that you can still visit it today.

SWAYING SPACE NEEDLE




Seattle jazz legend Overton Berry remembers finding himself playing a gig at the top of the Space Needle.

THE WORLD CAME




Hear how the 1962 World's Fair stirred curiosity about all things international for the young Steves.

REMEMBER THE BUBBLEATOR?

During its six month run, Seattle’s 1962 World’s Fair awed and entertained about ten million visitors. No trip to the fair was complete without a ride in the famous Bubbleator. Get a quick history of a Seattle icon and hear from an original Bubbleator operator.

This World's Fair Minute is brought to you by KCTS 9 and MOHAI in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Seattle World's Fair.

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GRACIE HANSEN AND SHOW STREET

Karoline Morrison had just finished a stint as a showgirl and cigarette vendor in Los Angeles when she returned to Seattle just in time for the World’s Fair.

Some of the historical footage for this video is provided courtesy of KVOS Channel 12 Films, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Western Washington University.

TRACKING DOWN THE BUBBLEATOR




The Bubbleator was one of the most visited attractions at the 1962 World's Fair. Find out where it is today.

OPERATING THE BUBBLEATOR



At age 21, John Gessner, was the youngest Bubbleator operator. Hear his recollections of hosting one of the most visited attractions at the 1962 World's Fair.