Stories from the 1962 World's Fair

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.

Remember 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.

Conversations: Alber Fisher

We recall Seattle World's Fair memories with Albert Fisher, the former Director of Television and Motion Pictures for the 1962 World's Fair. Fisher was just 20 years old when he got the job which changed his life. He shares his memories of President Kennedy, Elvis Presley, and much more.

Music of Art and Toni Mineo for the 1962 World's Fair

Attilio (“Art”) Mineo and wife Toni Mineo were musicians based in Tacoma, Washington at the time of the Seattle World’s Fair. In 1962, Art was contacted by the World’s Fair organizers to compose space-themed music for the Bubbleator ride... Read more and listen to Music by Art and Toni Mineo

Stories from the Fair: Director John Gordon Hill

Director John Gordon Hill lived in Seattle at the time of the fair. In this interview, John shares with us his memories of the 1962 World's Fair.

Stories from the Fair: Enrique Cerna

Enrique Cerna is the executive producer for the KCTS 9 documentary, 'The 1962 World's Fair: When Seattle Invented the Future." Enrique was nine at the time of the fair, which he attended with his family.


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Thought you might like to know who actually designed the Bubbleator - Thomas C. Howard of Synergetics, Inc in Raleigh, NC. It was designed for the World of Tomorrow exhibit in Key Arena. TC Howard designed the cube cloud exhibit and the Bubbleator. Also at the Seattle World's Fair, TC Howard designed the Ford Pavilion, a geodesic dome and the geodesic dome screen Spacearium, now the Laser Dome.

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