Seattle's Space Age World's Fair: Stories of Art, Science, Technology, and Souvenirs
Jack Straw Productions and KUOW are producing a series of radio pieces about Music/Culture, Space, Technology, and Souvenirs/Legacies at the Fair with reporter Harriet Baskas. This 4-part series will be aired on KUOW-FM beginning in May.

Episode 1: Art, Culture, and Music at Seattle’s Space Age World’s Fair
KUOW Air date: Monday, May 21st on Morning Edition, KUOW Presents, and All Things Considered

2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. Dubbed Century 21, many pavilions at the space-themed exposition looked to the future. The fairgrounds were also filled with music and amusements of all kinds. In the first of a four part series produced by Jack Straw Productions and KUOW, Harriet Baskas looks at some cultural impacts of Seattle’s Space Age World’s Fair.

Seattle's Space Age World's Fair: Art, Culture, and Music was produced by KUOW and Jack Straw Productions with funding support from 4 Culture.

Photo at right: Gracie Hansen feeding apple to dancer, courtesy MOHAI

Gracie Hansen feeding apple to dancer - Courtesy MOHAI
   

Episode 2: Space Is the Place
KUOW Air date: Friday, July 20th on Morning Edition, KUOW Presents, and All Things Considered

This summer marks the 50th anniversary of the 1962 Seattle World's Fair – an event shaped by the Soviet Union's launch of sputnik, President Eisenhower's creation of NASA and President Kennedy's promise to put a man on the moon. In this second part of our series on the fair, produced with Jack Straw Productions, Harriet Baskas explores science and space at Seattle's Space Age World's Fair.

Seattle's Space Age World's Fair: Space Is the Place was produced by KUOW and Jack Straw Productions with funding support from 4 Culture.

John Gessner

John Gessner, one of the original Bubbleator operators at the Seattle World's Fair. 100 passengers at a time rode the round elevator to the World of Tomorrow in the Washington State Coliseum.

Gracie Hansen feeding apple to dancer - Courtesy MOHAI
   

Episode 3: Technology at the Fair
KUOW Air date: Tuesday, October 9th on Morning Edition and All Things Considered; Wednesday, October 10th on KUOW Presents

The Fair gave visitors a peek at how they might communicate and use something called a computer in the 21st Century. In the third part of our series on the fair, Harriet Baskas looks at some of technological innovations unveiled at Seattle's Space Age World's Fair.

Thank you to the staff and volunteers at Seattle's Museum of Communications.

Seattle's Space Age World's Fair: Technology at the Fair was produced by KUOW and Jack Straw Productions with funding support from 4 Culture.

Rich Barger

The Seattle Museum of Communications' Rich Barger with the Bellboy.

L-R: Bellboy, Space Age Cordless Telephone (photos by Harriet Baskas, courtesy Seattle Museum of Communications)
 

Episode 4: Souvenirs at the Fair
KUOW Air date: Friday, October 19th on Morning Edition, KUOW Presents, and All Things Considered

Fifty years ago on Sunday, October 21st, the Seattle World's Fair came to an end. For six months, nearly 10 million people visited the Century 21 Exposition. The Space age themed fair left behind many memories and a lot of memorabilia. In the final part of our series on the Seattle World's Fair, Harriet Baskas looks at some of the stories behind the souvenirs.

Seattle's Space Age World's Fair: Souvenirs of Seattle's World's Fair was produced by KUOW and Jack Straw Productions with funding support from 4 Culture.

Rich Barger

Jean Roth with big blue stuffed dog (photo by Harriet Baskas)

Paula Jones, 9 millionth visitor, in 1962 (courtesy WA State Archives, Puget Sound Regional Branch) and 2012 (by Harriet Baskas)
 

 

Image courtesy Seattle Center Foundation
Image courtesy WA State Archives



Image courtesy Albert Fisher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
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