Wanted: Locals’ 1962 Seattle World’s Fair memories

March 27, 2012

By Staff

April 21 marks 50 years since the Century 21 Exposition opened — and transformed the Puget Sound region.

Though the fair unfolded 17 miles east, on the Seattle Center grounds, Issaquah residents headed to the expo in hordes.

Some Issaquah residents spent a summer working at the fair. Many more residents crossed Lake Washington to experience the fair’s futuristic fun.

Issaquah also greeted travelers as the Century 21 Exposition at a tourism station along U.S. Route 10, a precursor to Interstate 90.

Now, as the fair’s 50th anniversary approaches, The Issaquah Press is seeking Century 21 memories from local residents for upcoming coverage of the milestone.

Email your contact information to editor@isspress.com by April 18, or contact the newspaper on Twitter at www.twitter.com/issaquahpress, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/issaquahpress.

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One Response to “Wanted: Locals’ 1962 Seattle World’s Fair memories”

  1. Vance & Chrissy Mylroie on April 1st, 2012 5:32 pm

    Yesterday, Friday, March 30th, fifty years ago, Mommy and I went out on our very first date.
    The Seattle World’s Fair was not quite open just yet so I convinced little Chrissy that we should try to sneak in for a bit of a preview. She hesitantly obliged. We found a loose chain link fence, snuck through and in we went.
    The unopened Space Needle. It all seemed so amazing even in complete darkness. But then a Security Guard’s flashlight beamed at us and he demanded to know exactly what we thought we were doing. Long story short … I explained and he then, gleefully, proceeded to escort us everywhere, all over the place as if the entire spectacle was all of his own personal doing.
    Thank you Mr Security Guard. It was a really great start!
    It’s been a wonderful life so far.
    Thank God for Mommy. Given the chance I’d do it all over again. In a heartbeat.

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