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Insider's Guide

1962 World's Fair

Fifty years ago, the 1962 World’s Fair did more than just celebrate global culture. It put Seattle on display, inspired world leaders, and erected a certain needle-shaped tower. A look at the 184 days that changed Seattle—and the world—forever.

07/25/2012 With Kathryn Robinson, Matthew Halverson, Laura Cassidy, Christopher Werner, Laura Dannen, Brian Colella, Allecia Vermillion, and Janet Pelz By James Ross Gardner and Allison Williams

Top Stories

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Fiction: Jim Lynch’s World’s Fair Tale, Truth Like the Sun

An exclusive excerpt from the forthcoming novel Truth Like the Sun.

01/20/2012 By Jim Lynch

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Spring Arts 2012: Then and Now

The lasting cultural legacy of the 1962 World’s Fair was the city’s new civic hub, Seattle Center, home to world-class opera, ballet, theater, art—and a visit from King Tut—then, and now.

01/21/2012 By Laura Dannen With Allie Oosta and Brian Colella

Table of Contents

Arts & Culture

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Faces of the Fair

03/13/2012

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Northwest Bookshelf: Science on Ice

In Science on Ice: Four Polar Expeditions, Seattle photojournalist and oceanographer Chris Linder offers us an over-the-shoulder glimpse as researchers seek answers in the planet’s most frigid terrains.

01/26/2012

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Dispatches from Seattlemet.com

The best of Seattlemet.com blogs: Nosh Pit, Culture Fiend, Wear What When, and Sauced.

01/26/2012 By Christopher Werner

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Pacific Northwest Ballet Premiere’s a New Quixote

Don Quixote makes its U.S. debut this month at Pacific Northwest Ballet.

01/25/2012 By Laura Dannen

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The Perfect Party

This month’s party guests: Paula Clapp, Philip Eaton, Donald Byrd, Dave Isay, Robin Held, and Ali Tarhouni.

01/25/2012 By Allison Williams

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Touchdowns for Price Tags

Battered by $1.9 billion in cuts to K–12 education since 2009, educators across Washington increasingly say they have no choice but to foist the cost of athletics onto families.

01/25/2012 By Claudia Rowe

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Trade Secrets: Kill It at Karaoke

David Boardman, executive editor of The Seattle Times, belts out a mean karaoke number. Here, he shares his secrets.

01/25/2012 By Allie Oosta

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Spring Arts 2012: Then and Now

The lasting cultural legacy of the 1962 World’s Fair was the city’s new civic hub, Seattle Center, home to world-class opera, ballet, theater, art—and a visit from King Tut—then, and now.

01/21/2012 By Laura Dannen With Allie Oosta and Brian Colella

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Seattle Met Picks

The best things to do in February: Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert at the Paramount, Jennifer Egan at Benaroya Hall, the Wintergrass Bluegrass Festival in Bellevue, and more.

01/20/2012 By Laura Dannen

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Fiction: Jim Lynch’s World’s Fair Tale, Truth Like the Sun

An exclusive excerpt from the forthcoming novel Truth Like the Sun.

01/20/2012 By Jim Lynch

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Seattle Center House Recycled

In time for the 50th anniversary of the World’s Fair, Graham Baba Architects turns the old armory into a house of light.

01/20/2012 By David Laskin

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Visionaries Imagine Seattle in 2062

David Miller, Erik Lindbergh, and Dr. Leroy Hood imagine Seattle 50 years from now.

01/20/2012 By James Ross Gardner and Brian Colella

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The Seattle World’s Fair in 2012

In 1962, Seattle introduced the world to the Space Needle and Belgian waffles. Peter Steinbrueck, Tom Douglas, and John Findlay imagine a 2012 version.

01/20/2012

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The 1962 World’s Fair: A Timeline

A timeline of the 1962 World’s Fair.

01/20/2012

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1962 World’s Fair 50th Anniversary

Fifty years ago, the 1962 World’s Fair did more than just celebrate global culture. It put Seattle on display, inspired world leaders, and erected a certain needle-shaped tower. A look at the 184 days that changed Seattle—and the world—forever.

01/20/2012 With Kathryn Robinson, Matthew Halverson, Laura Cassidy, Christopher Werner, Laura Dannen, Brian Colella, Allecia Vermillion, and Janet Pelz By James Ross Gardner and Allison Williams

Eat & Drink

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Katsu Burger’s Mt. Fuji Mega Burger, Deconstructed

Chef Hajime Sato breaks down the Mt. Fuji Mega Burger at his Georgetown restaurant Katsu Burger.

01/26/2012 By Allecia Vermillion

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That’s Amaro

Mike Easton of Il Corvo works with Capitol Hill’s Oola Distillery to bottle and sell amaro.

01/25/2012 By Allecia Vermillion

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Mezcaleria Oaxaca Opens on Queen Anne

The little sister of La Carta de Oaxaca opens on Queen Anne Avenue with a few new things.

01/25/2012 By Kathryn Robinson

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Altura’s Heavenly Italian Restaurant on Capitol Hill

Altura, Capitol Hill’s new Italian restaurant, serves meals touched by an angel.

01/25/2012 By Kathryn Robinson

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Met List: Belgian Waffles

Where to go for Belgium’s signature treat.

01/24/2012 By Allecia Vermillion

Editor's Note

Editor's Note

Grand Visions for Seattle

Can the city make miracles again?

01/27/2012 By Katherine Koberg

Home & Real Estate

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One Woman’s Quest to Solarize Magnolia

Magnolia will be the site of Northwest Seed’s next Solarize campaign, thanks in large part to Pam Lewis, chair of Sustainable Magnolia.

01/25/2012 By Matthew Halverson

Web Exclusive

Slideshow: Seattle’s 10 Greatest Homes

See interiors, details, and more views of Seattle’s 10 greatest homes.

12/20/2011

Inbox

News & City Life

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Seattle’s Little Intimacy Problem

Confessions of a Seattle freezer.

01/25/2012 By Kathryn Robinson

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Boxer Queen Underwood, 2012 Olympic Hopeful

The "queen of the ring" trains for Olympic boxing.

01/25/2012 By Matthew Halverson

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Paul Allen’s Unlikely Space-Faring Venture

Paul Allen space project Stratolaunch won’t blast off until at least 2016. In the meantime, keep an eye on Space Exploration Technologies, the Silicon Valley startup founded by Tesla Motors mogul Elon Musk.

01/25/2012 By Matthew Halverson

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Romotive Turns Your iPhone into a Robot

Romotive—which gained recognition while participating in Seattle startup incubator TechStars—turns your iPhone into a talking, roving, slightly annoying robot.

01/25/2012

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The Math: Street Charity and the Rules of Engagement

Canvassing, complaints, and codes of conduct, by the numbers.

01/25/2012

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This is Your Brain on Love

Neuroscience has a lot to say about the emotion most celebrated on February 14.

01/25/2012 By James Ross Gardner

Style & Shopping

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La Tienda’s World’s Fair Beginnings

How the World's Fair's Mexican Pavilion inspired Leslie Grace to open Ballard store La Tienda.

01/26/2012 By Janet Pelz

Web Exclusives

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An Interview with Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize–Winning Author of A Visit From the Goon Squad

Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of A Visit From the Goon Squad, visits Benaroya Hall this month as part of Seattle Arts and Lectures.

01/20/2012 By Laura Dannen

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Brave New Fashions

View a slideshow of space-age fashions from Town and Country magazine, August 1962.

01/20/2012

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Vintage Video from Seattle’s 1962 World’s Fair

Listen to President Kennedy’s opening remarks for the 1962 World’s Fair. Join an excited young couple for a ride on the Monorail. And rock out with Elvis in the movie trailer for It Happened at the World’s Fair.

01/20/2012