April 21, 2012
Fifty years ago today on April 21, 1962, the Century 21 Exposition opened to Seattle and the world. Celebrate this momentous occasion by taking part in the festivities of The Next Fifty. Visit Seattle Center today and participate in the many events and activities lined up. Highlights include an opening ceremony scheduled at 10:30 am, entertainment, and the unveiling of the new MOHAI exhibit on the Fair. For details on the schedule of events, go to Seattle Center’s Next Fifty website. The celebration continues for six months through October 21, 2012.
In preparation for the 50th anniversary, the top of the Space Needle has been painted its original “Galaxy Gold” color. It was painted for the 40th anniversary so we are thrilled to see the original mid-century hue brighten up the Seattle skyline once again. Knute Berger wrote about the original color in Crosscut. Speaking of Knute Berger, his new book, Space Needle: The Spirit of Seattle, is due to be released today.
Photo: Opening Ceremony at the Seattle World’s Fair, April 21, 1962; MOHAI Photograph Collection [19126.96.36.199]