National Geographic : 1962 Sep
Pavilion, a vision of white with Gothic arches and crystal pools, lofted five shining towers domed in stony lace (page 412). Gleaming aluminum sheathed the sweeping roof of the Washington State Coliseum, site of the "World of Tomorrow" theme show. On one side of the 74-acre fairgrounds ranged a group of buildings that will serve the Pacific Northwest for generations to come. Partly new, partly refurbished, the Seattle Civic Center includes a splendid Opera House, an Arena for sports, a Fine Arts Pavilion, and an 800-seat Playhouse (painting, pages 408-9). Throughout the Fair fantasy prevailed in structures shaped like bubbles, stars, sun bursts, flowers, snowflakes, honeycombs, and rippling ribbons. My time machine dropped down to its heli port atop the mid-Fair Armory, and I climbed out to meet the future face to face. By Bubblelator to Tomorrow "Step to the rear of the sphere," called the operator of the Bubblelator, a ball-shaped elevator of Plexiglas that rises from the floor of the Coliseum into "floating" clusters of silver cubes near the ceiling (page 406). I stood with my mother, Mrs. Nola Bennett of Kosciusko, Mississippi, whom I had brought to Seattle in celebration of her 80th birthday. In her lifetime my mother has witnessed man's most spectacular technological revo lution, one that produced the telephone, auto mobile, airplane, electric power, radio, tele 405 Riding a lazy susan in the sky, diners in the Eye of the Needle restaurant revel in a panoramic view. Downtown Seattle, Puget Sound, the Olympics, and Lakes Union and Washington pass in re view. Snow-crested Cascades ap pear on the horizon at far left. Only the dining area of the Eye moves, completing a 360° turn once each hour; windows and kitch en remain stationary. Patrons who leave purses on the window ledge find they have disappeared-to return 60 minutes later. Space Needle cocktail, held by restaurant manager Jack Borg, comes in a Needle-shaped glass. Lake Union lies far below.