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Sunday, April 14, 2002 - 12:00 a.m. Pacific

It's a Fair question: What do you know?It happened at The Center

By Jack Broom and Bill Kossen
Seattle Times staff reporters

Step back into the past for a glimpse of the future.

Even if you never visited the 1962 World's Fair — or weren't even alive for all that fun — a few good guesses may go a long way in our Century 21 Exposition 40th Anniversary Quiz.

1) According to the official World's Fair Program, business executives by now would be working:

a) In spaceships.

b) At Enron.

c) A 24-hour week and making "a minimum of" $12,000 a year.

d) From home.

Photo2) Which of the following was NOT an exhibit at the fair?

a) Sermons from Science.

b) Jewels of the World.

c) Home of Living Light.

d) The Future Ain't What It Used to Be.
3) An exhibit at the Standard Oil Pavilion proclaimed that Seattle in 1907 had become home to the world's first:

a) Service station.

b) Cloverleaf interchange.

c) Les Schwab store.

d) Major oil spill.

Photo4) Phil Ross, right, estimated he was photographed 1,000 times a day. He was

a) A U.S. astronaut posing in the newest spacesuit.

b) A Maryland man posing as an astronaut.

c) A Marysville man posing as a baked potato.

d) A hydro driver.
5) The people-lifting "Bubbleator," shown at left in the Food Circus in 1963, actually spent the 1962 fair in:

a) Storage.

b) The Washington State Coliseum.

c) NASA headquarters.

d) Walt Disney's imagination.
Photo6) Century 21 Chairman Edward Carlson, right, showed this model to Sen. Warren G. Magnuson because:

a) A four-foot-tall balsa wood Space Needle was a fallback plan if the big one didn't work out.

b) Proposals for a "Needle toss" game raised concerns about safety.

c) Magnuson was the point man for congressional funding for the U.S. Science Pavilion.

d) Federal law requires all would-be landmarks to pose with politicians.
7) Amusement rides such as the "Flight to Mars" were among the World's Fair delights in:

a) The Gayway.

b) Thrillopolis.

c) The Fun Forest.

d) Spew City.

8) After visiting a venue on Show Street USA, a Seattle Times reporter mentioned its "abundant but never offensive":

a) Gourmet coffee.

b) Armed security guards.

c) Topless entertainment.

d) Singing schoolchildren.

9) Rock legend Elvis Presley not only visited the World's Fair, but also sang about it in a movie. Name the song:

a) "You Ain't Nothin' but a Corn Dog."

b) "Can't Help Falling into that Big Fountain."

c) "Bubbleator Rock."

d) "Take Me to the Fair."

Audio  Listen to an excerpt from the song: RealPlayer (137K) | MP3 (535K)

Photo10) The futuristic-looking machine at right was popular with youngsters at the fair because it:

a) Replicated the feeling of an earthquake.

b) Helped them relax after a stressful day.

c) Sounded like a spaceship re-entering the atmosphere.

d) Burned off the calories in an ice-cream cone while you ate one.

11) "See you in Seattle," the official theme song of the World's Fair, was recorded by the popular local group:

a) The Wailers

b) The Whalers

c) The Lancers

d) The Ivars

Audio  Listen to an excerpt from "See You in Seattle": RealPlayer (182K) | MP3 (713K).

12) Passengers got a close-up view of the planets from inside this:

Photo a) Runaway monorail car.

b) Thrill ride called "Gateway to the Galaxy."

c) Spaceship at the Ford Motor Co. Pavilion.

d) Prototype of the "Greyhound Spacebus."
13) In 1962, I orbited the Earth three times in Friendship 7, landed safely and was huge crowd-pleaser in my visit to the Seattle World's Fair. I am:

a) Glenn Close.

b) John Glenn.

c) Glynis Johns.

d) Gherman Titov.

14) A home depicted in the "World of Tomorrow" showed that in the future, dishwashing would become obsolete because:

a) Plates would be edible.

b) Plates would be disposable.

c) Plates would be self-cleaning.

d) People would get their nourishment from food pellets.

15) The Top of the Needle restaurant was considered a breakthrough in technology because it:

a) Used nuclear-powered ovens.

b) Used robots as cooks and waiters.

c) Used a one-horsepower motor to rotate the dining room once an hour.

d) Used its great view to distract people from the overpriced food.

16) On a felt-topped table, the "World's Fair All-Stars" were defeated by a traveling Oxford University team in a riveting contest of:

a) Seven-card stud.

b) Cribbage.

c) Tiddlywinks.

d) Billiards.

17) Crowds swarmed this August visitor who said he was "not looking for votes up here." The well-known figure, then running for governor of California, was:

a) Jerry Brown.

b) Ronald Reagan.

c) Richard Nixon.

d) Sonny Bono.

18) I was 30 feet tall and weighed 12 ½ tons. A display at the fair said I was the largest in the world. I was a:

a) A computer.

b) A fruitcake.

c) A clam.

d) A spaceship.

19) The highlight to "British Week" at the fair was the appearance of:

a) Queen Elizabeth.

b) Princess Di.

c) Prince Philip.

d) Sting.

20) A button some locals sported showed a pennant-waving man and the words:

a) Welcome to our world.

b) Welcome to our World's Fair.

c) Please don't jaywalk; you're in Seattle.

d) Don't gouge me! I'm a Seattleite.

21) Seattle has had two world's fairs. The first was held in 1909, at what is now the University of Washington campus, when the city was awash in Gold Rush money. It was called:

a) Century 20.

b) The Washington-Alaska-Pacific Exhibition.

c) The Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition.

d) Off because of rain.

How did you do? Hit the submit button to find out.

Jack Broom can be reached at 206-464-2222 or Bill Kossen can be reached at 206-464-2331 or Seattle Times staff reporter James Blethen contributed to this quiz.


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