Councilmember Mike O’Brien’s fondest memory of the Seattle Center took place in the Pacific Science Center during the 1980’s. Watch this video to find out what he was doing at the Science Center and how true his predictions were.
Historical perspective from Seattle Municipal Archives:
Leading up to the World’s Fair, the US Government committed over $9 million to the fair, chiefly to build the NASA-themed United States Science Exhibit (now the Pacific Science Center). A number of foreign governments provided the international flavor crucial to a World’s Fair, and eventually 35 states signed on as exhibitors.
More information from the Pacific Science Center:
Pacific Science Center began as the United States Science Pavilion during the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. Millions came to explore the wonders of science during the World’s Fair and upon closing ceremonies, the Science Pavilion was given new life as the private not-for-profit Pacific Science Center, becoming the first U.S. museum founded as a science and technology center. On July 22, 2010 Pacific Science Center was declared a City of Seattle Landmark.
For more information on this weekend’s Next 50 opening celebration at the Seattle Center, visit http://www.thenextfifty.org/.
Seattle Municipal Archives has some excellent resources on the 1962 World’s Fair. Click to view digital files, text files. Image files can be viewed here and here.