After we explored the United States Science Pavilion, Dad gave my brother
the next pick. He chose the "Gayway" - nineteen
thrill rides - newly created and just invented for our World's Fair by German and Italian engineers!
We drove this little
gasoline-powered sports car around a specially created track. Then we went on the "Geister Express", a two-level ride through
a spooky dark Swiss nightmare scene. Then we went through the
"Allotria", a German Fun House. What a blast!
Mom decided she needed something to do that didn't beep, spin or bump,
so she took her choice next - a slow stroll to The Coliseum Century 21
Theme Building. Dad said the Coliseum is so big that it covers
nearly four acres! I have no idea how it remains standing, but it's quite
a sight! It's eleven stories high, but has absolutely no inside supports.
(Being an engineer, my father knows things like this.) My favorite part was
the Bubbleator - the bullet shaped plastic
elevator. It takes you all the way to the top, to the floating city
of the future. This is where they have all the displays to show how people
might live in the future. What will life be
like in the year 2000? According to the exhibits in the floating city
of the future, we're going to wear plastic clothes, use solar powered appliances,
and eat foods made from cotton and wood wastes!
Can wood wastes make you hungry? One turn around the floating city,
and my whole family was starving! Dad
took us out to lunch in the Food Circus.
I think the Food Circus was my Mom's favorite section of the Fair. There
are about thirty different food places, arranged around three open spaces
- like rings in a circus. First, you visit whichever food place you
want, then you bring your food back, and meet your family at one of the tables
at ring side. Each ring has performing acts you can watch while you eat -
magicians, tumblers, dancers, singing groups!
From ring side (from everywhere really) you can see the Space
Needle, the "Eye in the Sky". It was designed to look like a flying saucer,
and it does! At the very top is a restaurant. On top of the restaurant is
a beacon (a light) that shines up into the sky. And the restaurant spins! It
revolves in a complete circle once every hour. All it takes to turn this big room full of
people is a single one-horsepower motor! The people
who built the Space Needle said that they could turn the earth around
with the same motor, if they only had something to set the earth on!
The Space Needle is the tallest building west of the Mississippi River
(Dad said), and it's the symbol of the Seattle World's Fair. It's about 600
feet high! I wanted to take the elevator up to the observation deck. The
elevator rises on the outside of the spire. It has portholes so you can see
out. But the line was too long. Instead, I chose to stroll the "Boulevards of the World."
We didn't buy anything. Everything
was too expensive. But we had a lot of fun window shopping at all the
things for sale.
What can I say? The Seattle World's Fair is simply .... the best
fair ever! Dad says the real
stars of the fair are the engineers from around the world who built it.
Well, that's it for now. Write me back soon! Signing off ....Your pen pal, ME!
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