A four-part quiz based on World's Fair facts from the "Space Age Frontiers" special section.

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Step right up and test your knowledge of 1962 World’s Fair facts culled from the “Space Age Frontiers” special section being featured today. It’s almost as fun as riding in the Bubbleator.


1) The headquarters of the Seattle World’s Fair received a number of offbeat suggestions from the public about how to promote it. They included:

A: Create a flaming Mount Rainier by pouring crude oil into the crater and lighting it on fire.

B: Have a Harlem Globetrotter try to shoot a basket from the top of the Needle.

C: Let everybody in free!

2) The 1962 Seattle World’s Fair also went by another name. It was:

A: The Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition

B: The Century 21 Exposition

C: A Fair to Remember

3) The World’s Fair’s carillon contained 500 bells that were electronically amplified from loudspeakers mounted on a platform 200 feet up the Space Needle. How far away could they be heard?

A: Belltown

B: Bellevue

C: Bellingham

4) The Plaza Restaurant, in a prime location between the Coliseum and the Food Circus, was known for its:

A: Prime rib, Mexican food, cocktails

B: Clam chowder, blackberry cobbler, Rainier beer

C: TV dinners, frozen fruit pies, Tang


1) A, B and C. The World’s Fair headquarters received a number of amusing, offbeat suggestions to promote the event, such as free admission, but none was picked. And by today’s standards, most everything seemed free anyway. The adult prices: $2 to get into the fair, $1 for an elevator ride up the Space Needle and 75 cents for a round trip on the monorail.

2) B. The forward-looking World’s Fair invoked the name of the coming century and it often was simply referred to as “Century 21” and even “C-21.” The Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition (or A-Y-P) was the name of Seattle’s first world’s fair, in 1909, at the site of what is now the University of Washington.

3) B. What was called the “expanded version of the popular carillon that was featured at the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair” reportedly could be heard about 10 miles away that summer, if the sounds weren’t drowned out by all the new Boeing 707s flying overhead.

4) A. While “B” also would have attracted large crowds and “C” was popular in many modern homes, the Plaza Restaurant went with a classic menu lineup for 1962 — a big slice of beef, an exotic foreign touch and booze.


3-4: You win a flight to Mars.

1-2: You win a flight to the moon.

0: You should go to The Museum of Flight.