This one-hour documentary celebrates the centennial of the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition otherwise known as Seattle first world's fair. Launched in 1909, the AYPE was initially conceived to expand upon Alaskan exhibits at the Lewis and Clark Exposition of 1905. The AYPE's mission extended to encompass geographical, historical, ethnographic and commercial display of the Pacific Rim.
Opening day coverage of the Seattle World's Fair, April 21st, 1962. Charles Herring hosts the program from the Washington State Coliseum. It was produced by KING TV 5 Seattle and transmitted to viewers in Seattle, Spokane, Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Reporters were spread out on the fairgrounds in various locations: Frank Blair, Bill Nielsen, Stan Boreson and Bill Cochran just to name a few.
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The 1962 Seattle World's Fair is in full swing for this colorful film. See people riding the Monorail and festive Gayway amusement attractions.
Before Seattle's Century 21 World's Fair opened, KING-TV broadcast a series of live updates on the construction progress on the fairgrounds. This episode aired shortly after the Alweg Monorail first started its test runs. It was broadcast 47 days before the April 21, 1962 world's fair opening. Alweg Inc. President Sixten Holmquist and engineer Gunther Wengatz are interviewed. In one of the more amusing moments, the TV station used its new 'creepy peepy' camera by bringing it onboard the train for a live broadcast ride, something that was technically difficult to achieve in 1962. Video and stability quality are not good by today's standards, but the live broadcast was state of the art for 1962.
The history of the Seattle Space Needle.
Pre-broadcast footage (partial sound) for Jack Webster show, air-date February 8, 1962
A tour of the 1962 Seattle World's Fair
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Full history of the World Expo Cities (Bureau International des Expositions). Britain London 1851, France Paris 1889, United States of America San Francisco 1915, United States New York City 1939, Belgium Brussels 1958, United States of America, Seattle 1962, Canada Montreal 1967, Japan Osaka 1970, Brisbane Australia 1988, Spain, Seville 1992, Germany, Hanover 2000, China, Shanghai 2010, Italy Milan 2015, Dubai, United Arab Emirates 2020.
Extinct Attractions 1964 Worlds Fair part 2
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