It’s really good to have friends in high places . . . like 605 feet high at the Space Needle in Seattle, WA! Our Dad’s Flag was treated to a very close encounter at the top of this fantastic, flying saucer-like landmark located in the Pacific Northwest in the 42nd state named named after our first president.
In our case, it’s a relative of our good friend Erin Kelly (and family) who just happens to work at the Space Needle. Our tremendous thanks to Chad Fahringer and Lauren Culley for hosting Our Dad’s Flag and remembering all of the dedicated folks in the US Armed forces and their families! You guys took us to great heights and we now have another place checked off of our Dad’s list. Thank you!
Our Dad’s Flag recently had an unexpected and extended stay in Seattle courtesy of the walloping the area took from a winter storm in January. The region, well known for its record rainfall, was all but shut down for a number of days due to snow and ice. We are now part of wacky weather history: “Seattle’s Snowmageddon 2012.”
Need More Needle?
Why on earth did they make a space needle? Blame the Soviet Union of course! Why? Because they launched Sputnik into space and made the average 1957 American realize, “Hmmm, I guess science does matter.” Thus began the race to outer space and the blossoming of the idea: imagine all the possibility in store for the 21st Century. The theme of the 1962 World’s Fair in Seattle evolved into “Century 21” to look towards the future with a focus on technology, science and space exploration.
The Space Needle design was based on an idea taken from a European restaurant that was built on a high television tower and the only way up was to pay for the elevator ride. This idea then morphed into the design of a 50’s version of a space ship, on top of an hourglass shaped spire that would offer fantastic views of the city, the Puget Sound and mountains, make a full rotation within an hour. It had futuristic appeal and incredible financial potential – perfect for the Seattle World’s Fair.
A Tasty Space Needle Tidbit
According to the website www.spaceneedle.com, the Space Needle is approximately 1,320 Milky Way candy bars tall (that’s 605 feet!) Mmmm!
Happy 50th Birthday Dear Space Needle (cha, cha, cha)
So here’s Our Dad’s Flag visiting in 2012 as we near 50 years to the date of The Century 21 Exposition’s grand kick off announced by President John F. Kennedy on April 21, 1962. Science, technology and space exploration are staples of American progress. Let’s see how we measure up against a few of ‘62s expectations:
- In 1962, folks at the fair imagined the workplace of tomorrow having machines be able to “communicate with each other” and send across correspondence. Then they unveiled the Electrowriter and its first facsimile (uh, the fax machine.) Today, you’re reading this weblog written from a wireless laptop computer with digital images sent via the Internet (. . . and already there are newer, better versions of our systems which I need to update, upload, up, up, up…)
- In 1962, Boeing offered the Spacearium, a World’s Fair attraction that simulated a ride to the outer galaxies. Today, NASA has taken close up, topographical photos of planet Mercury and is creating a surface morphology base map. Also, Richard Branson, corporate behemoth and filthy rich hobbyist dabbles in private space exploration. He’s already offering ticket sales (for a mere $200,000 per seat) to the general public for a 3-hour voyage onboard the Virgin Galactic’s first flight expected to take place a year from now.
In 1962 President John F. Kennedy spoke of space exploration for Century 20 and beyond:
“For the eyes of the world now look into space, to the moon and to the planets beyond, and we have vowed that we shall not see it governed by a hostile flag of conquest, but by a banner of freedom and peace. We have vowed that we shall not see space filled with weapons of mass destruction, but with instruments of knowledge and understanding.”
In April 2011, Mark Kelly, Commander STS-Endeavour said from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, about space exploration for century 21 and beyond:
“As Americans, we endeavor to build a better life than the generation before and we endeavor to be a united nation …In these efforts we’re often tested. This mission represents the power of teamwork, commitment and exploration. It is in the DNA of our great country to reach for the stars and explore. We must not stop.”
To learn more about the Space Needle, a fantastic tower and symbol of potential and progress, and to join in the 50th birthday celebration be sure to visit http://www.spaceneedle.com.
Thank you for reading and sharing! Please be sure to remember all those who have served, all those currently serving in the US Armed forces and the families who proudly hang a blue star service flag in their window. Very special thanks to Chad and Lauren.