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Take an 'Industrial Horizons' quiz

Looking for work? You could find plenty of it in sizzling Seattle in 1962, but you won't find any work here: This quiz is easy, especially since the answers are directly below the questions and based on what's inside the "Industrial Horizons" section.


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On April 21, 1962, the gates opened to a World's Fair in Seattle that left an indelible stamp on the city's image and future.

For 184 days, locals and visitors alike marveled at the Space Needle, the Monorail, the "World of Tomorrow" pavilions, and the "Spacearium."

Days before the opening, The Seattle Times published a 152-page "Seattle World's Fair Souvenir Edition" that was packed with information about the fair as well as predictions for the future. We're celebrating the anniversary by revisiting that section:

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1) In a full-page advertisement, it boasted of being "The next best show on earth in 1962" and said it was located in "Federal Way, U.S.A." and was called:

A) Sea-Tac Runway No. 9

B) Santafair

C) Wild Waves

2) In the story "Fair souvenirs run gamut" which of the following were not listed:

A) Space Needle toothpaste holders

B) Space Needle hypodermic needles

C) Space Needle glue dispensers

3) One of the other big events in Seattle during the summer of 1962, long before the Seahawks arrived, was an exhibition football game — at what was then called University of Washington Stadium — between the Minnesota Vikings and San Francisco 49ers. Ticket prices were:

A) Two bits

B) One silver dollar

C) $4 for a reserved seat, or $2.50 to sit in the end zone


1) B: Santafair seemed more ambitious than the Century 21 World's Fair, what with its "gems from Century 19 and the 20th Century" in addition to a ride called "Rocket to the moon" and "a complete modern SHOPPING CENTER." By 1968, it had become thoroughly modern by declaring bankruptcy.

2) B: "World's Fair souvenirs run the gamut from the sublime to the slightly ridiculous," the story said, adding: "Most are keyed to the Space Needle." None, however, were keyed to hypodermic needles, although Seattle would later become well-known for its downtown needle-exchange program.

3) C: Sure, things were cheaper back then and it was an exhibition game, but for four bucks, you could have seen the Niners beat the Vikings 30-24 in a thrilling game that featured the return of former Husky All-American running back "Hurricane Hugh" McElhenny.


3: You're a successful industrialist.

2: You're successful at keeping lists.

1: You like to listen to Liszt.

0: You've probably never even heard of Liszt.

— Bill Kossen, Seattle Times staff

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