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The Space Needle’s party is just getting started, and this is where you’ll always find the latest, greatest details on upcoming events.

Knute “Skip” Berger: Writer in Residence
Spring and Summer, 2011 — Observation Deck at the Space Needle

Writer and editor for some of Seattle’s favorite publications (online and off), Knute Berger has been named the Space Needle’s Writer in Residence. In the coming months, he’ll be here interviewing people for a book he’s writing to commemorate the Needle’s 50th Anniversary.

Knute’s life-long fascination with world's fairs began when he attended Seattle’s Century 21 Exposition in 1962 at the age of 8. That makes him an original Space Needle fan!

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The Space Needle kicks off its 50th Anniversary celebration.

Fifty years ago, on April 17, 1961, the Howard S. Wright Construction Company broke ground on the Space Needle project, in a race to finish construction in just one year and four days, in time for the opening of the World’s Fair.

That made April 17, 2011 the perfect day to kick off our 50th Anniversary celebration! Family members of key players in the construction project got together with Bagley Wright, the sole surviving member, to present their recollections from the Needle’s first days. And they helped to launch this website, in the hopes that all kinds of people will contribute their stories and photos of special times at the Space Needle — creating the world’s most complete Space Needle memory archive. Have you shared your story yet?

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