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April 21, 2012 | By Dalina Castellanos
The Space Needle offered more than a spectacular view Saturday. It marked the 50th anniversary of the Seattle World's Fair by taking people back in time -- sort of. (After all, the Space Needle does resemble a UFO.)  Visitors who wanted to experience a 360-degree view of the Emerald City from the structure's observation deck could buy a ticket for $1, the price in 1962 -- although the 2012 skyline offers a different view.  The 605-foot-tall Space Needle was once the tallest building west of the Mississippi River, though it has since been dwarfed by Seattle's skyscrapers.  The spherical structure on top was painted its original color, “Galaxy Gold,” to mark the occasion, said Sara Thompson, program director for the Seattle Center Foundation, in a telephone interview with the Times.
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August 16, 2013 | By Alex Pulaski
More than any other skill, glass blowing has allowed Tacoma, Wash., to emerge from Seattle's shadow. Carve out a couple of hours from a leisurely weekend of museum-hopping, shopping and sightseeing, and you'll take home something more tangible than the usual vacation leftovers of memories and a sunburn. At the Tacoma Glassblowing Studio (114 S. 23rd St., Tacoma; [253] 383-3499, http://www.tacomaglassblowing.com . Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends), manager Brian Farmer shepherded my son David and me through the process.
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NEWS
August 17, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Here's a nice way to save for those who plan to see some of Seattle's most popular spots. The Seattle CityPASS costs $59 and gives half-off admission to six attractions, including the Space Needle and an hourlong harbor tour. The deal: Seattle CityPASS costs $59 for adults and $39 for children 4 to 12 years old. The pass allows half off admission to the Space Needle, the Pacific Science Center, Seattle Aquarium, Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour, Experience Music Project/Science Fiction Museum and Woodland Park Zoo or the Museum of Flight.
NATIONAL
December 9, 2012 | By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times
SEATTLE - Customers have been drifting into Jay Fratt's alternative pipe and tobacco shop, Smokin J's, in the days since Washington state's marijuana law took effect, wondering when cannabis would take its place on the shelves next to the handblown glass pipes. Hold on, he told them. Fratt is, before anything else, a businessman, and he quickly realized there was a lot of smoke in the details. First of all, the law setting up the nation's first legal regulatory system for retail pot won't allow sales until next year.
NEWS
October 9, 1988 | United Press International
A small fire that broke out in the kitchen of the 605-foot Space Needle was quickly contained Saturday, but the lunchtime blaze forced officials to close the revolving restaurant on the landmark tower at least until today. No one was reported injured in the fire, the first in the tower's 26-year history, a spokesman said.
NEWS
October 30, 1996
Ewen "Ding" Dingwall, 83, manager of the 1962 Seattle World's Fair and its landmark structure, the Space Needle. Dingwall was named a manager in 1957, and set to work as coordinator, diplomat and troubleshooter. One of his most impressive public-relations stunts was to have the Goodyear blimp hover near the windows of the Space Needle and blink greetings on a message board to distinguished guests inside. After the World's Fair, Dingwall was a consultant for fairs in San Antonio, Charleston, S.C.
SPORTS
November 21, 2009 | By Grahame L. Jones
The MLS Cup logo gleams from up high, freshly painted atop the Space Needle, along with the logos of the Galaxy and Real Salt Lake. It's a sign that the 14-year-old league's championship game has finally arrived in the Northwest; it will be played Sunday at Qwest Field between the aforementioned teams. It's also a sign that the "dog and pony shows" have hit town. Call it hokey. Call it a sales pitch. It's here. On Wednesday, for instance, when the M/V Tacoma lurched up to Pier 52, the ferry had on board former UCLA and Galaxy coach and current Seattle Sounders Coach Sigi Schmid, as well as former UCLA and U.S. national team winger and current Sounders technical director Chris Henderson.
MAGAZINE
June 14, 1992 | MICHAEL WALKER, Michael Walker, a Los Angeles free-lance writer and former bar-band musician, has written on pop music for Sunday Calendar
Seattle, Friday, 11 p.m. The downtown of America's Most Livable City, home to the spiffy new Robert Venturi-designed art museum and other cultural magnets, is looking, well, it's looking pretty dead. The famous rain is doing a splendid job keeping the streets clear of the prosperous-looking citizens who by day scurry in and out of white-collar redoubts. At this hour, Baby-Booming, Volvo-driving, politically correct Seattle has clearly called it a night.
TRAVEL
June 18, 2000 | TIMES STAFF AND WIRES
There are big doings around Seattle's Space Needle, which last week debuted a $20-million refurbishment. On Friday a museum of American popular music, designed by Frank Gehry, architect of the Walt Disney Concert Hall under construction in Los Angeles, opens nearby in Space Center. The Space Needle, part of the 1962 World's Fair, has added a two-story glass-enclosed entry level and a SkyCity restaurant at the top (replacing the Emerald Suite and Space Needle restaurants).
NATIONAL
November 10, 2003 | Tomas Alex Tizon, Times Staff Writer
Overshadowed for decades by Seattle and its famous Space Needle, this hilly port city on the Puget Sound plans to build its own tall, pointy edifice. Its working name is the Tacoma Spire. If built from the current design, the spire would rise 400 feet and resemble a very thin pyramid. It would be made of steel, glass and shimmering mesh that would simultaneously reflect and let in light. It would cost about $7 million.
TRAVEL
November 11, 2012 | By Rosemary McClure
New Yorkers pride themselves on the Statue of Liberty, San Franciscans the Golden Gate Bridge. Both are sturdy, sensible landmarks that reflect well on the cities surrounding them. Then there's Seattle, with a '60s-era spaceship revolving 605 feet above the city. But Seattle residents wouldn't have it any other way. That's why they've been partying for months to celebrate the 50th birthday of the Space Needle, their iconic landmark in the sky, built as a tourist attraction for the city's 1962 World's Fair.
TRAVEL
July 29, 2012 | By Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
SEATTLE - Pike Place Market. The Space Needle. Pioneer Square. Check, check and check. If you've hit these obvious Seattle destinations, you're not a newbie. But maybe you're not an insider either. So, this 21-stop Seattle checklist is for you. It skirts those three attractions and several other popular stops to make more room for Ballard, Capitol Hill, Fremont and the University District - four asset-rich Seattle neighborhoods my family and I explored on a visit last summer.
NATIONAL
April 21, 2012 | By Dalina Castellanos
The Space Needle offered more than a spectacular view Saturday. It marked the 50th anniversary of the Seattle World's Fair by taking people back in time -- sort of. (After all, the Space Needle does resemble a UFO.)  Visitors who wanted to experience a 360-degree view of the Emerald City from the structure's observation deck could buy a ticket for $1, the price in 1962 -- although the 2012 skyline offers a different view.  The 605-foot-tall Space Needle was once the tallest building west of the Mississippi River, though it has since been dwarfed by Seattle's skyscrapers.  The spherical structure on top was painted its original color, “Galaxy Gold,” to mark the occasion, said Sara Thompson, program director for the Seattle Center Foundation, in a telephone interview with the Times.
NEWS
August 17, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Here's a nice way to save for those who plan to see some of Seattle's most popular spots. The Seattle CityPASS costs $59 and gives half-off admission to six attractions, including the Space Needle and an hourlong harbor tour. The deal: Seattle CityPASS costs $59 for adults and $39 for children 4 to 12 years old. The pass allows half off admission to the Space Needle, the Pacific Science Center, Seattle Aquarium, Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour, Experience Music Project/Science Fiction Museum and Woodland Park Zoo or the Museum of Flight.
SPORTS
November 21, 2009 | By Grahame L. Jones
The MLS Cup logo gleams from up high, freshly painted atop the Space Needle, along with the logos of the Galaxy and Real Salt Lake. It's a sign that the 14-year-old league's championship game has finally arrived in the Northwest; it will be played Sunday at Qwest Field between the aforementioned teams. It's also a sign that the "dog and pony shows" have hit town. Call it hokey. Call it a sales pitch. It's here. On Wednesday, for instance, when the M/V Tacoma lurched up to Pier 52, the ferry had on board former UCLA and Galaxy coach and current Seattle Sounders Coach Sigi Schmid, as well as former UCLA and U.S. national team winger and current Sounders technical director Chris Henderson.
NATIONAL
November 10, 2003 | Tomas Alex Tizon, Times Staff Writer
Overshadowed for decades by Seattle and its famous Space Needle, this hilly port city on the Puget Sound plans to build its own tall, pointy edifice. Its working name is the Tacoma Spire. If built from the current design, the spire would rise 400 feet and resemble a very thin pyramid. It would be made of steel, glass and shimmering mesh that would simultaneously reflect and let in light. It would cost about $7 million.
TRAVEL
January 27, 2002
I moved to the Seattle area a year ago from Rancho Cucamonga, and as you said in "Seattle Still Rocks" (Jan. 6), it's a great place to visit. But let me share some points about living here: It's the clouds, not the rain. The clouds look like dull tinfoil. Day in. Day out. I've lost my sunglasses, and I don't care. Sometimes the smog gets thick in the winter. So many people are burning wood in fireplaces that officials have to call for a "burn ban." There's one major freeway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 1996
Consider the following scenario: A person comes to your home, uninvited, and announces that he is moving in. In addition, he states that he expects you to pay him for the privilege of allowing him to live with you. Wouldn't you show him the door and perhaps give him a swift kick in its direction? Seattle Seahawks owner Ken Behring has done just that to the citizens of Southern California. I think we need to show him the door and perhaps give him a swift kick on the way out of town.
TRAVEL
January 27, 2002
I moved to the Seattle area a year ago from Rancho Cucamonga, and as you said in "Seattle Still Rocks" (Jan. 6), it's a great place to visit. But let me share some points about living here: It's the clouds, not the rain. The clouds look like dull tinfoil. Day in. Day out. I've lost my sunglasses, and I don't care. Sometimes the smog gets thick in the winter. So many people are burning wood in fireplaces that officials have to call for a "burn ban." There's one major freeway.
SPORTS
May 5, 2001 | MAL FLORENCE
So it has come to this . . . Bud Withers writing in the Seattle Times: "Since 1990, the USC and UCLA football programs have combined for five losing seasons. In the category of having a lot and throwing it away, that's an accomplishment rivaled only by people like Todd Marinovich and Robert Downey Jr. "Particularly in Seattle, where the [Washington] Huskies haven't had a losing season in a quarter-century, the L.A. schools are always a subject of intense curiosity . . .
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