The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

The Fair: Welcome to Century 21 #2


1962 - Worlds Fair
Above: The model of the upcoming fair, er, exposition.
Below: An aerial shot of the finished product. Its centerpiece appears to be some kind of space-like needle thingy. Boy, don't you wonder what happened to that thing after the expo?


michaelE said...

I think I see myself over by the Science Hall.

Eric said...

Both the Space Needle and the Theme Building at Los Angeles Int'l Airport emerged in 1961. Great year for wacky futuristic architecture!

Fred said...

At least Seattle kept many of the structures built for the expo in good working condition. What the State of New York did to the World's Fair pavilions after 1965, allowing them to become derelict and decrepit, was criminal!

Mara said...

I was 10 years old when the Fair, uh, Exposition was built. Watching it's progress was big time excitement! My parents, notorious cheapskates, actually took the whole family for several day trips round all the exhibits. Fortunately, a lot more things were no charge in those days, too. Most memorable - the World of Tomorrow, pickle pins, and rides on the Bubblelator!!