By Scott Shephard
In the early 60s all the talk about "sex, drugs and rock 'n roll" was baffling to me, but I did think the Space Needle was awesome when my parents took me to see the Seattle World's Fair in 1963.
I'm pleased to say that when I returned to Seattle last year (2008) and went up in the Space Needle, I still found it awesome. It occurred to me that the Space Needle is the West Coast equivalent of the Eiffel Tower. Both towers were considered offensive to the aesthetic tastes of some. Both towers were considered technical marvels at the time they were built. Both towers "lived" to see another century. And both towers have become iconic. The view from the top of the Space Needle was amazing. (click)