They Don’t Build Space Needles Like They Used To


Greetings, readers. Before we go any further, I want to give you a warning: If you’re shopping in the frozen food section in search of some Welsh Rarebit, check the ingredients list on the back of the box. The government makes them put it on there, and it’s a good thing because a lot of the Welsh Rarebit TV dinners don’t have any rabbit in them at all! I remember eating them when they used to be overflowing with rabbit, but now they just have a lot of cheese. Not that I don’t like cheese, mind you, but I already eat a few Activias a day and I don’t want to overdo it on the dairy.

You know what I’ve been thinking? Why aren’t they building new Space Needles anymore? Soon, it’s going to become a forgotten art altogether. I remember when they opened the original Space Needle at the World’s Fair and how enthusiastic it made people. For a little while there, it seemed like every city was getting its own Space Needle, but then they stopped making them. Then they started putting up ordinary rectangular buildings, the kind they’ve been making for hundreds of years. That seems like a step backwards if you ask me; those buildings are fine for people who want to live in the past, but for the rest of us, only a Space Needle will do.

I’m going to talk to some contractors to get a few estimates for a Space Needle addition onto the roof of my house. I don’t care if it doesn’t revolve like some of them do, since I would imagine that would make it considerably more expensive. Besides, revolving is mostly for restaurants anyhow. But as long as it looks like a real Space Needle, that’s fine by me. Maybe I could use it as a spare bedroom, or as an office. It might also make a nice greenhouse, which I think my grandson Max (“M-Fixie” to most of you) would enjoy since he’s taken quite an interest in them recently. As you can see, the things you can do with Space Needles are only limited by your own imagination. Someone’s got to put us back into the space age, and it looks like it’s going to have to be me.

Until next time!

Ahoy,

The Codger

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Charlie on August 4, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Hail fellow well met. If you’re missing space-age architecture in today’s bland skylines, you have no one to blame but the hippies. They latched their drug wagons to Buckminster Fuller, whose geodesic dome showcased at the 1964 World’s Fair was the peak of modern architecture. Ever since then, Dymaxion designs have been lumped together with AIDS, patchouli, faps, and pacifism as symbols of the moral decline that characterized hippie culture. It’s a shame, because Bucky had a great many other ideas that would have improved our lot if only the hippies hadn’t tainted his reputation.

    Grace and peace,
    Charlie

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  2. A good day to you, Mr. Charlie.

    Ah, Bucky Fuller, I remember him well. I once tried haggling with the curator at the automotive museum in Reno trying to buy the Dymaxion Car they have on display, but he said it was not for sale and would not budge. I even offered to pay with a cashier’s check, for crying out loud!

    Bucky Fuller’s biggest mistake was to take that geodesic dome up to the Montreal World’s Fair, within the line-of-sight of all the Canadian-French hippies living up there. Fuller should have held out for the Knoxville World’s Fair, where a less “free loving” type of people would have been the first to see it. Our only consolation is that now, the Montreal dome is right next door to a beautiful casino, which flushed out all the hippies.

    I was doing some research on the Wikipedia encyclopedia this afternoon and learned that Space Needle architecture is sometimes referred to as “Googie Architecture”. I like that term, and I think the people who invented that Google search engine must’ve liked it too. The similarities are too similar to ignore.

    Best,
    The Codger

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  3. […] like, “Ahoy!” then talks about whatever’s on his mind. Yesterday, he wondered why no one builds space needles anymore. “Soon, it’s going to become a forgotten art altogether.” I’d never thought of […]

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  4. […] with a few contractors to get their estimates for installing that Space Needle addition on my roof I told you about before. The longer I’ve been thinking about it, the more I’ve been looking forward to it. You know, […]

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