The Professor's Fun Fact 12/5/18

Space Needle

The general manager of a radio station tried to buy this in 1978. 

The Space Needle in Seattle 

The Space Needle was built in 1962 for the World’s Fair. When it was built, it was the tallest building west of the Mississippi River at 604 feet. 

In 1978, the owners of the building got an unusual letter from the nearby town of Fife, Washington. Jim Baine, the general manager of KMO radio, wanted to buy the Space Needle for $1 million. Not only that, but he wanted to relocate the building to Fife. 

A few problems… not only was it a bad business decision—the building cost $4.5 million—but it also weighs 8600 tons and its anchored 30 feet into the ground. Needless to say, the offer was refused. 

There is also rumor that the plan, once the building was relocated in the town of Fife, was to call it the Fiffle Tower.

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