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Originally published in The Seattle Times, March 30, 1988

Hang a sharp right at the Cooper Tire sign outside the Bremmeyer Logging Co. shop, breeze through a shady patch of Douglas firs, and there it squats on a distant back corner of King County’s park at Ravensdale: the Gracie Hansen Building.

She was quite a gal, this Gracie, whose bare-breasted “Girlie Revue” both wowed and outraged Seattleites at the 1962 World’s Fair.

In those days the building was known as the Paradise International Nightclub. It was the hottest thing in town.

Now it’s as desolate as an abandoned farmhouse. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Times, September 14, 1989

They will be serving punch and cookies and shooting basketballs Saturday at the Gracie Hansen Community Center, a far cry from the days of whiskey sours and topless dancers.

After more than a decade of dormancy, the building that Gracie graced is ready to strut its stuff as a community center. During the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, it was the home of the Paradise International Club, famous for its topless dancers.

King County has scheduled a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house from noon to 5 p.m. at the steel and concrete building just off the Kent-Kangley Road at 272nd Avenue Southeast in Ravensdale. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Times, July 5, 1963

From left—Laura Sherrard, Gracie Hansen, and Marcia Deveraux

From left—Laura Sherrard, Gracie Hansen, and Marcia Deveraux

Although the World Fair’s Paradise International Club will become a place of fun in Ravensdale, it will not quite recapture its old atmosphere, Gracie Hansen said yesterday.

Mrs. Hansen flew to Ravensdale from an engagement in Ocean Shores to dedicate her old showplace—moved to Ravensdale from the fairgrounds—as a County Park Department “activity center.”

“But you’ll never be able to replace the sex and cotton candy,” Gracie complained. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, May 19, 1962

The fair’s millionth visitor, from Ravensdale, was pleased. From left, Julius Braun, Mrs. Mary Scott, Mrs. Evalyn Van Vliet, Joseph E. Gandy. —Times Staff photo by Vic Condiotty.

The fair’s millionth visitor, from Ravensdale, was pleased. From left, Julius Braun, Mrs. Mary Scott, Mrs. Evalyn Van Vliet, Joseph E. Gandy. —Times Staff photo by Vic Condiotty.

The 1,000,000th visitor to the World’s Fair—a widow from Ravensdale—entered the fairgrounds at 12:35 o’clock this afternoon.

The lucky woman was Mrs. Evalyn Van Vliet, 28.

She was stopped as she was about to enter the north (Mercer Street) gate.

Mrs. Van Vliet was greeted by Joseph E. Gandy, fair president.

People waiting to enter at the gate exclaimed over her luck and then began counting how far they had been from the turnstile.

Mrs. Van Vliet said she has no children.

She was accompanied by Julius Braun, 30, a truck driver from Ravensdale, who was immediately behind her. (more…)

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