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Published: Monday, October 24, 2011, 12:01 a.m.

Worked for Walt

Worked for Walt

Once upon a prime time: Two new shows on network TV are drawing from fairy tales for story lines, including ABC's "Once Upon a Time," and NBC's "Grimm," in which a homicide detective pursues evil characters from the Brothers Grimm stories.

And since fairy tales are in the public domain and require no payment of royalties, the producers lived happily ever after.

Bring back the Bubbleator: With the 50th anniversary of Seattle's Space Needle and the 1962 World's Fair approaching, the authors of a book about the fair, "The Future Remembered," are scheduled to speak Monday night at the Richmond Beach Library in Shoreline. Among the authors' insights: Belgian waffles were introduced to America at the fair, and astronaut John Glenn was a bigger draw than Elvis.

But the biggest disappointment out of the forward-looking fair: Fifty years later and we're still waiting for our flying cars.

Don't know much about history: On this day in 1861, the first transcontinental telegraph message was sent by Chief Justice Stephen Field in San Francisco to President Abraham Lincoln in Washington, D.C. In the message, Field hoped the telegraph would strengthen "the attachment which binds both the East and West to the Union.".

Lincoln's response: "Well, it ain't doing much to bind the North and the South."

--Jon Bauer, Herald staff

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