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This NOT Just In: The Great Space Needle Collapse Hoax Of 1989

Wikipedia / King 5

KING TV’s “Almost LIVE!” comedy sketch program panicked viewers and raised the ire of local officials with an April Fools' Day Space Needle collapse hoax on April 1, 1989. With a simulated news bulletin and pre-Photoshop modified photograph, the phony news report generated hundreds of phone calls and resulted in an on-air apology from host John Keister. 

The power of an April Fools' news story. Today, on KUOW.

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