SEATTLE – A Burien man who nearly committed suicide now is getting therapy by walking daily around Seattle's most recognizable icon. And it's about to get him into the record books.
Timothy Clemens, 20, has taken the elevator to the top of the Space Needle for 60 consecutive days. Thursday will be day 61, breaking a record set last year. His plan is to keep doing it for a full year.
"I just love the white peaks. They're amazing," said Clemens, who often is atop the needle from 9:30 a.m. to closing.
The view and the people play into Clemens' mental health.
"Last year, I attempted suicide. They kept saying for me to take medication and I said no."
Clemens said his medication is walking laps around the top of the Space Needle and talking to people from all over the world.
"You're around so many wonderful people. They're happy to be here."
Timothy has an annual pass, but the Space Needle is working to get him a VIP pass so he doesn't have to wait in line this summer.
The Seattle Center celebrated its own milestone Thursday. The campaign "The Next 50" kicked off with a new flag flying high above the Space Needle. It's a countdown to the Center's 50th birthday and will highlight the achievements and the future of the Pacific Northwest with events every month.