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  2. Don’t know about you, but this looks pretty “NYWF-ish prediction” to me. I’m writing this w my thumbs on an iPad in my driveway, finding it increasingly difficult to complain that the future promised to us in 1964, is not at least jiggling the doorknob and jimmying the window latch. And maybe that personal autogyro you thought you’d be ordering from Amazon is coming, but from another vendor. You may not have plans for Uber but Uber has plans for you... https://www.uber.com/info/elevate/
  3. OK, all kidding aside - this was a display outside the Japan pavilion.
  4. Hungry? Want to enjoy the Schaefer buffet?

    Having rather clear memories of how adults around me enjoyed their free time in the early 1960s, you are correct. Beer was pretty much adult soda from what I could tell. And getting smashed sure didn't carry the stigma that it does today nor were the problems associated with such behavior really fully considered much less openly discussed.
  5. Hello, welcome and thank you! Lovely! Winslow Homers paintings of those electric lights and that fountain at night turned heads! I love "It can't be done" - very useful words actually. Gets a lot accomplished said to the right folks. Less than 50 years later we get this...
  6. Yesterday
  7. Today we celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Robert Swain Peabody on February 22, 1845. Peabody was a cofounder of the Boston architectural firm of Peabody & Stearns, designer of Machinery Hall. Read about his contribution to the fair in this article: https://worldsfairchicago1893.com/2018/02/22/happy-birthday-architect-robert-peabody/
  8. TV Remote Control 1956

    Wow. Alliance, Ohio. Growing up near that town, there's nothing there! Looked up the company a little further, no wonder. They became the Genie Garage Door opener company and moved to a nearby county. This site rocks
  9. TV Remote Control 1956

    You are probably thinking of the Zenith Avanti (pedestal cabinet) or maybe the curved console.
  10. TV Remote Control 1956

    My wife inherited a Zenith Space Command TV from her great grandfather in 1986. I swear that thing weighed at least 200 pounds. We moved that damn thing from Michigan to two apartments in Florida, and back to Michigan. The 'clicker' was basically just tuning forks inside the handheld gadget. Pressing a button struck a tuning fork. Based on the sound the TV heard, it changed the volume, channel, or power. If you jingled your keys in front of it, it would change volume. Finally got rid of the TV, but I kept the remote! And I've heard about the color converters, but never saw one. Thanks for posting!
  11. TV Remote Control 1956

    Another TV for Wayne . Jeez that screen IS big. Like a late 60s model that was very upscale and popular. Could not Google. Thought it was RCA 2000. Looked like it belonged in Space Odyssey. Had white, plastic pedestal cabinet. Maybe my memory is bad. Hah, “maybe!”
  12. These are not as obscure as I anticipated when I stumbled on this picture. Lots of color images online of the beasts in various stages of undress and display. Anyway, here’s a bunch at the same place and the same time. Someone is currently restoring one in whatever country this language is spoken: http://www.classicmotor.se/artiklar/artiklar/20180214/futurliner-nr-8-tar-ny-fart/
  13. Hungry? Want to enjoy the Schaefer buffet?

    Around the early 80s, before the Schaefer brand disappeared for a while they kind of recognized that the slogan "one beer to have when you're having more than one" could be construed along the lines of "this is the beer to drink when you're going to get smashed" so the lyric in their jingle was changed to "one beer to have when it's time to have some fun."
  14. Amazing. I had never heard of Jonas studio or Churchtown for that matter. Actually, Churchtown is just a hamlet in the town of Claverack, NY. Had no idea this place existed. Interestingly, Claverack is here the first mastodon tooth was discovered in 1705. Those Sinclair beasts must have made quite a sight in am isolated Columbia County hamlet.
  15. Hungry? Want to enjoy the Schaefer buffet?

    I was in there in early September of 1965. But I do not recall it as a buffet as the line of folks in the background suggests. Was there more than one dining area? I clearly remember a waitress bringing food to us. I still have a wrapped sugar cube from the Schaefer Center.
  16. Hey Chicago friends (or those who may just be visiting)... I just came across what looks like a fun scavenger hunt event happening next month in the Windy City (former home of two World's Fairs). Here's all the details... Atlas Obscura Chicago 1893 Event
  17. I think the man to the right of Tik-Tok in the first picture is holding sunglasses.
  18. Inside the Schaefer pavilion, September 1965. To all the ex-NYers - I bet that song has started playing in your head, but just to be sure... “Schaefer / is the / one beer to have when you’re / having more than one / Schaefer / pleasure / doesn’t fade even / when you’re thirst is done / the most rewarding flavor in this man’s world / for people who are having fun / Schaefer / is the / one beer to have when you’re / having more than one”
  19. Sinclair Dino builders

    Nice. I saw them up at the studio while they were being built. That made me even more anxious to see the Fair!
  20. Last week
  21. It might have been an emergency stop button in case anyone race up in front of Tic-Toc.
  22. While searching old newspaper accounts of the Giant Tire, I came across this article about the Sinclair dinos. I've only ever heard the name Jonas associated with them. Thought this was interesting. I really wish I had a nice copy of the photo the ran in the article. Its not a view you normally see!
  23. Rev. Billy Graham Death

    Eric: Thanks for posting this-- I too just learned of Reverend Graham's passing about an hour ago, and my first thought was to post it here in our World's Fair forum because of his connection to the 1964/65 New York World's Fair. He was a great man who never let his fame go to his head; he did so many great things for so many people in his lifetime-- he left behind some very big shoes to fill. I was born six days before the fair opened in 1964, so I was also born too late to experience the NYWF. I have always enjoyed viewing photos of the Billy Graham Pavilion-- I think that the Pavilion itself was a very attractive structure-- a real shame it couldn't be saved and rebuilt elsewhere. I have a very large collection of NYWF memorabilia, and I have about a half dozen items related to Reverend Graham's Pavilion. May he rest in peace. Ronald
  24. Rev. Billy Graham Death

    It's an unusual place for an obituary item but Reverend Billy Graham was unique in the annals of World's Fair history by being the only person who had a pavilion that carried his name. That was a testament to how influential Billy Graham and his ministry organization had become in the early 1960s that they felt it would better serve their interests to have a pavilion of their own and not be just one exhibitor within the Protestant-Orthodox Center (which they had been invited to be part of). And because Graham was by then someone entrenched as one of the most admired figures in America and established as pastor to Presidents, his name did carry that extra weight. It is to Graham's credit personally that despite being part of a profession filled with so many who had their meteoric rises of fame that would sometimes end in the shame of scandal that was never the case with him. Even those who did not share his religious convictions always knew that he was the most sincere of individuals. It was because I attended Wheaton College, where Graham's papers are kept, and because I was teaching there briefly some years ago, that my ability to first connect with this group became possible as it allowed me to go through his papers for materials related to the Graham Pavilion and present them to Bill Young as a feature for nywf64.com which he was kind enough to do. All other feature work I did on the site, as well as my involvement at this forum which furthered my appreciation and fascination for an event I was born five years too late to have experienced wouldn't have been possible without that personal connection (my aunt's husband also worked a summer at the Pavilion and as he told me, the work there helped pay for the engagement ring). Graham's impact on the history of American Christianity is another topic for another place but his role in the history of the Fair is of itself a fascinating one that deserves to be noted here. http://www.nywf64.com/bilgra01.shtml
  25. The tall rod on the cart is the remote control receiver antenna. We have a picture of an operator using a larger handheld control with a long antenna wand while standing on the roof of the Japan pavilion. This does appear to be a more compact remote control for walking around.
  26. Is the guy on the right of the top picture holding some kind of remote control in his right hand? Did he accompany Tik Tok and steer it?
  27. Up at Nights

    A good observation. I guess it is. It is rather dead. It seems...aware it will not be there but for a moment and it's...what? Meticulous? Meaning and arrangement will be largely lost... today some might see it as...unrealistic or something - its whole placement with all the other large works in that finely integrated Theme area with the single voice, sotto voce? (the Voice of The Perisphere!). I once called it all a campus of life. The direction he is looking (AWAY from Peripshere), what he is holding... listetning to kraftewerk - ohm sweet ohm...
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