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  2. Vatican Pavilion tickets

    The seller probably has a roll of each.
  3. Vatican Pavilion tickets

    They're back. Possibly from a botched auction? https://www.ebay.com/itm/Lot-of-30-Old-1964-N-Y-Worlds-Fair-TICKETS-VATICAN-PAVILION-New-York/372138286194?_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIM.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D49477%26meid%3D4e6110a590414b5fb85b4c923255f9a1%26pid%3D100011%26rk%3D2%26rkt%3D10%26sd%3D311786193348&_trksid=p2047675.c100011.m1850
  4. Obit on Disney designer

    Marty was a class act. I was honored to have known him and worked with him.
  5. Obit on Disney designer

    Thanks for posting, Bill. The interviews and writeups I have seen about Marty Sklar always gave me the impression of someone you would like to know personally. --- The 2004 posting about Sam McKim just got my attention for the first time. I have the book "Maps of the Disney Parks" by Neary, Neary, and Hunt, but in browsing through, the names of the cartographers hadn't stuck with me.
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  7. Obit on Disney designer

    Hello Everyone: I just found out today that another person who was instrumental in the Disney-designed attractions at the NYWF passed away back on July 27, 2017. His name was Marty Sklar, and he was 83 years old at his passing. Below is the obituary from the New York Times: Marty Sklar, Longtime Disney Aide and Executive, Dies at 83 By RICHARD SANDOMIR AUG. 3, 2017 Marty Sklar in front of an image of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., in 2005. Mr. Sklar worked for the Walt Disney Company for more than 50 years. Credit Jae C Hong/Associated Press On the mid-July day in 1955 when Disneyland opened in Anaheim, Calif., confusion reigned. More people stormed its grounds than expected, rides broke down, food and beverage supplies ran short, and a plumbers’ strike limited the number of working water fountains. Out in the park that afternoon, amid the disorder, was Marty Sklar, a 21-year-old college junior who was editing the theme park’s 10-cent newspaper. At one point Fess Parker, in full costume as Disney’s television and big-screen Davy Crockett, complete with coonskin cap, approached him on horseback. Spotting Mr. Sklar’s name tag, Mr. Parker called out for help. “Marty,” he said, “get me out of here before this horse hurts someone!” Disneyland recovered well from the early chaos. And Mr. Sklar went on to spend more than a half-century at the Walt Disney Company, as a close aide to Walt Disney himself and eventually as the principal creative executive of the company’s Imagineering unit, made up of the innovators who blend their imaginations and their technical expertise in devising every element of the company’s theme parks. “Marty was sort of the keeper of the flame of Walt’s philosophies so that everybody could learn from them,” Bob Gurr, an Imagineer for 27 years (his credits include the Matterhorn roller coasters), said in a telephone interview. “Marty was connected to literally everything the Disney company has done since Disneyland. Mr. Sklar, who died on July 27 at his home in the Hollywood Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, maintained his connection to the company after his retirement in 2009 (timed for the 54th anniversary of Disneyland’s opening). Last year, at Day 1 of Shanghai Disney in China, he became the only cast member, as the company calls its workers, to have attended the openings of all 12 Disney parks worldwide. And less than two weeks before he died, he was at D23, a Disney fan convention, reminiscing on a panel about Disneyland. His death was announced by the Disney company, which did not give a cause. He was 83. Mr. Sklar’s job editing The Disneyland News was a temporary one, but he returned to Disneyland after graduating from U.C.L.A. in 1956 to work in its publicity department. He soon became Mr. Disney’s chief ghostwriter for publicity materials, dedications, souvenir guides, speeches, slogans, presentations and short films, like the one that helped the company win approval to build Walt Disney World and Epcot in central Florida. He also collaborated with Walt and his brother, Roy, on Disney’s annual reports. “It was pretty heady stuff for someone just closing in on his 30th birthday and only six or seven years out of college,” Mr. Sklar wrote in his autobiography, “Dream It! Do It: My Half-Century Creating Disney’s Magic Kingdoms” (2013). But even as Mr. Disney leaned on Mr. Sklar’s writing, he assigned him to work on the Ford Pavilion at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York, where the Disney company was designing exhibits and attractions. Mr. Sklar wrote Mr. Disney’s narration for the “Magic Skyway” at the Ford pavilion, with its animatronic dinosaurs and cave men, and was the main link to major corporate sponsors. It was the start of Mr. Sklar’s second phase at the company. As an increasingly important member, and leader, of the Imagineers, he became even more identified with the legacy of Mr. Disney, who died in late 1966, well before the openings of Walt Disney World, in 1971, and Epcot, in 1982. After Mr. Disney’s death of lung cancer at 65, Mr. Sklar was thrust back into writing when he was told that the company’s top executives had not prepared a public statement in advance, even though, as he wrote in his autobiography, “it was no secret Walt was dying.” Mr. Sklar in 2016 receiving the Diane Disney Miller Lifetime Achievement Award at a gala hosted by Neil Patrick Harris. Credit Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for The Walt Disney Family Museum Mr. Sklar resented having to write the statement that Roy Disney would sign, he said, but he understood that the lack of planning was a sign that Mr. Disney’s death had paralyzed the company’s leaders. “The truth is they were all scared as hell,” Mr. Sklar wrote. Martin Adrian Sklar was born in New Brunswick, N.J., on Feb. 6, 1934. His father, Leon, was a teacher, and his mother, the former Lilyn Fuchs, worked at Johnson & Johnson before the family moved to Long Beach, Calif., when Marty was 12. .After high school, he had temporary jobs working at Douglas Aircraft, scooping ice cream at a hamburger drive-in and delivering packages for the Postal Service. But in May 1955, as his junior year at U.C.L.A. was ending, Mr. Sklar received a message to call E. Cardon Walker, the head of marketing and publicity at Disney. At the time, Mr. Sklar was the new editor in chief of The Daily Bruin, the U.C.L.A. student newspaper. Mr. Walker asked him to interview for the job of creating and editing The Disneyland News. The theme park was opening soon, Mr. Walker told him. It needed him. Mr. Walker hired him after a 20-minute interview. But Mr. Sklar still needed to assure Mr. Disney that he knew what he was doing. “I was on the job two weeks and had to present the concept for the paper to Walt Disney,” he recalled in a podcast for the Disney Avenue website. “If Walt didn’t like it, I was out the door, and he’d get a pro to do it. But the good fortune was that Walt liked it. I was 21. It was scary. I’d never worked professionally.” Mr. Sklar eventually distilled Mr. Disney’s lessons (and some from others) into “Mickey’s Ten Commandments,” a manifesto of theme park management. Among the commandments: Know your audience. Wear your guests’ shoes, figuratively speaking, to experience an attraction as they would. Tell one story at a time in any given attraction. Bob Rogers, an expert in themed entertainment, once called Mr. Sklar “the sorcerer’s apprentice” — the role Mickey Mouse played in the Disney classic “Fantasia” (1940) — for channeling the Disney philosophies to three generations of designers. Mr. Sklar is survived by his wife, the former Leah Gerber; his daughter Leslie Sklar; his son Howard; and four grandchildren. Mr. Sklar was a devout Disney executive. He routinely wore a three-faced Mickey Mouse watch (which gave him the times in Los Angeles, Paris and Tokyo) and a gold Mickey Mouse ring. And he never forgot all that Mr. Disney had taught him. When the Disney company was developing a children’s area for the California Adventure Park, Mr. Sklar reminded the planners to include activities that parents and children could do together, as Mr. Disney would have mandated. “I reminded everyone that the reason Disneyland existed at all was because Walt used to take his daughters Diane and Sharon to the Griffith Park merry-go-round,” he told The Los Angeles Times in 2002, “and Daddy had to sit on the park bench eating peanuts and popcorn while the kids rode alone.” Here is a link to an interview that Mr. Sklar did that tells all about his involvement with the New York World's Fair and the work he did at all four of the Disney projects at the Fair: http://blog.silive.com/sinotebook/2010/04/an_interview_with_marty_sklar.html
  8. Argentina for Expo 2023

    I was hoping for Łódź (and had learned how to pronounce it) - but the Buenos Ares master plan looks sound on the expo website: http://en.expo2023argentina.com/masterplan/ and I certainly hope to go
  9. Argentina for Expo 2023

    Wasn't surprised to see the MN bid knocked out first, and I was a bit more excited about the Lodz bid, but I remain hopeful that this one turns out well. I certainly plan to be there!
  10. Argentina for Expo 2023

    Hi all, Not on the BIE web site yet - but according to their twitter page https://twitter.com/bieparis it will be Argetina for the next specialise exhibition
  11. If I lived in St.Louis and the Fair was a part of my local history, I'd be pushing for excavation of that site where the axle is believed to be buried. It's difficult to grasp that the local historical societies are not making a pitch for this plan as well. If it's really buried there, that axle is an amazing piece of urban archaeology. Of course, an argument could be made that the axle is more a piece of Chicago history and belongs there than it is a part of the history of St. Louis especially because St. Louis junked it.
  12. Color Photos from 1939

    The 1939 Fair was constructed with a color coded theme. The Theme Center was allowed to be pure white but extending from the Trylon and Perisphere in concentric rings were subtle rainbow shades of color. This plan is often evident in 1939 color photos. Secondly, there was an almost "permanent" look and design to most 1939 pavilions in New York. There was no use of plastic or vinyl construction materials and pavilions had to meet the standards set by the Design Board of the NYWF. Again, this gave a look of permanence to most Fair structures. I believe this is all readily evident in quality 1939 photographs.
  13. Spanish Bulls

    Or he's using the picture that he bought them from, eleven years ago.
  14. Spanish Bulls

    Feedback looks good. The seller might have tried to sell these way back when, had no luck then, and is trying again.
  15. You'd think that some test bores would not be too expensive, but I wish that he had published a two-dimensional plot so we could see how sharply it is delineated in the cross-wise direction. Maybe the location is not so sharply defined as implied by his photo with the superposed outline.
  16. The US wants to host a world's fairs again!

    2023 is designated a year for a Specialized Expo. Only three months. Minnesota's bid is 'Healthy People, Healthy Planet'. Not exactly jaw-dropping inspirational stuff. More like three months of yawn. Mayo Clinic. This kind of stuff is right up BIE's alley. I have nothing against Minneapolis as a site. It's a part of the country I'd like to visit. But I'd like big thinking out of the box; the stuff that fueled NYWF 64-65, Montreal 67, and Expo'70. NYWF demonstrated quite well that the BIE isn't needed, and can even get in the way. People like to criticize NYWF because of mediocre foreign presence. And I lay that 100% at the feet of the BIE- it was completely their doing, in their petty vindictiveness. Who says that 2023 has to be a small specialized Expo? Think big, go for BIG- stretching the envelope at every opportunity- and don't let ANYBODY get in the way of your dreams. That's what America is all about. Want to compromise? Okay, go for the little health fair, with the BIE's seal of approval. Then name that Zone 1, with Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 surrounding it- with those Zones letting 'er rip, no holds barred on technology and future vision. Of course don't TELL the BIE you're going to have a little fair within a huge fair. It's really none of their business.
  17. I think it depends on how they value this thing. I've seen streets torn apart for the dumbest reasons. That axle might bring world's fair fans from all over and that could be of benefit to the local economy. Then again, maybe not. Maybe the cost of what amounts to urban archaeology with a possible wonderful find is just not worth it. But I can see that axle on display somewhere along with a creative Ferris Wheel display, and it might have the drawing appeal of the Civil War Hunley or the turret of the Monitor or something of that sort. But who knows? If the axle really is sitting under that roadway, it seems rather unfortunate to not continue the exploration for a remarkable piece of Americana.
  18. Well, given that they'd have to tear up a city street to do it-- it's hard to say that would be justified. But at least it's cool to know where the mighty axle is!
  19. News Flash According to this AP article posted today, not only has the US rejoined the BIE, but the government wants us to host a World's Fair again in Minneapolis Minnesota in 2023. http://www.nydailynews.com/newswires/news/business/minnesota-poland-argentina-compete-host-world-fair-article-1.3627791
  20. Spanish Bulls

    Don't know what to think abut a seller who posts a picture time stamped 2006
  21. I remember hearing about this. The question, of course, is whether they did dig for the axle. I don't recall ever seeing any information indicating that any excavations, much less discoveries, were ever made.
  22. Spanish Bulls

    I have a set of these Spanish Bulls in my collection (in storage). It's a fun souvenir. https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F263309057010
  23. TV Remote Control 1956

    Man's response- silently goes out to the garage to get a screwdriver to take off the cabinet doors. Doors just get in the way of watching the Yankees vs the Dodgers in the '56 World Series anyway. As Archie Bunker might have said "if the Good Lord had intended doors to be on da cabinet, he woulda put doors on the Ark before he gave it to Moses dere in da desert. See Moses needed to watch da tv in da Ark constantly to keep an eye on Pharoah sneekin' up on 'em from beyond. No doors. Pharoah drowns. Simple as dat."
  24. While touring Washington University in St. Louis with my son today, I knew we were walking across the former grounds of the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition. In fact, at one point, we even got to go inside one of the Expo's only remaining buildings. But by day's end, I also found myself wondering what had become of the original Ferris Wheel-- which had been re-erected at the St. Louis Fair after its successful run at the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago. And that's when I came across this article about a concerted effort to locate the Great Wheel's remains-- 103 years after it met an unfortunate fate. The author doesn't have all of his Fair facts completely straight-- but he's clearly a scientist, not a historian-- and his methodical approach to solving a mystery is fascinating to read. Magnetic Survey to Find Axle from Ferris Wheel Used in the 1904 St Louis World's Fair
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