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  1. 4 points
    I recently joined or re-discovered a couple of the Facebook groups regarding the Fair so it was interesting to me to read the comments about Facebook. I was surprised to see how little has been posted on the Facebook groups in the past few years. On the other hand, this bulletin board is alive with continuous postings from people with an interest. I don't think a day goes by that I check here that I don't see and read something new. So LONG LIVE the World's Fair Community! In this day and age of Facebook, it is still THE PLACE to go for people who share a love of World's Fairs! You all make this a great place to visit.
  2. 3 points
    I love this community. Its members are passionate about world's fairs and the combined knowledge stored here is vast and deep. The passion is a double-edged sword and eventually it wore me out. Occasionally things got negative, heated. People disagree with the choices you make. Some people stop talking to you. Some people end up hating you. Over the years the hobby started feeling more like a job and my passion waned. I'd look through old posts and wonder if I'd made the right decisions. My social visits became less frequent. I'd check in to ensure everything was running and not recognize the people posting. That's when I decided to hand the site over to Bill C. Like many have previously stated, the community is still here and vital. Nearly two decades after Bill Y. invited me to join him. That's something to celebrate and be proud of!
  3. 2 points
    I just want to thank you again, Marc-- for funneling your passion into the original PTU-- for inviting me to be an Admin-- and for graciously allowing Bill to carry the site forward. I don't post as much as I used to, either. But man, oh man, am I glad the World's Fair Community is still around.
  4. 2 points
    Good times and bum times, I've seen them all and, Sunguar, I'm still here.....since September 10, 2000!
  5. 2 points
    Facebook makes it hard to find anything more than a few days old. Never mind that they're continually tweaking what you see at all. I'd much rather visit a few different blogs and boards like this every day than trust Facebook for things I'm interested in.
  6. 2 points
    Hi suguar! I have a feeling a number of us have become "lurkers" more so than "posters." In my case, I still watch "the board" but just don't post often unless I have something to advertise that's new at nywf64.com The names you mention go "way back" to the early days when "PTU" as it was called then was a part of nywf64.com. "Way back" is going on 19 years ago! It's hard to believe that this bulletin board in one form or another has been around for that long! Some of the names you've mentioned I've lost track of as well. Others, like Mike Kraus, Liz Klug and Ken Thalheimer, Mary Ellen Coughlan, John McSweeny still have an interest in the Fair but just don't post here often any more. Interests change over 19 years too. I also think that part of the reason why you don't see some of the older names posting any more is that the "newness" of it might have worn off for some of them. You have to realize that 19 years ago, discovering that there were actually other people "out there" who share this interest was a big thing to us. All those years ago there just wasn't that much online that you could explore about the 1964/1965 New York World's Fair or other Fairs. Now, search Google for "1964 York Fair" and you will come up with a myriad of links to places to visit on the web that have a connection to the Fairs, be it UTube or any number of places where folks have posted their photos and memories. In 2000, PTU was actually a bit like a social club where people with a fascination for World's Fairs could "hang-out." It's still that way today but maybe just not as shiny and new as it was nearly two decades ago.
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    Hi guys, What great photos! I have not been to the Hall of Science in FMCP in 3 years. When I last visited, they had a working, smaller, replica of the "Probability Machine" on display. Worth going in just to see it. The photos depicting the fair in "Tomorrowland" are great, wish there were more . Bill, I love your photos, thank you for sharing. It`s amazing, how just seeing a pavilion from a different angle can be so exciting. My wife does not understand that feeling, but alas, I do not understand the thrill she gets from "Say Yes To The Dress". MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE, and A HAPPY NEW YEAR.
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    Craig, I see you joined on September 10, 2000. I think that's the date I joined this site as well. My god, that's over 18 years ago. Ooops--just checked. I joined September 11, 2000.
  10. 1 point
    The GM pavilion is so huge that it looks like it's right next to Westinghouse. You wouldn't know that there's a highway between them. Though maybe the line of tiny people waiting to get into GM would be a clue...
  11. 1 point
    Thank you, Craig! And thank you for your help with researching this book. I am very appreciative!
  12. 1 point
    I didn't see this posted yet. The city is getting 16 million bucks to restore/stablize the NYSP. Finally, Queens is getting some R-E-S-P-E-C-T! https://qns.com/story/2018/11/27/schumer-gillibrand-announce-16-million-federal-funds-restore-nys-pavilion-flushing-meadows/?fbclid=IwAR2Ow-Hc_MqkrreOfkkT8qjYZerTa2WxRrRVfGRPzZb-vPwCr6lhPWvndtc -KK
  13. 1 point
    Well, it's a lot easier for me to invite people to my house here in LA than it would be for me to invite them to someone else's house like yours.
  14. 1 point
    VERY LONG STORY SHORT: Nearly 45 years ago I spent my first year of teaching at a small boarding school. One of my English students was struggling with an assignment and I offered to stop by his dormitory room to proof read his essay due later that week. When he opened the door, I was greeted by a massive NYWF flag on one wall. It took my breath away. I asked him how he had obtained it and if he knew what it was. He told me he thought it had something to do with the United Nations (the globe) and that his friend (who was also a student) had given it to him. I explained to the kid what the flag was and I must have fawned over the icon so intently that he decided that flag really meant something--at least to me. To learn more he asked me to meet his friend and we then walked across campus to the dormitory where his buddy lived and the second boy explained the flag had been found in his grandfather's Pennsylvania barn. The upper level of the barn, according to both young men, was loaded with similar items (souvenir items) that had been boxed and stored in that barn loft. Curious as to why there was so much world's fair memorabilia in an old Pennsylvania barn, I asked who the grandfather was. That second boy told me that his grandfather was Grover Whalen. He was well aware of his grandfather's role in the 1939 Fair and said that Mr. Whalen had received a good deal of 1964 memorabilia as an honorary member of the 1964 Fair planning commission. That boy indicated that his grandfather also had a great deal of 1939 Fair memorabilia in the house where his grandmother still lived at that time (about 1976). Mr. Whalen died in 1962 just a short time after watching John Glenn's triumphant parade following his space mission on Friendship Seven. That sort of parade, a ticker tape parade, had been originated by Mr. Whalen many decades earlier. Later that academic year both boys graduated. The boy who had the flag hanging on his wall brought it to the ceremony and offered it to me. I hesitated to accept it but he said he wanted to thank me for the help I'd offered throughout the year and he said he believed the flag meant far more to me than it did to him. It remans the finest gift any student ever offered to me and I've treasured it for forty plus years.'
  15. 1 point
    I so agree Bill Young. I know Sunguar. I'm just being a smart aleck. A springtime SiP...now that does sound like a great idea Bill Cotter.
  16. 1 point
    I might try for a SiP in LA this Spring.
  17. 1 point
    I was lucky enough to attend the 64 fair dozens of times as a teen. I joined this website in 2004 and have been here mostly in the backround ever since.
  18. 1 point
    Sure thing. Just forget there's a disposable tupperware container in the oven while you preheat it for Thanksgiving dinner Don't ask me how I know that.
  19. 1 point
    Thanks for posting. Can you provide the aroma?
  20. 1 point
    Thank, you all, very much, for many years to come!
  21. 1 point
    Yes, Facebook is a big factor for sure. I want to keep this site going, though, as I feel the quality of posts is better. It's also easier to find older information at least for me.
  22. 1 point
    I think Mr. Young nailed it mostly on the head. But I think there's another reason a lot of people have drifted away from the PTU/WFC site. And that's Facebook. When this amazing board first started-- Facebook, not to mention all other forms of social media-- quite simply didn't exist. This was literally one of the only online repositories of information related to World's Fairs and Expos-- and probably the most exhaustive, at that. But once Facebook came along-- and specifically, its various fan and special interest pages began to blossom-- I suspect it drove a lot of traffic away from us here. Nevertheless, I still don't think there's a better one-stop shop than the World's Fair Community for virtually any fair you can think of-- from 1851 to 2025-- and I am deeply proud to be one of its Admins. This site has directly inspired my professional work (CSI:NY, PPIE) and brought me a great deal of personal joy for many years.
  23. 1 point
    Hello everybody! I just sent out a MailChimp broadcast to subscribers to nywf64.com about some of the new things that I've put online at the website these past few weeks and wanted to inform everyone here as well. Because the sections below are screen shots of the MailChimp email campaign, you can click on the screen shots to be taken to those featured items at nywf64.com. The documents screen shot will take you to The Fair, The City and The Critics document. If you'd like to read HOW TO MAKE A UNISPHERE, the title here is the link to that document. As always, thanks for visiting nywf64.com. I truly hope you enjoy the presentations. Like Bill Cotter's fabulous website, it is always a work in progress and I am adding new things quite often (but I'm sure I'll be slowing down over the Holidays), although they are not always easy to find. I'm hoping that the Home Page will direct you to some of the things that I think are most interesting and enjoyable. But, please, don't neglect to use the Navigation Bar at the top of the website to find many of the hidden attractions. There's a lot of stuff that's gone online in the last 18 years and you will uncover many of them by using the Navigation Bar to access the drop-down menus leading to the presentations. Best, Bill
  24. 1 point
    A good question. Some seemed to have drifted away from the Fair scene, and some others pop up now and then on Facebook. I believe RayinPasa was also Ray Dashner. Marc Williams, who founded this board, is busy with work and a host of other things. Wish I knew more about why the others are gone. Maybe I'll drop them a note and ask when I get done with a project I'm buried with at the moment.
  25. 1 point
    New York Central System Headlight magazine, June 1965 New York Central Headlight mag JUN65.pdf Just want to add that this promotional text is one of the best I have seen, mentioning both major attractions and intriguing-sounding minor parts of them. Bill Cotter, why are you hiding that time machine? I want to go back!
  26. 1 point
    Makes me think of the episode of the late 1990s episode The Simpsons where Bart is being sued in Australia and the summons has a stamp celebrating "30 years of electricity"
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    The factlet that he died on a visit to NYC to see the 1964 Fair is puzzling if he lived and worked there, irrelevant, and, since the photos are not from 1964, misleading. "A Star is Born," the movie advertised in one of his Times Square photos, is from 1954. So I don't know what the blurb writer was thinking. But I can guess... Walking around a ladder blocking a CVS entrance this morning I joked to the twenty something workman if he was daring me to walk underneath. He looked concerned and confused. Turned out he never heard that walking under a ladder is bad luck. Separately I heard young girls not knowing what the expression "put on a back burner" meant. I'm concluding that many young people know nothing prior to their own experience and to them the past is one swirling pastiche conflating World's Fairs with World Wars in which the Flintstones celebrating Christ's birth is a reality show offering no chronological challenges. These people are today's writers.
  28. 1 point
    I can just see some KGB lowlife in Moscow reading "The lazy dog jumped over the moon. The lazy dog jumped over the moon. The lazy dog jumped over the moon." "Colonel Futski..is some kind of new code! Call cryptologist!"
  29. 0 points
    No, it's apparently a misleading article. The money is for electrical and other work throughout the whole park. No specific mention of anything for the NYSP. Very frustrating.