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    Don't forget the moving sidewalk, also in Satellite City.
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    Wow, very crude facilities. Which bush is for the men, and which one for the women?
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    I remember seeing this (360 degree) film at Expo 67. What stood out to me (in the film) was being in the middle of the parade. Some people watching it (and I don't know the medical condition that causes this) got dizzy, and had to sit on the floor.
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    I'm sure you could build a new one a hell of a lot cheaper!
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    Now that the holiday season is over I can concentrate on some things I have put aside. Here's a frame from the 8mm movie of the 1964-1965 World's Fair. I've been playing around with the shot (focus, color, etc.) That's yours truly on the left with the shades. That's my Mom on the right, carrying some kind of World's Fair bags along with her pocketbook. (There is writing on them that is visible in other photos. I wonder what was inside?)
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    This pavilion was well worth the long wait. The 360 degree film, Canada 67, was brilliant.
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    After visiting the NY Fair just 2 years before, I was quite anxious and excited to travel to another world's fair within driving distance of my home in Philadelphia. However, aside from the architectural beauty, gorgeous landscaping and scenic location of Expo 67, I was disappointed in the fact that they had no ride through pavilions, which were the highlight of my NY experience. Personally, I most enjoyed the big industrial buildings at NY and paid very little attention to the foreign countries. Maybe because I was only 21 years old at the time, but the technological wizardry is what did it for me. At Expo, the majority of the exhibitors were foreign nations, which although interesting, were no more than walk through small museum style exhibits highlighting their country's attributes. Sure Expo was big, beautiful and well presented. It just didn't have the jaw dropping technical flair that was so evident in New York.
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    Mid sixties is when my family took yearly summer vacations to Lake Winnipesaukee. Sometime before then would come the evening when my father would announce that he was preparing to make the long distance phone call to the owner of the lakefront cabin at his home in Concord, NH to ask if we could rent the property. He would then explain to me the distinction between a “station to station” and “person to person” call, and the concomitant pricing considerations. When the time was right for reduced evening rates, he would pick up the heavy black bakelite receiver, dial, literally dial, the operator, and bellow his intention much as I imagined Abraham Lincoln did at Gettysburg, as mom and I looked on in awe.
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    With all of its challenges and incredible problems, the decade of the 1960s was a remarkable time to come of age.
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    It's difficult to realize that young man must be about 80 today. Then it hits me that I'm fifty years older as well and that my warranty has run out.
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    Vrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr......(deep breath)....rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
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    Good lord I need a trigger warning! I assume there was some kind of restraint to keep riders seated, but even so, you can see there's nothing but down under your feet. Wonder if they stopped the ride for rain or lightning. Being 1967 I can't guess but these days I assume they'd provide a grief counselor for each car. Ah! On reviewing the opening post photo I can see it shows the entire length of that outside transit as the track enters the red tower for the vertical descent.
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    Hi everyone! I noticed a couple of broken spoke wires that hold the orbital rings around the unisphere. There's probably a good deal of multiple redundancy so it shouldn't be an imminent problem but all the same, not good. I didn't see any Parks employees around to tell about this. I'll make a call to 311 in the morning to get a phone number to report this to.
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    On behalf of my nonprofit, World's Fair Historical Society, www.crystalpalace51.org, and myself, I am glad to see this issue of the United States and how it deals with world's fairs coming out. There is another film that has just come out dealing with the same issue, go to this link to see it's trailer: https://www.facebook.com/WheresTheFair It is really good, I cannot wait to see these movies! Randy Richter Founder xpofan@gmail.com
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    Back in our day, getting inducted meant something else. LOL
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    In our minds, we all visualize huge tie-ins with the early 60's Jetsons TV show, and the 1964-65 New York World's Fair... especially with architecture. There is at least one real-world tie-in, years later The voice of Judy Jetson, Janet Waldo, also provided the voice for Grandmother on the Carousel of Progress when Disney re-recorded it in 1994. At the World's Fair, the voice had been provided by Peggy Stewart. Of course, Seattle's Century 21 World's Fair likes to claim a Jetsons heritage too.
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    I don't know much at all about Freedomland, so I researched it and while its creators said the Fair lead to its demise, the writers of the Wiki article offer other thoughts including an accident on a ride just weeks after the place opened (with law suits), an armed theft of money, and a huge lawsuit by Benjamin Moore Paints which, evidently, sponsored some exhibits which were changed against their will. It states that the place was 8 million in the hole at the end of the first season. It is difficult to see, if the place ever really had a viable future, why the Fair would kill it. And why would Freedomland's creators ever think visitors, especially from out of the NY Metro area, would opt to spend a day with them? That sounds astoundingly unrealistic even today. People went to NYC in 1964 or 1965 (as did my family from far away) for the trip of a lifetime--to see the Fair and/or NYC's landmarks--not to hit another amusement park which was not all that well advertised evidently. As for the Fair leading to Freedomland's failure, the Fair was finite. By 1965, it would be gone and a viable amusement park would go merrily on its way long after the exposition was over. It appears Freedomland was not well conceived, had a string of bad luck and threw in the towel without much of a fight. PS: Although I never heard of Freedomland, I had heard of Palisades Park which advertised on WPIX, WOR and WNEW which we received on cable over two hundred miles from NYC. As a ten or eleven year old, I was atuned to every single ad for an amusement park and I never once heard one about Freedomland. And maybe they needed a song like the one which celebrated Palisades Park.
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    Yes, the Fair really helped kill Freedomland. When I met with CV Wood, who had led the project, he said the backers had thought that people coming into town for the Fair would also spend a day at Freedomland. It turned out that distant visitors really didn't know anything about Freedomland and thus spent all of their time at the Fair. Even worse, though, was that locals said "Why go to Freedomland now? It will always be there. I'll see the Fair while I can." As a result attendance dropped past the point where they could keep the place open. He also blamed the NY unions and weather are being far harder to deal with than they had planned. I enjoyed Freedomland. It's too bad it didn't last. It wasn't as elaborate as a Disney park but it was the best thing in the NYC area as far as theme parks. Sort of had to be back then as it was the only one!
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    It might have been a "No Singing" button then. Someone bursts into song while the Elevator is in transit, the operator hits the button and the offending individual is ejected.
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    IMHO, had they covered the Terrazzo with dirt back in let's say 1985 when the floor was still mostly solid, this might have preserved it for the future. But now, where the floor is crumbled apart in mass quantities and the plywood underneath being rotted, the dirt plan is more of a funeral than a preservation tactic. Once the dirt gets wet from the rain, mass quantities of mud will seep into the cracks and accelerate the crumbling and rotting.It saddens me deeply to be writing this, but I am being realistic.I respect the hard work that the University did in preserving those select squares, but preservation would be a more appropriate word than restoration. In addition, the squares that they did work on were the ones that were in halfway decent shape. A large portion of the map doesn't even exist anymore, leaving nothing to preserve or restore. It reminds me of when I lost my hearing at the age of 21, and was told that hearing aids will "restore" my hearing. Having had very good hearing right up until I lost it, I can rightfully say that hearing aids did not restore anything. They supply me with a workable ghost of what normal hearing was to me at one time. Nothing can restore my hearing to what it was. And nothing can restore that floor to what it was either. Mother Nature has been munching on that floor for over 30 years now. If anything is to be done to restore the TOT with a new roof, the floor and mezzanine would certainly have to be removed anyway in order to make that possible. I apologize if this post seems pessimistic. I don't mean it to be. Being homeless for the past 2 weeks has given me a profoundly broadened perspective on life and human nature. The paralells that I see between my own pain and that of the NYSP are quite unsettling,at times overwhelming. Have no doubt that I love the NYSP dearly. I have shed tears when looking at some of the pictures posted here. Even more heartbreaking than the condition the NYSP is in is the fact that people who have and always have had the means of restoring the NYSP into the cultural venue that it was meant to be.....choose to turn a blind eye. Just leave it for dead. Ignore it and it will go away. Make flimsy excuses, blame everyone else, pretend to be interested when it is convenient, but do absolutely nothing to save it.