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  1. 5 points
    Hey! I just found this on one of my random websites: It's a movie called "New Directions".. it seems to be a stop motion film from the '39 Fair. here's the movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlurdOFTvH8
  2. 4 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. 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.
  4. 4 points
    Let me first give my apology to Mike, I guess with all the hard work we put into the Pavillion I didn't see what he was really saying. I do have the latest report on the study of the Pavillion and Mitch is correct, the structure is in sound condition but there are pieces of concrete falling off the columns. It would be unsafe for the public to walk around, and the outer rooms are a complete disaster. We have found a mattress in one where a homeless person was sleeping ( remnants of the Fereal Pavillion) but with all that said we will be there this spring and start our scraping and painting of the interior walls and mezzanine band. I met with the new commissioner today and she gave full support to our cause. We also talked about ideas for the Fairs 50th anniversary. Will post to keep everyone up to date....Johnny
  5. 3 points
    I can relate to the noble but weary task of checking things out. Rumour went around that an attractive female in my company was moonlighting at a local burlesque theater. Someone had to take on the task of confirming the truth, and I selflessly volunteered. It was true!
  6. 3 points
    Thanks for the post, Glen. Always good to hear from you. Happily we haven't had too many problems with trolls, and we do our best to take care of them as fast as possible when they surface. And I do try to keep politics, at least current ones, out of here so there's a place I can go without having to wory about the Argument of the Day from some folks on Facebook, etc. I plan on moving the board to a new host this summer, and will see what can be done about those missing images at that time. Same basic software, just a different hosting company.
  7. 3 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.
  8. 3 points
    After YEARS of delay, finally construction has started. Still don't know how much will get done and how fast, but the excellent and very much in demand "construction guy", Howie, is hot on it now and has done this much in two days, with the wood base cut and ready, but still not in place. However, the frame is almost complete. Most of the glass and plexi have to be replaced, but I am trying to figure out something to do with the original WF pieces of glass (only a few were not damaged in the taking down of the church/pavilion in Poway). We're waiting on the new glass and plexi, so that might be a short delay, as they are all custom pieces. Enjoy, news as it happens.
  9. 3 points
    She is being remodeled! New glass fencing instead of grid on the observation deck and glass floor in the restaurant is just part of it. Here is a link to what they are doing to bring this lovely lady into the 21st Century! https://www.spaceneedle.com/about-renovation/ and a peek....
  10. 3 points
    One man’s ceiling, another’s floor. Days like that meant I had Futurama on continuous loop and pwned the Chrysler quiz, walking away with multiple turbine car model prizes. No elbowing to see the SKF ball bearings bounce or for the driver’s seat in a Mustang. Although I do recall even at 7-8 years old, one day (Dad took me so it had to be a weekend) in particular in front of NCR, looking out at the empty space between the few people strolling by and grasping in my young mind the shaky feel of something being wrong with that picture. Desolate. I remember the same thing at Palisades, having the run of the Fun House on a beautiful day. Nice, but, Where is everybody? Like the foreboding cowboy remark, “Yeah. TOO quiet.”
  11. 3 points
    I remember how my mom decided which pavilions to see and which to avoid in1965. The ones we saw were highly recommended by friends who had already visited the Fair. The ones she chose to avoid had more to do with product disappointment on her part than on the recommendation (or lack thereof) of friends. She had an almost pathological dislike for all things Westinghouse and it was all because of a Westinghouse washing machine that spent more time spewing soap suds and getting repaired than it ever did washing clothes. She detested that machine and the fact she had spent hard earned money on it. In 1965, she walked right past their pavilion and, at the time, their slogan was "You Can Be Sure If It's Westinghouse." She added: "You can be sure it's junk." As for RCA, her reasoning wasn't so much that the product was bad but that color television was some sort of commercial trap. She and my father "tested" an RCA color television set a few months prior to our visit to the Fair. They got it from Sears or somewhere on a three or four day loan. She grew to hate it over those few days because none of her favorite shows were in color and she and my father were "forced" to watch shows they disliked just because they were in color. She really looked at it this way. After a few days, she ordered the thing out of the house and my parents bought a black and white Zenith instead--the last black and white they ever bought. But that beast must have lasted another ten or twelve years. It was certainly worth the money and didn't owe us a thing when it finally croaked. Needless to say, there was no way in heaven or hell my mother was going to walk into that RCA pavilion in New York. She knew RCA and their color televisions were nothing but a snare.
  12. 3 points
    George, I guess I got good shoots because there were so many good subjects to choose from. I used Ektachrome 120 slide film cropped to superslide size and hand-mounted onto plastic frames. My camera was a twin-lens reflex, which, unfortunately, didn't have telephoto or wide angle accessories. I tended to "push the envelope" a little, which got me some privileged shots of the Bell System, Travelers Insurance, etc. But mostly it was patience, and the powerful impression that the fair made on me. It is wonderful that these slides have finally found a home among those of you who really appreciate them. I think that providing a nostalgic return to almost-forgotten memories is one of the best gifts I can offer, and, believe me, the pleasure is as much mine as yours! The responses of the Community to these long-ago efforts have added a whole new dimension to my later years, for which I thank you all. I couldn't think of a happier occasion than to meet all of you personally and share memories of this great Fair!
  13. 3 points
    I'm delighted to learn about the Community after decades of thinking there was little general interest in my own photos. I visited the Fair 30 times over its two year span, with a twin-lens reflex camera, plus the occasional tripod for night and interior work, and a bulky portable audio tape recorder. I'm presently engaged in a multi-month project of meticulously cleaning, color-correcting and, where appropriate, cropping each superslide file. Everything I submit will be brand new, having never been published in any medium. Many thanks to Craig Bavaro for tipping me off about the Community, and to Bill Cotter for his technical help and support. Greetings to all from California, and thanks for your interest and patience while I get this process underway.
  14. 3 points
    Even in black-and-white the Fair looked spectacular at night.
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    I also remember how much the setting and display impressed my parents. And what that critic never understood is that the very opportunity provided to tens of millions of visitors just to see the Pieta was, in itself, priceless. That sculpture would have blown minds by its beauty if it had been displayed in the pavilion kitchen.
  17. 3 points
    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.
  18. 3 points
    The museum has invited me to participate in a NYWF event in September. I'll post details here when they're finalized.
  19. 3 points
    All I'm seeing on Facebook says today's events are a smash hit--- with waiting lines to see the NYS Pavilion snaking around, across the bridge and all the way over to the zoo. Hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people, according to the photos I'm seeing. A big eye-opener for the Parks Department. A three hour wait I'm hearing, and you're limited to 10 minutes inside. Sounds like the Fair 50 years ago, doesn't it? :D
  20. 3 points
    I found this on Youtube today. It was taken after the hurricane and has some fabulous views of the towers. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0mleoS3QVo
  21. 3 points
    Here's a view of the Czechoslovakia Pavilion at Man and His World in 1972: It's not too hard to guess what pavilion this was during Expo, is it? I'm surprised they couldn't do a better job of erasing the old name.
  22. 3 points
    film footage of one of the Fire dancers at 2:48 In spite of the 1965 title on this footage, the view of the Chrysler Pavilion shows it to be painted in the 1964 paint scheme.
  23. 3 points
    Mark this date on your calendars- Tuesday, July 14,2009 I will be giving a tour of FMCP focusing on the New York World's Fair of 1939-1940. The tour group will meet at 9:00am at the 1964 Main Entrance Building, top of the ramp. This tour will emphasize on the size comparisons of the two fairs, and also give an insight on the area's previous incarnations, those being both a dismal ash dump and a pristine wetland before that. The tour will start with a visit the Bridge of Flags, Garden of Nations area, and acknowledge the sites of many international pavilions from the 1939 fair, along with the League of Nations pavilion. then proceed to the eastern border of the fairgrounds, formerly the site of the Boy Scout Camp from 1939 and now a brand new recreation center. The tour will then proceed to the Fountain of Planets(Lagoon of Nations for this tour) and follow the complete original path of the Flushing River to the Lake, pointing out the locations of the court of states,and the massive Soviet Union Pavilion. Medicus DVD footage of these pavilions will be available on a portable DVD player. At the former site of the Aquacade, a video DVD of the actual 1939 show will be shown on a small screen. The tour will emphasize on the size of the 1939 Amusement Zone, and visit the 1939 location of the Parachute Jump. The Tour will then visit the Queens Museum, with an extensive tour of the building's exterior along with the museum exhibits. From there, it will be decided on whether to visit the Transportation Zone or head back up into the main Fairgrounds, time dependent. I encourage tour guests to bring bottled water, and carb snacks, it's a lot of walking! This should be an interesting and informative tour. More info coming soon.
  24. 3 points
    I have noticed that over the last year, the general tone of this board has taken a decidedly nasty turn. I refuse to point fingers and name names; those who have been guilty of all the sniping and ugliness know who they are and what they have done. People, before the name change, this was known as Peace Through Understanding. By and large, that is exactly what this board was, and why I enjoyed coming here on a daily basis. I'm sad to say that I don't feel that way anymore. I don't know why some of you were drawn here, but in my case it was to keep the memory of my childhood visits to the 1964/65 New York World's Fair alive in my head, and to hear the experience of others who shared it; and we had that! Now, however, it seems that every thread I read has someone jumping all over someone else for no apparent reason than to start conflict. I don't need this. I'm going to take a month-long break from PTU and hope that when I return, this board will again reflect that wonderful ideal, Peace Through Understanding Good day and good luck, Boggy
  25. 3 points
    I had 8 or 9 yesterday so I can guess who voted against me. I can live with it. As to the permit - if one is needed I'm willing to foot the $25 for it as a way of showing my support. I really doubt I can get there in person due to work commitments but I'll be there in spirit. I'm also sending some material to Jason to use as give-aways and door prizes as he sees fit. I hope it's a great day for all those who go.
  26. 2 points
    The Twilight Zone... Maybe that is Global 33, the jet liner on route from London to NYC in 1961 that broke the sound and time barrier and found itself lost over New York City in 1939 with the world's fair below them . If "you hear the sound of jet engines flyings atop the overcast--engines that sound searching and lost--engines that sound desperate--shoot up a flare or do something. That would be Global 33 trying to get home--from The Twilight Zone." --Rod Serling, February 24, 1961 (episode 54)
  27. 2 points
    It's Birds Eye Awake "frozen concentrate for orange-flavored breakfast drink."
  28. 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.
  29. 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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    Just restored from a vintage print.
  32. 2 points
    Ever wonder what a luminaire looked like if you stared straight up at one? Wonder no more.
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    I have a photo in my head of that thing. I was afraid to ride because after you ascended the spiral the ride left the building and crossed quite some distance through open air into the volcano mouth of the other building. There were several chairs in a row and you were perched rather high off the track without railings. I remember watching with trepidation from the ground as the cars slowly made their way across the exposed track several stories higher than I was comfortable with. I was afraid of that open air bit. My parents had to cajole me into going. I recall nothing of the spiral upwards as I steeled myself for what was to come. As the ride exited the building and crossed that chasm I held on tight but there ahead of me in the supposedly fearsome maw of the volcano I saw a soda can lying improbably among the glowing lava folds. As the ride turned 90 degrees and dropped vertically down, the whole gestalt of the illusion was ruined by that soda can. It also served to distract me from my fear of heights . The ride proceeded at constant speed throughout. It was not at all like a roller coaster. There was no free fall. I have no recollection of how you got on or off. I see the font size changes in the third paragraph of my post above. That was not intentional and there is no meaning implied or secret message intended. Of course if there was, it would be, "Drink more Ovaltine."
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    Three more days until my book is available! Here's another clip: Children may not have been welcome at Show Street, but the Gayway more than made up for the snub. Seen here from the Union 76 Skyride is just a portion of the rides, carnival games, and snack bars that filled the area. More than $2 million was spent on the Gayway, which the fair proclaimed as having the most modern rides in all of North America, many just imported from Europe for their American debut.
  38. 2 points
    Hi Everyone, let us raise our glasses, and give praise to the volunteers, some from this very site, that painted the bottom portion of the "Tent of Tomorrow". It was their effort, and love for this building, that brought all this attention for a need to restore this amazing structure to its former glory. The usual situation seems to be happening here, where an individual, or small group shows that something can be done. Next, the media arrives, and creates a human interest story. Following this, the public takes an interest, which forces the people in charge to show interest, and take part in a bigger way. I think many of the people that attended the fair, and visited the park in later years, thought, as did I, that I would not live long enough to see any effort made to bring the NY State Pavilion back to life. What is happening here has given me so much hope, I`m beginning to think, I might get to see the time capsules open. Again, thanks to the NY State Pavilion paint crew.!
  39. 2 points
    It may be the best designed logo for any world's fair. Remarkably simple, it catches the eye and it conveys the theme in a split second. And it endures to this day with its ubiquitous presence in Montreal.
  40. 2 points
    I have the recordings and am working on a suitable permanent home.
  41. 2 points
    You guys really deserve the opportunity to show for the great work that you have done these last several years. I felt very blessed to have helped back in 2010 when things were getting started. look forward to seeing you opening day. Steve
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    No, that would have been the Perisphere itself.
  44. 2 points
    .We had a great day finishing the painting of the Pavillion, exept for touch ups. But the big part of the day came when we hung the NYSP sign which was designed and fabricated to Jim Browns specs. You have to to see it in person on the building to see its beauty. with the hard work of Mitch, Stephanie, Jim, Gary and Tom, and dedication speech by Jim The Pavillion was given new life.I am going to have a plaque made up of everyone who worked on and gave donations to this massive undertaking which bagan on Nov. of 2009 by Mitch and myself.So many people are now stopping and taking pictures and asking questions about the building.It has new liife And again i thank everyone who helped make this a reality..................Johnny................More pics to follow
  45. 2 points
    At the lower right-hand corner of every post there's a green plus and red minus button followed by a number (starts at "0"). If you like a post click the plus and if you don't like it click the minus. These accumulate in the member's account and highlight popular posts people like or demote posts people don't like. For example Bill Cotter has already been given 7 reputation points while oldschool39 has -10.
  46. 2 points
    Hey Jason, Since the word "tour" seems to set off certain individuals who shall remain nameless, maybe you should just call it a gathering of Fair minded people who will walk the park together. Now that shouldn't get their undies in bunch now, right? Liz
  47. 2 points
    RIGHT NOW..its on!! They are offering the film as a subscriber gift- it's not Curtis and Terrie's film. Its the one that is narrated by Judd Hirsch. Its pretty wild turning the channel and running into the WF!!
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    Here is a screen cap from the WLIW-NY 21 website showing the Worlds Fair related pledge gifts. Also shown is the description of Bill Cotter and Bill Young's book!! Way to go Bills! / Nancy
  49. 2 points
    Sounds like a great time. If I'm in NY I will be there. Let me know if you need any photos for the event.
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    September 6, 1963. A plumber was crushed to death when nine of the twelve steel supports of the New Jersey Pavilion collapsed. Two ironworkers were injured and twenty other men scrambled to safety when the "booms" crashed to the ground. The dead man was identified as Robert Giglio, 23 years old and the injured men were identified as Stephen Dutton, 26 and Allan Goodleaf, 22. The only murder commit at the fair was on May 23, 1965 when a 20-year-old Bronx dental technician Richard Kernik Yeterian, was fatally stabbed in an argument over a nickel. The stabbing took place on the Avenue of the States, between the golden teepee of Wisconsin and New Jersey's cluster of tents, about 12:50 am on a chilly night when most visitors had left. Two teen-aged boys, who were in a group of Brooklyn youngsters that sneaked onto the grounds in the back of a delivery truck, were charged with juvenile delinquency-homicide. Their names were not released; one was 14 and the other 15 years old. The truck driver Herbert Terry, 22 were charged with impairing the morals of minors. Edgar Esencio, 18 were booked on the same charge. He was the oldest of nine boys who crowded into the back of the truck. The others were between 10 and 15 years of age, and the police say Esencio supplied the two bottles of cheap wine that some of them had been drinking. According to the police, these are the events of the night; the truck was delivering paper bags to various fair pavilions, trucks are not allowed on the grounds before midnight. Mr. Yeterian had arrived at the fair at 9:30 PM and met three friends who worked at the fair. The police said that as the four passed the back of the truck, which was open someone called out, "Hey, you want a ride?" they jumped on the truck, which went about 10 feet when it stopped and everyone jumped to the street. One boy said, "You had a rid, Give us a nickel." There was an argument and the 15 year old put his arm around Mr. Yeterian's neck and the Bronx man said, "Let me alone, you punk." This is when the knife was driven into his chest. Esencio and the accused assailant fled on foot and the truck sped off. A 36-year-old demolition worker was killed at the fair when a 35-ton steel ring fell on him while he was helping to dismantle the porpoise show arena at the Florida Pavilion. He was identified as Slavoslub Vujich. The manager of the Florida Pavilion had a heart attack and died, and a man fell to his death from the pedestrian bridge at the main gate.