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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
    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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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....
  9. 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.”
  10. 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.
  11. 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!
  12. 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.
  13. 3 points
    Even in black-and-white the Fair looked spectacular at night.
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  15. 3 points
    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.
  16. 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.
  17. 3 points
    The museum has invited me to participate in a NYWF event in September. I'll post details here when they're finalized.
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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
  24. 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.
  25. 2 points
    Coming late this year, just in time for the Christmas holidays: "The 1939-1940 New York World’s Fair: The World of Tomorrow." Now all I need to do is write it.
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  27. 2 points
    So there have been a couple of events at the park and I kept waiting for someone to post a recap but nothing yet....so....yesterday (5-18) I took the family for a stroll around the 50th Anniversary celebration. Now - a brief disclaimer...this happened to be the day that my wife was really NOT feeling well but wanted to come to support my interest - as a result - I didn't get to do all the things we planned nor spend even a fraction of the time I hoped so my overview is somewhat limited: We arrive around 1:15pm and the parking was already so jammed in the park that we were directed to park at Citi Field and walk over the bridge/boardwalk to enter the park: Here are the pole banners that were at the entrance: They were handing out these flyers to everyone who entered the park: Here's the scene as we entered...not terribly busy but still - it's usually empty: As we walked along a path I noticed these signs leading us to the Unisphere: The closer we got - the more I realized that the fountains were on! - Check out the washed out area at the top of this photo - that's water: We got to the Unisphere and, boy, those water jets shoot really high! Just as I was lining up a photo....they shut down the fountains to a collective disappointed "Awwww" from everyone around the pool :(. I never did see them come back on. Sooo...off to the Queens museum to find a bathroom for the wife and munchkin. While there we took in the Andy Warhol "10 Most Wanted" display and visited the museums W.F. collection - now, on the second floor. The wife had never seen the Panorama and she was quite impressed - then off to the gift shop where I picked up this nifty patch: Then it was time to visit the NYSP - as we walk up I am amazed - not only by the amazing state of the re-paint but by the replaced blue globes! I am going on and on to the wife how my friends on this site have worked so hard to restore what they can, but the globes are a total surprise. Now, understand, she not only does not understand social networking but she hates that it exists and goes on to tell me that I don't really know anyone here - it's just an internet thing. Then, like on-cue, Richard Post walks up and slaps me on the back: His timing couldn't have been any more perfect - Rich took us around to the entrance and as we walked past the huge line waiting to take a tour of the Tent of Tomorrow he tells me that Mitch and Johnny are also there - both came out to say hi....Boy, was my wife apologetic for doubting our community...lol. The globes are visible in the below shot. I won't spoil the magic by telling you what they used to replicate this detail but, either way, it was spot-on for the originals: Then it was off to get some waffles. My wife and step daughter have heard me gushing about how these are supposed to be legendary and we MUST try them...then we saw the line. After 40 mins waiting...now I have a headache and am dizzy with hunger. We guessed that we still had a 1/2 hour wait ahead of us so we gave up on the waffles. There were a good many display tents and stages...THEN we saw this from AT&T: I have to say that I get to the park, probably, twice a year and it is NEVER this packed - it was just great to see so many people come to enjoy the park on such an occasion: We had hoped to ride the carousel and check out a few more exhibits and some music but my hunger and my wife's general bad health got the best of us and we headed back to the car ....BUT...on the way past the Unisphere...what to do we see? Straight from the set in Canada: It was a great day, though, I know, it still could've been so much better. I hope you have enjoyed my little tour. Hopefully the terrific public reaction to this and the event held on Aprill 22nd will be the catalyst to some real revitalization of the NYSP
  28. 2 points
  29. 2 points
    Just restored from a vintage print.
  30. 2 points
    There was no such thing as heating or cooling above ground. Obviously, below in the dressing rooms, PR lounge, and so forth, we were comfortable. I was devastated when of the fire. When I returned to Montreal, I was staying in Sherbrooke at a mandolin convention, and in the morning, I opened the curtains...and was shocked when I saw the dome in tact. I was sure I would see nothing. What a pleasant surprise when I took the first metro to the dome and found it as I remember it sans exhibits. It did feel completely different. I went up the stairs or took the elevator as I recall. Standing on the lunar platform was weird! That was off-limits whereas all the other exhibits were open to us and I would always go to the Hollywood floor and play on a golden, very out of tune piano. I usually played something from the era. 1920s style. It was so rinky-dink but I played everything I could remember and would spend an evening, after visitors and guides were gone. It was OK with security. My best memories were just meeting people while they cued in line--from all over the world. Chatting them up! keeping them happy with 3-4 hours waiting to get it. We were the most popular pavilion by far! We never had a short line except 20 minutes before we would close. As to what I recall the most, well, every day there was some dignitary, president of some African country, or the Shah of Iran and his wife, movie stars every day. I'd have to look at my autograph book but celebs would come in all the time. Certainly, being 2 ft. from Pres Johnson at the height of his popularity before the end of 67 changed everything. Lady Bird was like a human parrot in her emerald green coat and hawkish nose! Cary Grant came and denied ever saying "Judy, Judy, Judy!" He was lots of fun. Of course, I consider meeting Ralph Bunche and being his guide as one of the most cherished memories I still carry. (see above) The special U.S. day had every jazz, blues, classical musician on one stage--all day long! The talent was unbelievable! And being a guide, I meet just about everyone there. One of the other pleasures was being able to wear my uniform, and have all the doors opened to me. I never once stood in a line to see any exhibit. I would just walk up, smile, and the reciprocity took place. It was the same for allowing guides to visit U.S. Pavilion. Guides had very, very little time to wait in line. We all worked long, long hours and would go home exhausted. At least I did. My roommates partied but weren't bad. Let's see one roommate was a daughter of the Illinois Gov., others were related to senators or someone in Congress. I found out that quite a few got their jobs because of 'their daddy.' Why, there were siblings who talked about "Lestah" (Lester)! Why Lestah' said this blah blah blah! They were talking about GA's racist governor Lester Maddox. That's how they got their jobs! They knew Lestah! ;-) Neither guide could speak French so it wasn't from qualifying for the position, rather it was who they knew. That was true for others. Well, before I get into trouble...and one of my former roommates reads what I wrote, I better stop for now! ;-)
  31. 2 points
    As a coincidence, Bill was in Montreal a few days ago and I had the pleasure of reintroducing him to the former US pavillon - he was with his wife Carol Along with a Virtual Reality tour of the Labyrinth... This is basically the view Bill had (photo 2016)
  32. 2 points
    They were very different fairs but both were wonderful. They remain my favorite two. I think Expo 67 did have some great architecture - my favorite two buildings were Air Canada and Canadian Pulp & Paper - but NY did have the massive corporate pavilions. I'm headed back to Montreal in June and am looking forward to another walk through the grounds, been a few years since our last trip. Happy Birthday to Expo 67!
  33. 2 points
    A wonderful night view of the Tower of Light and General Electric from 1964. Click on it for a larger view.
  34. 2 points
    When I worked at Cape Kennedy I had a cartoon on the wall showing two astronauts in a Gemini capsule. The countdown was going on on a loudspeaker, "10-9-8..." and one of the astronauts said "You know, it just occurred to me me that this whole thing was built by the lowest bidder." Add that to claustrophobia and it's a wonder anyone got in!
  35. 2 points
    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.
  36. 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.!
  37. 2 points
    An article on Stan Freberg's death mentioned his commercials for Chun King:
  38. 2 points
    I have the recordings and am working on a suitable permanent home.
  39. 2 points
    She was dressed a lot like this lady. The wife of an alcoholic husband who couldn't just bring home a SMALL bottle from the World's Fair, but insisted he wanted the big one. :D
  40. 2 points
    Camille and her companion, Tony Catanzaro (famous body builder, fitness model , actor, etc...) went to the Park Saturday and shot this great pose. I made the photo into this poster this morning for Johnny and Mitch to use for media promo for the 18th. The other shot is the full view of Camille on "Opening Day." (Photo by Spencer Platt) Here are three I shot with my cell phone. The darker shot is "as shot" and the other two I applied a bit of Photoshop's HDR Toning effect.
  41. 2 points
    I can just picture the ghosts of Ray, and David Oats, out there just loving it. Ray zooming around on his Segway of course. That's his flag hanging up there. Those two are sorely missed. Thank goodness we've got some great energetic folks who've stepped up now that Ray and David are gone.
  42. 2 points
    Bill Young and I are thrilled to be reuniting for our third book on the 1964-65 Fair. We're also thrilled that this one will be in color. We don't have the exact details as to price and when it will be out but I'll post them as available. I just got off the phone with the publisher and haven't come down from Cloud 9 yet! Bill
  43. 2 points
    I was just wondering around the BIE site, and noticed that Milan is ahead of its target of countries signing up in 2011, with 56 already (target of 50 by end 2011) http://www.bie-paris...milan-2015.html
  44. 2 points
    Glad you liked it. I can't recall seeing that bench before. Here's one I really enjoyed. Poland Pavilion remnants It looks so weird to see the statue, the tower and part of a building all out there in the weeds. The park sure must have been a strange and confusing looking mess at this stage. I read that Mayor LaGuardia was instrumental in the statue being left in the park after the fair closed, and that it went to Central Park in 1945. I wonder when they finally tore down the tower and building.
  45. 2 points
    Please forgive me if I am out-of-line in starting this thread and the powers that be may remove it if it is not in keeping with the tone of this site, but I just want to say I am stunned and heartbroken about the terrible news coming from Connecticut. I began my teaching career 36 years ago in New Milford, Connecticut, which is near Danbury and Newtown. I spent five years there and loved the area. I feel overwhelmed by the pain inflicted on this community, those innocent children and their grieving families and friends. And I am so proud to be a part of a profession that produced teachers and administrators as decent, caring and courageous as those who gave their lives for their children in that school on Friday. I find I cannot really think of much else right now. And I suppose I did not quite know where to turn to express my thoughts so I started this thread. It has nothing to do with fairs but fairs don't feel very important to me right now. Jim
  46. 2 points
    Additionally, steps have been taken to stop some of this, including forced time outs for some people. I do hope people will stay with us. It's tough knowing when to stop a conversation or suspend a member, as what bothers me may not bother other people, so I'm reluctant to be very heavy handed and slam doors on people, as I know the other moderators are. Plus, at times I come back to the board after a few hours away for family and work and can't believe what has gone on, so while I might take action then some damage has been done. I suggest that if a post bothers anyone they click on the "Report" button to get it to the moderator team's attention as soon as possible. Believe me, none of us like the discord more than anyone else. Thanks as ever to the many people who add so much to the forum.
  47. 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.
  48. 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!!
  49. 2 points
    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
  50. 2 points
    Man, you literally don't miss an inch of this fair, do you, Bill? Unbelievable. I love it.