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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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    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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    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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    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.