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  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 2 points
    When I was a teenager, back in the 1980s (gasp!), I met a hand full of folks that worked at the Great Lakes Exposition including a lovely lady who was a swimmer in the Aquacade. She said it was quite awful swimming in the lake, particularly towards the end of the expo. It got to the point where they coated themself with a Vaseline type substance to ward off the cold.
  6. 2 points
    That water looks to be brutally cold. Buster Crabbe replaced Johnny Weissmuller in NY in 1939 and Gertrude Ederle joined the swimmers in 1939. As a total aside, TCM ran the film Sunday In New York a few weeks ago. Filmed on location in NYC in 1963, it stars Jane Fonda, Rod Taylor and Cliff Robertson. Simply because of the date the movie was created, I wondered if I might spot something, anything, that would make reference to the upcoming 1964 NYWF. And I did find something. On Fifth Avenue in front of the mezzanine one leading to the ice rink at Rockefeller Center, a NYC metro bus stops to either take on or discharge Fonda and Taylor. There, on the front of the bus is an advertisement for The 1964 New York World's Fair. I had been watching the, advertising cards inside of the various bus scenes but could not spot a Fair reference and then I spotted the advertising card on the front of the bus. It's a small find, I realize, but it made my day.
  7. 2 points
    I found a nice surprise at the front door today - the first copies of my newest book! It's always a thrill to finally hold the final product in your hands after months of work. Street date is December 10.
  8. 2 points
    Welcome back, Glen. You're one of many friends I've made here-- and I'm very grateful for that. I will say one thing about the Facebook groups I'm a part of that are devoted to various Fairs and Expos-- I often find them frustratingly full of incorrect information. I think that's one of the things that first drew me to this website many moons ago. The members here don't just share a common interest in World's Fairs-- many of them have an extremely impressive level of knowledge about their history, planning, construction, exhibits, social impact, demolition, and legacies. In fact, it's hard to name a major World's Fair or Expo that you can't do some kind of deep dive research here on the WFC thanks to the thousands of posts and photos our members have made. Even after the numerous board crashes that unfortunately deleted links and pictures in the past (which may have been a contributing factor in forcing some of its early members to exit)-- in my opinion, this website still remains a preeminent source of factual information on the World's Fairs and Expos of yesterday and today.
  9. 2 points
    I found all the passports for our whole family in my vault.I was so relentless with getting mine stamped they had to issue my passport 2 times.... Every page jam packed. The UK stamp was unique on the queen birthday June 10th , 1967. That day only the stamp was issued with real gold . I know as I had it tested and they used gold laden ink..To this day it still shines bright inside my passport.
  10. 2 points
    Considering the way people drive cars on land, we may have dodged a bullet by not getting jetpacks and flying cars.
  11. 2 points
    It's Birds Eye Awake "frozen concentrate for orange-flavored breakfast drink."
  12. 2 points
    Good times and bum times, I've seen them all and, Sunguar, I'm still here.....since September 10, 2000!
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 2 points
    Another celebrity sighting in a NYWF photo. "The blonde in this photograph is civil rights pioneer Edie Windsor. I just got an email back from one of her friends confirming it. Edie was an IBM executive. Edie was at the fair a lot. The woman feeding the giraffe is her wife Thea." Google turns some interesting stories about both women.
  16. 2 points
    Alan Abel, a resident of Connecticut and a life long "professional hoaxer," died on Friday. I mention this under general discussion because, in 1964, he and his wife, Jeanne , co-authored a book, The President I Almost Was, supposedly written by Mrs. Yetta Bronstein who ran an independent presidential campaign that year. Yetta formed her own political party (The Best Party) and used the slogan, "Vote For Yetta And Things Will Get Betta." They even handed out campaign materials in front of the White House and many, including members of the press, believed the campaign was real. Mr. Abel, in 1959, also created a bogus campaign known as SINA (Society for Indecency to Naked Animals) and, in 1963, demanded that Mrs. Kennedy, then First Lady, clothe her naked horses especially when riding in the Virginia countryside. Many news organizations, including the NY Times covered his 1963 protest outside of the White House. He proposed clothing any animal that stood taller than four inches and longer than six inches and the press fell for it. I mention all of this because Mr. Abel's hilarious and fictitious account of the 1964 presidential campaign has a chapter devoted to Yetta's campaign swing through the 1964 NY World's Fair. She focuses on her aching feet, the crowds and fair food. Not much is said about the issues of the day because, of course, the whole thing was a hoax. Mr. Abel also has the unique distinction of tricking the NY Times into writing an obituary for him in 1980. Mr. Abel got his family and friends in on the hoax and he went into hiding for several weeks and the Times reported his death of a heart attack with the headline: Alan Abel, Satirist Created Campaign To Clothe Animals. This time, following his death on Friday of this week, the Times did full research to be certain Mr. Abel was, indeed, dead. The Times notes that Mr. Abel "apparently did die" at his Connecticut home on Friday. That bogus obituary, written in full faith in 1980, prompted the Times to print the only retraction for such a fake obituary in its long history. Today's accurate obit calls Mr. Abel "an American original" much like P.T. Barnum. In a crazy world that seems to become nuttier each day, Mr. Abel was a remarkable character who brought humor and joy. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/17/obituaries/alan-abel-dies.html
  17. 2 points
    A little detective work produced this: On January 21, 2014 Bill Cotter posted: "Someone has finally found one of the Hertz strollers used at the Fair. It will be on "American Pickers" on the History Channel at 9 PM ET on January 22. I'm looking forward to seeing it. It's been tough sitting on the news until the show was ready to air." So that would be episode 3, Season 11. (Vermont, New York) Now to find it. (It's available on the History Channel website---stroller starts at 7:11) Gee, I would have bought it for $40.00
  18. 2 points
    An interesting find about the proposed 1996 Budapest World's Fair. The site was to have been divided between the Buda side of the Danube River and Margitsziget (Margaret's Island). Initial plans called for a joint exhibition in Vienna and Budapest in 1995. When Vienna lost interest, it was rescheduled for 1996 to celebrate the 1,100th anniversary of the founding of the Hungarian state. Sadly, it was never held.
  19. 2 points
    NYWF was probably the first place I saw moving walkways. A moving INCLINE must’ve been a real treat for my young self! Like kids having more fun w the boxes Christmas presents come in, some of the most fascinating aspects of NYWF were not the featured exhibits and displays, but the buildings they came in and the logistics and conveyances surrounding them.
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  22. 2 points
    The Tower of the Four Winds, May 1964
  23. 2 points
    Another restored large-format slide.
  24. 1 point
    Bruce, your answer is not likely as you'll see in the following reasoning. A) There are four scenes, each spaced about twenty years apart. 1) What time is it? Just before the turn of the century." (About 1899?) 2) Twenty years later. (Early 1920's) 3) "It's the frantic forties". (About 1940) 4) Christmas season, mid sixties. (About 1965) In (1) the suction vacuum cleaner operates on "one boy power". The "boy" must be a family member (otherwise child labor laws would have been violated). The mom (Sarah) and the dad (narrator) must be in their early thirties to have a son able to operate the vacuum (maybe age ten). Jane, the daughter, is getting ready to go on a trolley ride (hayrides are old fashioned). Jane must be at least fourteen years of age to be allowed to go on a trolley ride with her friends. So far, we can count on there being two children. 2) In scene #2, Jane, coming home from a date, lingering... Mother says "Jane, it's after 9:30". "Yes, mother", says Jane. By adding 20 years to Janes' age, she is about 34 at this point and still dating. The mom and dad must be in their early fifties. 3) "It's the frantic forties and the kids are back at school". Mom and dad must be around 70 at this point. Daughter Jane is on an electric excercise machine talking on the phone about going to a dance with Wilfred. She must be about 54 years old and still going to "dances". In the meantime, grandma and grandpa have advanced to around 95 years of age. 4) It's now Christmas season (in the mid sixties). Mom and dad must now be in their mid nineties. Mom says, "The children are at the airport to meet grandma and grandpa" who are now about 124 years old. Grandpa still plays golf and his score is in the eighties. The "children" can't possibly be the same as those in the first scene, since they are in their seventiesand are not children any more. We must conclude that the children that went to the airport were adopted twelve years prior and are still in their teens. So the answer I get is four, two natural born and two adopted. They also owned at least four dogs in sixty five years, all of whom growled at visitors. [This message has been edited by Ray in Pasadena (edited 10-18-2000).]
  25. 1 point
    I love the light! Start selling them and I'll buy one! Or more. I went to the event at the Stewart Museum and enjoyed it. Do you know Roger La Roche? He's a member here and on the Facebook group. He worked very hard on that and a number of other exhibits. He even convinced a museum to host me for a book signing! We were in Montreal for a few days then and enjoyed it, as always, and were able to spend some time walking the old Expo site. We're hoping to get back that way this Fall. Can I pick up my light then?
  26. 1 point
    I can't believe it. But also, I was wrong. And it almost brought me to tears today. My Dad died a little over two years ago, and as I was cleaning the house out last year, I found two videotapes in a Ziploc bag with our last name on it, but not in his handwriting. I paid little attention, as my Dad would just about videotape every thing, time shifting his VCR to watch late night stuff in the morning. I didn't have a VCR player but went over to a friend's house to get an idea of what was on them. A few minutes of watching gave me the idea, this was old photos and old 8mm film transferred to VHS containing my high school graduation, flying off to college, getting married, etc., that others had taken for him. I put them away for a while, and after seeing them again on the shelf in my closet, and some procrastination, I dropped the tapes off to get them transferred to DVD in May of this year. Calling the vendor several times to ask about my order (where was it?), and having finally recovered the DVD and tapes which were nearly lost in the mail, I received them today. I'd figure I'd give them a look, to how good or bad the transfer was. I suppose it is as best as one could hope. The first part is still photographs transferred to DVD, the second part is 8mm film transfer to DVD. The film transfer was grainy, somewhat washed out with hairs aplenty. In the second part I saw some unusual night scenes, very quick and blurred, and what looked like a quick sequence inside Ford's Magic skyway tunnel. No way, it must have been a tv shot of "Time Tunnel" or something. I've been looking at so many images of the '64-'65 fair lately on this site, it must be affecting the way I'm seeing things. Next up were scenes of the Quabbin Reservoir during the great northeastern drought of the mid-sixties. It seems whoever put together this 8mm compilation must have tossed the films up in the air and re-assembled them in what ever order they fell to the ground. And then some daylight images---------- Then the blurriness became clear. No way. It was movies from the World's Fair and there I was in all my 8mm glory with Mom and my sister. Another shot, and it's my Dad, Mom, and sister walking away, then turning around to face the camera, with my Dad carrying the camera case. It's me taking the pictures in this case. So I was wrong about the mystery of my Dad not taking any pictures. Instead of a "now move over here in front of this building, while I take this shot", he was more of pick up the camera and shoot type of guy. I have hardly any memories of the Lake Amusement area, and in fact thought I might have missed it, but there is aerial footage taken from the Monorail. There is footage of me and my sis jumping around at night (in shadow) in front of the Unisphere, and in front of the Illinois Pavilion during the day. But the strangest thing of all, all four of us were wearing sunglasses. In most of the photos I've seen posted here, it seems hardly anyone is wearing sunglasses. I never knew my Dad was carrying an 8mm movie camera (or historical recording device) that day. And I can't believe what I saw today. Thanks, Pops. (I guess I'll have a shot for you tonight)
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  28. 1 point
    Thanks for posting. Can you provide the aroma?
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  30. 1 point
    I've been working over the past year or so to standardize the "look and feel" of nywf64.com ... Every page has a navigation banner near the top with topics that have drop-down menus behind them directing you to the various features found on the website (for example: "Attractions", "Maps", "Artifacts", etc.) Each page now has a secondary banner giving a brief description of what you are looking at (for example: "1964 & 1965 Official Guidebook & Souvenir Map Entries") The secondary banner is headed by a Table of Contents button. Clock-on the Table of Contents button to get a drop-down menu of the various pages that can be found within that topic (see below). For Attractions (such as IBM, Eastman Kodak, Republic of China, etc.) the first few pages have been standardized whenever possible. The first page will always contain the 1964 & 1965 Guidebook entries along with a link to a map showing you the location of the attraction. The next page contains the page from the World's Fair Information Manual for the exhibit or attraction (presented courtesy of the Gary Holmes collection). The World's Fair Information Manual was the book that the guides in the information booths used to reference for visitors what was contained in each attraction. The next page features Postcards issued for that exhibit. The following page features any advertisements that were done for the exhibit and the page following that is a gallery of photographs and miscellaneous items. Pages that follow those contain brochures, magazine articles, booklets, etc. in no particular order. The website is always a "work in progress" so certainly not every artifact from the fair is online. Maybe someday... There's a lot of stuff at nywf64.com and because of that it's not always easy to find things there. One always has to second-guess how the visitor navigates the site. If you have any questions about site navigation or comments about the material or errors that you find, please contact me and let me know. The Search Feature is not working at this time. I hopefully will be able to get that back up and running sooner than later. As always, thanks for your interest in my website. I hope you find it entertaining and educational. Best, Bill Young -- Host, nywf64.com
  31. 1 point
    That last night must have been sad, but at least they were able to see most of it again the next year as "Man and His World."
  32. 1 point
    I missed this story the first time, Doug. This is really quite wonderful. One thing I noticed is that the postage stamp is upside down. Back in the day (I use this line because it helps to emphasize my increasing senility), an upside down postage stamp meant the sender was offering his or her love to the recipient. More likely, a secretary wasn't wearing glasses and incorrectly affixed the stamp to the envelope. However, even after fifty-five years, ya gotta wonder.
  33. 1 point
    Is there a topic on the board of audio recordings of attractions/music/walking around at the Fair? Digitized tapes of the fair might also be the kind of thing archive.org might be interested in hosting
  34. 1 point
    Really interesting what little time capsules we discover frequently in pouring through high resolution digital scans of World's Fair photographs from 53 years ago. This is evidence that those manning the master display controller board in the Administrative Building did not try to sanitize the news of the day to make the park a totally controlled "happy news" environment, as Disney is famous for. There was a philosophy that the world visiting the Fair should be educated that America is constantly morphing and evolving, and is self-confident enough to make the warts transparent along with the shining stars.
  35. 1 point
    I hate the tendency to age footage to make it look old. Once I see it it's next to impossible to take the rest of the show seriously.
  36. 1 point
    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.
  37. 1 point
    I was only 8 when I went to the World's Fair, but I can remember standing in front of the Equitable population counter, and wonder if I fell over dead right then, if the count would go down by one. I thought maybe they had electronic feeds from every hospital in the country, keeping up with every birth and death accurately. :D
  38. 1 point
    HOLY COW BATMAN! A REVELATION!!!! It appears that August '64 photo was actually shot earlier. This June '64 photo explains EVERYTHING. What I had thought are portable street barriers, are actually pre-fabricated pieces of the facade for the building, to cover up the 1939 "circles" motif. I had always assumed they just painted on the gold trim color. But this shows they didn't- they just hung these pre-fab gold-colored panels over the edges. By late summer, the roof is free of all those panels standing around, and the roof trim is complete. I noticed the timing of those two events, first as a coincidence- the "barriers" disappeared about the same time the roof "painting" was complete, and suddenly it hit my brain like a sledge hammer. Those "barriers" ARE the roof trim- the color matches! Then I found this June '64 photo, which proves it.
  39. 1 point
    Nuns in 3-D! Is this a great country, or what?!
  40. 1 point
    Really! The more I read from architecture critics, the less I respect them. I suppose such rhetoric is necessary to help them keep their jobs.
  41. 1 point
    You don't have the Robert Moses action figure? I thought everybody had one of those. I can't be the only one. ....... (just kidding )
  42. 1 point
    You don't know me, Hoodlock. I'm almost exclusively a glass is half-full kinda guy. The image of Ray happily buzzing beneath the Tent on his Segway is almost enough to keep me optimistic about the future of the human race altogether, not to mention the New York State Pavilion-- and I genuinely hope I'm wrong about the structure's impending demise. But as someone fond of citing facts and statistics-- I think even you would be hard pressed to come up with any real evidence of Parks intention to save the NYSP. And frankly, even if you could, there's an overwhelmingly large pile of molding, rusting, cracked, and deteriorating concrete and steel sitting over in FMCP that screams otherwise. Do I think it's in any imminent danger of collapsing and sinking into the former ash dump as others have frighteningly predicted? No. The sky is not falling... the ground is perfectly firm beneath its aching feet. And just to be clear... the last thing I want to see in the World of Tomorrow is the NYSP crashing down. But my reaction is less about thunderous rhetoric and more about the appalling silence which surrounds the Tent and Towers. It's been going on for 43 years... and will continue until somebody at Parks is finally "brave" enough to decide it's time to pull another Aquacade and bring it down as swiftly as possible in the name of "public safety." Plus I stood there and looked at it for a good long time yesterday. And you gotta understand... I'm a romantic. I really and truly am. But it's a mess. It really and truly is. If I'm right... and backroom dealings finally bring it down... I'll take absolutely no pleasure and be right there with PTU waving an angry fist at all those in power whose collective neglect and lack of creative foresight are directly responsible. But if I'm wrong... I promise to buy each and every one of you breakfast before we watch Ray do wheelies on the Terazzo. And I'll make absolutely sure those eggs are sunny-side up!
  43. 1 point
    Imagine trying this today? Demolition derby for sure, and lawsuits to follow. Great shot!
  44. 1 point
    Bill, that is really true. In all of these random photographs from the Fair, I don't believe I have seen images of truly large people as we see so often today. I also think the idea of "supersizing" has caused enormous problems (no pun intended) as regards health in this nation today.
  45. 1 point
    I suspect the Garden of Meditation is where Moses (Robert) meditated on why he didn't have a pavilion to put on that spot. <grin>
  46. 1 point
    My grandparents bought this brand spanking new tract 'waterfront' house in Florida in 1962. Notice that even the inside of the kitchen cupboards are aqua blue to match the built in appliances and sink! And grandma had matching blue salt & pepper shakers, canisters, and dishrack. That's my mom in the black shorts in this 1967 photo, and my aunt is on the left. Grandma is doing something behind my mom. Mom is the only survivor of these gals today, and she'll be 70 next month. I inherited grandma's chrome toaster that you can see in this photo. I'm surprised she didn't have grandpa spray paint it aqua blue to match!!! Also notice that the built in stove hood is BROWN- that looks odd doesn't it?
  47. 1 point
    Has anybody else noticed the lack of fat people at the Fair? I first noticed that all the kids were thin when Randy posted the Sinclair Traveling Dino Show. Since then I can't help but notice the amazing comparison between ANY photo of a crowd today vs. any crowd at the Fair in 1964 or '65. If you look at the kids on a field trip today, a third of them will be overweight. Almost none of them have been overweight in the Fair photos. Just an observation from a life-long fat guy. (since 3rd grade, anyway)
  48. 1 point
    <!--coloro:blue--><span style="color:blue"><!--/coloro-->When I was a child (that would be when the earth had only one continent, Jess) Castle Films held a great fascination for me. I'd run to the film dept of our local Zayers store (long gone, like my one celled neighbors in the primordial ooze) and flip through the cellophane wrapped boxes of Castle Films. There were Castle Films of everything, (or so it seamed to me.) My favorites were the films of the Apollo missions, and serials/chapter plays. I purchased my first World fair Castle film last winter and although I have not watched the film: I still feel some form of excitement as I hold the item. The fair moves within those small frames of color! It remains captured, alive, in the films substance. To paraphrase the oft vilified Martha Stewart: Castle Films, It's a good thing.<!--colorc--></span><!--/colorc-->
  49. 1 point
    Why do people set an opening bid price on eBay, allow multiple bidders to drive it up to almost NINE times the opening bid, but still not sell because it doesn't meet the reserve price? http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...3&category=4169 I wasn't one of the bidders on this one- I just think setting an opening bid of $19.99 and still not selling when the bids top out at $176.50 is kind of outrageous! If the seller has a reserve of $200, the starting bid should be at least $150, but that's just my opinion. Otherwise, it's wasting a lot of people's time. I'm curious as to what PTUer's think. If you have a reserve price, what's a reasonable percentage of that to set the 'starting bid' ? 50% ? 75%? There are some people who think that to be completely above board, if there is a reserve price, the starting bid should always be equal to it. Since a bidder cannot bid lower than the starting bid, that would mean essentially that there would not really be such a thing as a "reserve" bid. What do you guys think? Why are 'reserve' price levels a secret? I understand the psychological strategy angle- but it doesn't make sense if you keep raising your bid a zillion times and still never hit the 'magic reserve' point- it just kool aides people off. [don't take this as singling out Joyce- who after all has book sales to think of - this seems to be more and more common on eBay from many sellers.] Randy
  50. 1 point
    I,too, am grateful for this site. It is always the first place I visit when I hit the internet. It is creative, intelligent, enjoyable and scholarly. I feel fortunate to be a member of this community. Many thanks to Bill.
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