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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!
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    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.
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    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.
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    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....
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    Considering the way people drive cars on land, we may have dodged a bullet by not getting jetpacks and flying cars.
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    It's Birds Eye Awake "frozen concentrate for orange-flavored breakfast drink."
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    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.
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    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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    Good times and bum times, I've seen them all and, Sunguar, I'm still here.....since September 10, 2000!
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    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.
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    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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    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.
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    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.
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    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
  15. 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
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    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.
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    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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    The Tower of the Four Winds, May 1964
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    Another restored large-format slide.
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    That's an amazing shot. The Austria pavilion really stands out in the distance. My mother loved that building. She was Austrian. I remember, on our last night at the Fair, we exited the Churchill Pavilion and slowly walked toward Gotham Plaza and then the trains. I remember playing with the turnstile and turning it several extra times. If I close my eyes, I can still see the night time colors of the Fair and the Unisphere glowing in the distance. I was so sorry to leave and knew I'd never see anything quite like that place ever again. World of Food. It sounds like a supermarket chain.
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    Just restored from a vintage print.
  27. 1 point
    Wow, very crude facilities. Which bush is for the men, and which one for the women?
  28. 1 point
    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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    Courtesy of the Library of Congress: https://www.loc.gov/item/mp76000116/
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    Wasn't born until a more than a decade after the gates closed - I find it a unique spot of optimism in a time when it seemed like the world was going downhill. Also it's interesting to see the origins of much of today's communication and computing technology. I did go to EPCOT Center when it was fairly new (1984) and I'd imagine it had a similar effect on me as the NYWF did for kids then. Sadly, that version of EPCOT is mostly gone too. Ironically, much of my interest in the NYWF came from seeing the Carousel of Progress that still runs at Disney World.
  32. 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
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    Craig, I'm pleased to say that I made an important contribution to the Fair attendance figures. My 30 visits constituted a whopping 0.0000581 percent of the total! That's an impressive 581 10-millionths of a percent. (Funny the news media failed to notice.)
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    June 1964. Doesn't the driver look just thrilled?
  36. 1 point
    We posted some articles last week about President Cleveland's visit to the 1893 World's Fair, to commemorate the anniversary of his birth (March 18, 1837): http://worldsfairchicago1893.com/tag/grover-cleveland/ We'll be posting much more about his visit for Opening Day of the Fair in the days leading up to May 1 (the 125th Anniversary). Despite his recent cancer diagnosis in March of 1893 (thanks for that information, Jim!), Mr. Cleveland continued to smoke cigars in May 1893. The enormous crowds on the fairgrounds for the opening ceremony showered Grover Cleveland with respect and continuous cheers. “The dignity which becomes a great office was manifest in President Cleveland’s bearing," wrote the Tribune. "… he stood out in all the majesty of power which is of the people, comes from the people, and returns to the people.”
  37. 1 point
    Here are a few vintage views of the Mississippi Centennial Exposition which was to be held in Gulfport, Mississippi in 1917. The exposition was postponed until 1919 when the US became involved in WWI and the grounds and completed buildings transferred to the US Navy for use as a Naval Training Camp. Eventually the exposition was cancelled and the site later became the Gulfport U.S. Veterans' Hospital. The site has been renamed Centennial Park and is currently being redeveloped into a multi-purpose facility consisting of residential and commercial spaces.
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    I was in Washington, DC to visit a friend in 2001, but by then the Centennial Exhibition exhibit had already been removed from the Arts and Industries Building, so I was a bit disappointed....I wish I had been able to see it. I do have the exhibition catalog, produced in 1976 when the exhibit first opened. The Centennial Photographic Company was granted exclusive rights to produce all photographic images of both the 1876 Centennial Exhibition and the 1884-1885 New Orleans exposition. Edward L. Wilson, who founded the company in 1875, also edited and published the "Philadelphia Photographer", the late 19th century's leading photographic magazine.
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    I was in the park last week and caught a flight over the Rocket Thrower thinking about doing a bit more filming the next time I go with the girlfriend.
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    What is really quite remarkable is that this pavilion came to fruition only 19 years after the devastating end of WW2.
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    I remember a Kodak advertisement stating that the Fair would be the most photographed event of all time. I wonder if that was the case by the time it closed in 1965. And not only would Kodak be unable to build a pavilion like the one in NY, there would be little reason to do so because, today, they are out of the photography business and concentrating on printers and print products. They sold the Kodak camera brand to another company. Currently, there is hope for Kodak in Rochester. Renovation work on the downtown iconic Kodak Tower is taking place.
  42. 1 point
    If that pavillion was active today...I'd imagine each of the humongous photos mounted on the buildings would be screens - there'd be a way to upload your "fair photos" to them (pre-secreened by employees first, of course). Maybe one would scroll live tweets about the fair as well as other social media postings to attract constant attention to the pavillion. The camera should would be an accesory shop full of fair branded holsters, memory cards,ear buds, power ports and other phone-camera related items.
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    The end of a fine relationship ... two trash cans who are no longer talking to each other. :D
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    They probably don't exist--reports like that, I mean. I was sort of wondering aloud, I think. I do know that I was 12 years old and while waiting for the subway one night while we leaving, I pulled a turnsile at least one extra time. Single handedly, I screwed up the attendance figures.
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    Yeah, Randy, I'll give you the flack on that one. You missed the mark. Yes, the service clubs in America are facing hard times with declining membership, but not in the good work they do every day. The world has changed in that there are way more things tugging at peoples time. Dads are spending more evenings at home with the family rather than socializing with the guys at the club. Younger generations see those established organizations as stodgy "drinking clubs"... the club your dad or grandfather was in. But they are WAY more than that.... and the drinking has all but disappeared, except maybe, at the ones that own their own buildings and operate barrooms for their members. I don't think I've ever seen that scenario with a Rotary, Kiwanis, Exchange or Lions club. I'm 59. I joined the Salem, NH Exchange Club when I was 21. When I joined 38 years ago, they met in the bar at 11:15 AM, then moved into the dining room at noon for the weekly luncheon meeting... then some would even go back to the bar AFTER the meeting! However, from that organization of local business people (all men at the time) came hundreds of thousands of dollars raised through various fundraising efforts like charity Christmas tree sales, bingo, casino nights, bake sales, charity road blocks, kangaroo courts and a slew of other staples of small town American life. Those projects took an incredible amount of volunteer time, and the members who did it should be commended. Many projects involved the whole family and that provided good, healthy family and social time. Today, the members (men and women) arrive, harried from fighting the traffic to get to the restaurant... unwind with a glass of water or a diet soda, and have a few laughs with their friends. At 12;10, a pledge to the flag, someone does a short invocation then we order lunch and have our meeting and committee reports. Lunch is over and everybody's heading back out into the business fray by 1:00. Not the 2-hour, 3-cocktail meeting of 40 years past. The Boys & Girls club in Salem was started, and almost exclusively funded for decades, by the Salem Kiwanis Club and their weekly bingo. Big Brothers Big Sisters here in Salem was funded completely by my Salem Exchange Club until they got on their feet and were able to get United Way dollars.. that list goes on and on. I can cite a zillion other things, from funding exchange students, funding food pantries and homeless shelters, to sending the local high school band to march in presidential inaugural parades, to replacing the furnace in an old woman's house.... because she couldn't afford it. Right there in Downey CA, you have an Exchange Club "Parent Support Center" (with a branch in Long Beach) that's funded and operated by your local Exchange Clubs.. and donations from my Salem, NH Exchange Club! Exchange Club Parent Support Center These thousands of community service clubs across the USA provide services to their communities that save the States and Feds untold dollars that they would otherwise be funding. Interestingly, at yesterday's luncheon meeting, we had two new applications for membership come into the Salem Exchange Club - and over the last year alone, the New England District of Exchange Clubs had a 110 member gain. Granted, the younger generation is hard to corral, and the whole career experience is way different than it was in the '50s and '60s... but the people who want to do a little good, give a little of their time and have a little fun while doing it are still out there. The trick is to identify them and pluck them out of the apathetic mire that is growing in our country. We have a twenty-something girl that is treasurer of our organization. Her mom is involved with the VFW auxiliary and therefor, the girl was brought up in a household that was oriented to doing for others. The girl's boss is a member and he brought her into the club. Salem, NH Exchange Club The largest Exchange Club is in Naperville Illinois. That community would not be the same vibrant community without that service club's contribution to the fabric of their society. The same goes for all of the organizations you mentioned. Naperville Exchange Club Several people on this forum have donated time and money to help paint the NYS pavilion, and others have donated time to help preserve the Texaco map. Isn't that the exact same community service spirit that goes on every day in those clubs across America? It was the World's Fair Community "club" that made that happen. (Talk about funny hats!) :D I absolutely intended to apply NO scolding tone in this post, Randy. I hope it doesn't read that way. I just wanted to defend the millions of people who have donated untold hours and dollars to better their communities. Doug
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    I received my flag as a gift from a student in 1978. I was teaching at a boarding school and one evening I stopped by this student's room to see how he was doing and when I walked in, one wall was covered with that massive flag. I was amazed. I asked him if he was aware of its origins and significance and he said he thought it had something to do with the United Nations. I told him what it was and told him of my visit to the Fair nearly fifteen years earlier. I returned and visited the flag (and the kid, of course) a number of times during that school year. Tragically, this boy's brother died during the course of the year and I had taught him in and English class and thought a great deal of him. I spent some important time with the older brother and I suppose one could say we helped each other through some of the grieving process. The older brother, the one with the flag, graduated that year and on graduation day, he presented me with that flag. He told me he believed it would always mean more to me that to him. I have never forgotten that kind gesture and I often think of those two brothers. So, in many ways, it is far more than just a NYWF flag to me. I should add that the boy told me that he and his friend (also a student at the school) had found this flag along with what he then realized were NYWF artifacts in a barn belonging to his friend's grandfather. The name of that grandfather was Grover Whalen. Absolutely true story.
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    You had to have seen what Peter had stashed away to believe it. There was so much stuff that it lterally filled barns and storage sheds so high that the only way in was to climb to the top with a ladder and wriggle in. The problem with that much stuff, though, is how could you ever find or enjoy any of it?
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    I was 11 years old for that parade in 63....I remember the above discribed floats....It was a very cold and dark grey day..I recall that it was only fitting that the weather was a reflection of the mood of those who were there and the nation overall......It snowed heavy the day of Christmas, and it just seemed to help make things seem a bit better.....I very seldom think of those days, selectively locked away.......Then the Beatles arrived and lifted the spirits and hopes of us all......
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    Hey Myron thanks for your memories, I remember my mother telling me they were going to go that first day but were annoyed people had to ruin what was one of the biggest things to happen to New York in it's history. Where is the fun???? Where are the Freedomlands, The Coney Islands and the Rockaway Playlands of today. Not that they were on a par with the fair but they represented a more innocent time. I have these home movies of my brother and I at Coney Island on an Easter Sunday in the mid 60's. My grandmother was making dinner at 4pm so my father took us for a few rides. What is so unreal is everyone is there in their Sunday best, dresses, ties, suits, bee hive hairdos. Wow it's so of another time.