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Irv Gleaner

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  1. Night and the Bell System - a great combination

    The scene is so much better without those clunky homemade worlds fair lights. I always thought the multi-colored cubes should have never been installed in the first place. Notice how the sleek vertical lamps in this photo nicely tie in with the modernistic design of the pavilion.
  2. 1965 Reopening Day parade

    By the looks of the visitors and the way they were dressed, i'll bet it was quite a chilly day. Not the type of weather I would go outside in a bathing suit though.
  3. Great post, Craig. But with all these regulations and stipulations, did this really occur, or did someone pay others off to look the other way and take shortcuts? As we know, money at the end of the fair was tight and it seemed no one was inclined to spend any more than the absolute minimum. They just wanted the job to be finished as quickly as possible for the least cost. One question I have regarding your post. You stated that the floor of the cellar be broken up provided it was more than 4 feet BELOW finished grade. Did you mean to say breakup was only required it it was within 4 feet of grade, not at 4 feet or more in depth? Below 4 feet, what difference would it have made if footings and foundations were left intact? As an example of foundations being abandoned below grade, look at how the submerged footings for the monorail towers have poked upwards as the ground subsided in the lake area.
  4. Happy Birthday, Mr. Moses

    Speedwell - What do you mean - he IS smiling in the top 2 pictures! That's as good as it ever gets from him.
  5. Randy, I remember discussions here years ago where we were made aware of the basement and your photo is most interesting. But, the big question remains - is the basement still there and filled with the pavilion's demolition debris? Our members once questioned the idea that the basement had this dual purpose of both accommodating a portion of the ride and acting as an easy place the bury the pavilion's remains at the end of the fair, thus saving the cost of hauling material off site. As the fair demotion clause only required removal of pavilions to a relatively shallow depth, and GM's basement was far deeper, could it have survived as a debris vault? What's the true answer here? There had to be a good reason why GM chose to build this basement, since it would have been far cheaper to utilize above ground construction as all the others did, with the exception of the Underground Home of course.
  6. Tom, Tell us about the legend of the mystery basement in the GM building. Did it really exist, what was it used for and if so, was it built for the purpose of providing a place for demolition rubble to be buried, rather than haul it off site. It's interesting to think that a large portion of the pavilion may still be there just below ground. This is an idea many on this board have discussed in years past. Do you have any construction or demolition photos with evidence of this building's design?
  7. Those vertical luminaries certainly look better than the all too prevalent colored cube lamps. which kind of had a homemade quality about them.
  8. She must be a time traveler - she's wearing pants! Notice all the litter on the ground, typical of smokers.
  9. I wonder if anyone ever spent a night here

    I couldn't think of a worst fire hazard than living in an all plastic house!
  10. Expo 67 - Boy Was It Ever Crowded

    As Jim mentioned, Labyrinth, the Bell Canada 360 degree theater and Kaleidoscope rivaled anything the US corporations offered even if one had to stand or walk through. Unfortunately, I didn't get to see any of these attractions as the lines were way too long. This fair was really crowded! I still preferred the ride-through exhibits at New York, both for their technology and their ability to move crowds. Dark ride attractions were a relatively new concept, especially if you had never been to a Disney type park up to that time. The idea of just sitting down in an air conditioned environment and gliding through a building with stereo narration, even for just a few minutes, was a welcome treat after standing in long lines in the summer heat.
  11. Expo 67 - Boy Was It Ever Crowded

    After visiting the NY Fair just 2 years before, I was quite anxious and excited to travel to another world's fair within driving distance of my home in Philadelphia. However, aside from the architectural beauty, gorgeous landscaping and scenic location of Expo 67, I was disappointed in the fact that they had no ride through pavilions, which were the highlight of my NY experience. Personally, I most enjoyed the big industrial buildings at NY and paid very little attention to the foreign countries. Maybe because I was only 21 years old at the time, but the technological wizardry is what did it for me. At Expo, the majority of the exhibitors were foreign nations, which although interesting, were no more than walk through small museum style exhibits highlighting their country's attributes. Sure Expo was big, beautiful and well presented. It just didn't have the jaw dropping technical flair that was so evident in New York.
  12. These photos are not the greatest quality, but they have some nice overall shots of the Expo. What strikes me are the crowds in every photograph. What did Expo do that NY didn't to draw in these record numbers of people? Two of the photos are of me at the time when I was 21 years old. I included them here as the backgrounds are still interesting.
  13. The Unisphere Looking Pretty Sad in 1989

    These shots were taken with an inexpensive point and shoot 35mm camera and then the old faded prints were scanned into my computer years later. I believe the yellow tinge is just from age. Still, you can see obvious dirt streaks on the continents since the sphere obviously hadn't been cleaned in a long time.
  14. Here's a couple of shots I 'd like to share of the NY State Pavilion on a desolate winter afternoon nearly 10 years ago.
  15. Nearly 30 years ago, the Unisphere looked corroded, dirty and forlorn in these views. It certainly appears to be in much better shape today. I am also including a distant view of the NY State Pavilion.
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