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  1. History Channel

    Jim, I didn't see the program, but from your description of the house, it sounds like you were looking at Monsanto's House of the Future that was on display at Disneyland in June of 1957. Here's a link to more information: <a href="http://www.disneylandsource.com/tom/house.html" target="_blank">http://www.disneylandsource.com/tom/house.html</a>
  2. NCR

    I remember visiting the NCR pavilion on many occasions (probably because there was never a line to get in.) The two "big" draws (everything is relative) for me were the first demonstration of "carbonless" carbon copy paper (a/k/a NCR paper) and a copy of the bible printed on microfiche, viewable through a microscope.
  3. Automat

    The link was no longer active by the time I got to it, but just in case the Newsday article didn't mention it, a book about the Automat was recently published: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0609610740/qid=1039218719/sr=2-1/ref=sr_2_1/104-5394552-3771926" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/060...5394552-3771926</a> [This message has been edited by George Fogel (edited 12-06-2002).]
  4. Back again...

    Bill & Jim: Yes, Bell Canada's pavilion featured a Circlevision 360 film entitled "Canada 67" which was produced by Disney Imagineering. (http://naid.sppsr.ucla.edu/expo67/map-d ... ephone.htm) I believe (don't quote me on it) that "O Canada" at the Canada showcase at Epcot is essentially a slightly updated version of that film (at least it was when it opened back in 1982). It's quite possible that some of the original footage is still in that film. (Rumor has it that Canada wants to update its exhibit at Epcot, but that's for another website's forum at another time....) Mike: Yes, I was trying to remember Fred Stern's name. The copy of "Rendezvous in Space" (I looked up the spelling) on his tape is in its anamorphically squeezed state. I wasn't sure if the percentage of stretch that the TV applies is the same as that applied by the projector lens, but if it isn't it's very close. The proportions look right. [This message has been edited by George Fogel (edited 12-04-2002).]
  5. Back again...

    Hi folks, Most of you probably don't remember me; I posted messages on this board when it first started up, but sort of faded from view. Although I've been dropping in every now and then to see what's been going on (and have kept up with the great developments on <a href="http://www.nywf64.com)" target="_blank">www.nywf64.com)</a> I haven't had time to post. (And I know I had promised Bill an article on the Bell System pavilion that I started but never completed... Sorry Bill, but your article was better than anything I could have come up with.) I just wanted to jump in with two, totally unrelated things: 1. Someone recently mentioned in passing that the copy of "Roundevous in Space" that (darn! I forgot his name) sells copies of along with other fair-related films was squeezed since it was meant for widescreen projection. That comment made me stop and think for a minute: I have a widescreen TV that can stretch a picture horizontally (which is how 'enhanced for widescreen' films on DVD's are done). Sure enough, I started up the film last night and played with the various stretch settings: voila! a widescreen version of Roundevous in Space. (Now, if only the color and the image could be restored as easily...) 2. The National Archives of Canada has recently unveiled a web site dedicated to expo67; here's the URL: <a href="http://www.archives.ca/05/0533_e.html" target="_blank">http://www.archives.ca/05/0533_e.html</a> While not as comprehensive as some other sites on the web, it does include some sound and motion picture footage of the fair, along with some screensavers and wallpaper. The NYWF will always be "my" fair, but expo67 comes in a strong second. The web site brought back all sorts of memories for me (I spent a solid week there). I had forgotten how beautiful that fair was. Truth be told, IMHO it surpassed "our" fair in that regard. And of course, as an "official" fair with pavilions from most of the world's countries, the emphasis was on foreign nations; the corporate pavilions were secondary. It might be interesting to examine how two exhibitions, planned and built so close in time, could have turned out so differently. (Quick question: anyone know which pavilion at expo67 featured a presentation designed by Walt Disney Imagineering?) At any rate, it's great to be back.
  6. RM: The Intimidator

  7. Book of Record of the Time Capsule of Cupaloy

    Neil, I don't know if you are aware of this, but the '39 Fair has already been used as a setting for at least 3 novels: "1939: The Lost World of the Fair" by David Gelernter and "Dream of Venus Or Living Pictures" by Miles Beller, and "World's Fair" by E. L. Doctorow. I have the first (it's somewhere between a novel and documentary) and the last and only recently learned about the second (from amazon.com... their recommendations section pointed it out to me; I wonder why.) George
  8. The Zoo

    Here is the URL of the Wildlife Conservation Society, which explains the history and current status of the Queens Zoo (officially called the "Queens Wildlife Center"): <a href="http://wcs.org/home/zoos/queenswildlifecenter" target="_blank">http://wcs.org/home/zoos/queenswildlifecenter</a> [This message has been edited by George Fogel (edited 03-15-2001).]
  9. References to the Fair at Universal Studios Orlando

    Bill Young, Unfortunately, the towers are merely decorative. No bug, no spaceship. For that matter, they also do not have the two elevators parked in their anti-vandalism mode... They are also not nearly as tall as the originals. Also missing is any other part of the NYS pavilion (although the 'Tent of Tomorrow' may appear in the mural inside the attraction...I can't remember). Bill Cotter, I spent some time at Universal Hollywood last May (so it's been a Universal filled year for me) and the differences between the Hollywood and Orlando operations are fascinating. As a general rule, the theme park elements of Universal Studios are much more elaborate in Orlando (which stands to reason since it was really built as a theme park to which the words "working studio" have been added) while the Hollywood operation has the advantage of being an historic studio where many classic films were actually made. Universal Orlando is now a multi-day destination resort, with the sister theme park (Islands of Adventure) worthy of at least a one-day visit, an east coast version of CityWalk and (so far) 2 on-site themed resort hotels (a third is currently under construction and several more are being planned). While the Orlando CityWalk has a much more attractive physical setting than its Hollywood relative (it sits overlooking the waterway that connects to the resort hotels) it is much smaller, and its restaurants/clubs/stores are MUCH less diversified than the Hollywood version. (For my money, the Hard Rock Cafe, NASCAR Cafe, Motown Cafe and NBA Cafe are waaaaaaaay too similar. Wolfgang Puck is at Disney, there are no Chinese restaurants, diners, etc. To be fair there are some other restaurants/clubs but the big guns are very similar to each other.) In sum, the differences between the two Universal complexes are so significant that I would heartily urge you to plan a visit. Of course, with the Walt Disney World resort nearby, you might need to block out several weeks... (And let's not forget Sea World, Discovery Cove, and bit further away, Busch Gardens Tampa and the Kennedy Space Center... there is a LOT to see in central Florida!)
  10. Hi folks, I just came back from a vacation in Florida, during which time I spent 4 days at Universal Orlando, the "other" destination resort in the Orlando area. For those who don't follow such things, the Universal Studios theme park that opened about 10 years ago has been joined by a sister theme park ("Islands of Adventure") which is absolutely incredible), an East Coast version of Universal's CityWalk (restaurant/nightclub/shopping district) as well as (so far) 2 on-site themed hotels. I stayed 3 nights at the Hard Rock Hotel (which I heartily recommend) and enjoyed walking-distance access to all attractions and (this is the really big deal) 'front of line' access to almost all attractions, as a guest at one of the Universal hotels. While a Universal Studios (the original park) I noticed several references to the fair. The tribute to Lucille Ball displays 2 artifacts from "Lucy Day" at the Fair; a program from the Indonesian pavilion (I have no idea why that pavilion was involved in this) detailing events in honor of Lucy and a more general announcement about the day with a drawing of the Unisphere (the mostly blue drawing we know from posters and other Fair publications). Also included was a telegram to Lucy, inviting her and her party to dinner and VIP seats at the Guy Lombardo production of "Around the World in 80 Days" that was produced in conjunction with the Fair.) The other references of course were all contained in the "Men In Black" attraction, which most of you probably know, at least from the film. The attraction's facade contains a simplified replica of the New York State pavilion's towers, which figure prominently in the film, and part of the waiting area is a reproduction of the control room (from the film) which contains a mural of both the NYS towers and the Unisphere. The story line in the attraction is that guests are about to see a presentation about life in the future that was presented at "the 1964 New York World Expo" (I cringed when I heard that) which is interrupted by an announcement that we are actually recruits being tested to see if we can be accepted in the agency that the Men In Black belong to.... the bulk of the attraction is a wonderful ride/target shooting game in which riders in pairs of vehicles careen through lifesize sets of city streets, firing electronic pistols at alien targets. The group with the higher score wins (I lost one and won one)........very well done, except for that minor "expo" gaff. I have a picture of me in front of MIB that I'm trying to figure out how to upload to the web site........ can anyone help me with that? Regards, George
  11. Eureka!!!

    Terrific news.......I had to start a new thread about it to be sure it wasn't buried. I have the film of the "Wonderful World of Chemistry"!!! Shortly after my earlier post, in which I described my latest attempts to find this film, I got an e-mail from Jon M. Williams, the Curator of Prints and Photographs at the Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington, Delaware. Hagley Museum displays the original home and powder mill built by E.I. Dupont de Nemours, the founder of the Dupont company, and the library acts, among other things as the Dupont corporate archive. The Hagley library holds a print of the musical show and chemical magic demonstration that were in the Dupont pavilion. Copies of this print (on VHS cassette) are available for purchase from the Library for $29.00 (includes postage + handling). I assured Mr. Williams that I would not make any commercial use of the film (although I don't know if that is a condition of purchase I thought it was best to assure him of that) and the cassette contains a warning that it is not to be duplicated. (The print itself contains a copyright notice for Michael Brown, the show's creator and director, indicating that he copyrighted it in 1965 and renewed it in 1989...I would think he still owns the copyright.) The film consists of the entire musical review (prefaced by a few outside shots, mainly of the Dupont pavilion,while the overture is playing) followed by the "Chemical Magic" demonstration. For those who care about these things, the production was filmed in the Gold Theater, and is the 1965 version of the show. Unfortunately, the colors have faded, as is to be expected in an unrestored 35 year old film that was probably shot on something like Eastmancolor film. The sound is also not the best. STILL...........this is my Holy Grail and I am just thrilled to have it. Even if I only watch it occasionally, it will occupy a special place in my World's Fair (and video) collection. For those of you who might be interested in getting your own copy, you can e-mail Mr. Williams at mailto:jwilliam@udel.edu, giving him a credit card number (and expiration date), authorization to charge $29.00 to it, and your mailing address. He can also be reached by snail mail at Hagley Museum and Library, PO Box 3630, Wilmington, DE 19807-0630. I imagine that he is understaffed, so don't be surprised if it takes several weeks to get the tape (it took me around 3 weeks). (I hope Mr. Williams doesn't mind the fact that I've posted this information. He certainly didn't make it seem like it was a secret.) One last thing, while perusing the Hagley Museum and Library's web site/catalogue I noticed that they have a book that was published in connection with the Dupont Pavilion's exhibits. I imagine that one would need to visit the Library to see it. The video itself was not listed in the catalogue when I last looked; Mr. Williams explained that they were still in the process of computerizing the catalogue of their holdings.
  12. Hi Folks, It's been a long time since I've visited the site and longer still since I've posted. Glad to see that the enthusiasm for the Fair remains unabated. A few times in the past I've made attempts to locate a filmed copy of the Dupont pavilion's musical review "The Wonderful World of Chemistry," all to no avail. Thanks to Ray's tape, I finally have been able to hear the show after 35 or so years, which seems like at least half the battle, and for that I can't thank Ray enough. Still, I know a film exists (I've seen it and excerpts from it at several exhibits.) I recently wrote to the Dupont Company (actually I sent an e-mail from their general web site) asking for the address of the company archive (I assumed that there was a company archive.) Several weeks later I received a response, referring me to the Hagley Library in Delaware (site of the original Dupont home and gunpowder factory, it also supports a library and company archive. I've written to an archivist at the Library explaining my interest in the film and asking if they have a copy and if it is possible to obtain a copy of that for personal, non-commercial use. I have yet to receive a reply. As always, I'd love to hear from anyone who has had some success in tracking this film down. Regards, George
  13. Leonard Maltin & the Fair

    I keep running into references to the Fair in the oddest places. This is from a Foreward written by Leonard Maltin for a book called Walt Disney and assorted other Characters - An Unauthorized Account of the Early Years at Disney's: <blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><HR>Jack Kinney was a hero of mine long before i ever knew his name. Let me explain: In 1964 I made the first of many visits to the new York World's Fair in Flushing Meadows, New York. It was a wonderful place for a kid, full of fascinating exhibits and rides, and exotic foods like the newly imported Belgian waffle. But the dominant figure at the Fair was Walt Disney, whose team of imagineers had conceived and executed most of the best attractions on the premises. The Disney "exhibit" that I visited most often, however, was the least publicized at the Fair. It consisted of a pair of modern-looking shells that housed movie projection units; they were placed along the perimetr of the IBM pavilion and featured old Disney cartoons on a continuous loop. The idea was to keep people entertained while they were waiting on line. For some reason, both shells featured Goofy cartoons: Hockey Homicide and Hold That Pose. I fell in love with both of them, and every time I returned to the Fair I'd run to the line outside IBM and watch them both, at least once.<HR></blockquote> Maltin goes on to describe the cartoons he fell in love with, and discovered that they, along with other favorite Disney sequences had been animated by Jack Kinney, the author of this book of reminiscences. I assume that the movie kiosks had nothing to do with Disney (other than the cartoons they were showing). However, I have absolutely no recollection of them. Anyone here remember them (or have pictures of them)?
  14. Space Park

    Bill, The Smithsonian Institution's Air & Space Museum in Washington, DC has a large and comprehensive display of rockets and space craft (in addition to a similarly large and comprehensive collection of aircraft) both in its collection and on display. This includes actual craft as well as occasional full-size mock-ups of various rockets, landing and exploration craft and vehicles up to and including a full-sized version of the Skylab space station. So, as lamentable as the final demolition of the Space Park is, the exhibits at the Kennedy and Johnson Space Centers are not the only places where such hardware is on display. (Although I don't have the details at hand, I do know that there are smaller collections of such material at other locations around the country. There is an Air and Space Museum in Hampton, Va, as well as a smaller one at Wallops Island, near Chincoteague, Va...home of the wild ponies, it is the site of a huge antenna array maintained by NASA.)
  15. There is a photograph in last week's Time magazine showing Shaun Fanning (Napster creator) and someone from the German publishing company Bertelsmann (that recently concluded a partnership deal of some sort with Naptster) standing in front of a large Unishere-like globe. From the picture, it appears that the globe is several stories high. The continental masses are more accurately portrayed than the stylized ones on the Unisphere, and while there appears to be a single ring around the globe, it is not suspended from a center ring the way the 3 rings of the Unisphere are. Does anyone know where this thing is (the picture made no identification of the location of the shot, although it did seem to be in Manhattan)? I must add that, even though the entire globe was not in the photo, what was included did not look as elegant as our old friend. George