Craig Bavaro

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About Craig Bavaro

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  1. The reason they market things like that to those of us from the Baby Boom generation is because they know that space travel and things like Better Living Through Chemistry still resonate with our generation.
  2. Not for anything, but I always thought that was one ugly building. No wonder those four states didn't exhibit at the Fair! I showed it to my husband and he said it looks like a big transistor radio and not very imaginative. But then so was the proposed multi state exhibitor building that was designed to look like a big mountain or the one that looked like a musical note (I think that one was for Georgia). Thank heaven they weren't built either. Can you imagine what the critics would have said about any of these.
  3. During most of 1964, they averaged 21,000 visitors per day, but by 1965 they were only averaging 12,000 visitors per day.
  4. It was just too expensive to build. This pavilion ran into financial difficulties before, during and after the fair. In fact, this is one of the pavilions that came very close to not getting built on a number of occasions. The Fair Corporation lent the pavilion operators $538,414.07 during the fair and it also cost the fair $63,000 to demolish the pavilion, all of which had to be written off when the books were closed.
  5. Ronald, do keep an eye on eBay. I have seen this pamphlet come up for sale now and again and at a reasonable price. Good luck in your search!
  6. Expoboy is right. This video is an absolutely fascinating history lesson of what lead up to the start of construction of Expo 67. The speaker is very knowledgeable on Canadian history in general and specifically on the history of exhibitions. I highly recommend watching it and can't wait to see the next installment.
  7. They went bankrupt in 1965 and never reopened the pavilion even though they kept promising fair officials they would on a number of occasions.
  8. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that this is for Kodak. Given the location relative to the large flagpole that is close to the Fountain of the Planets and that Kodak broke ground on 8/21/62, I feel confidant in making this statement. Kodak was the fourth exhibitor to break ground. They were preceded by Sinclair on 8/14, Travelers on 6/27 and Bell on 6/21, which aren't close to this location. Kodak was followed by Electric Power & Light on 9/26, Pavilion of American Interiors on 10/2, New York on 10/9, Travel & Transportation on 10/11, Johnson Wax on 10/16, Vatican on 10/31, Hawaii on 11/1, Protestant Center on 11/11, China on 11/29 and the United States on 12/14, which are all the rest of the ground breaking's held in 1962. While Electric Power and Johnson Wax are close by, I think the flag pole in the photo would have been much closer if this photo was taken from either of those sites. On the other hand, the flag pole would have been farther away or not in the photo at all if this taken from the New York site.
  9. This shot may have been taken early in the day right after the fair opened. If someone has the exact date this picture was taken I can look up the total fair attendance for that day since I have a complete set of attendance reports for every day the fair was in operation. These daily reports also document what the weather was like in the morning, afternoon and evening.
  10. Very interesting. And so the search begins!
  11. That's a very good question, but the correspondence files on GM is silent on what they did with all the dirt. That being said, I didn't look through the actual permit files, which may have contained a permit to haul it all away. I wonder if any of your GM photos actually show the wall, road and gate.
  12. Wow Bill. How timely are these pictures. I recently discovered in the Fair Corporations files a very interesting story about the construction of the GM pavilion. It would appear that there was quite a problem where the eastern rear portion of the GM pavilion would butt up against one of the planned expanded exit ramps from the GCP to the LIE was to be built. According to the Fairs Engineering Dept. files, the Fair Corporation leased GM a little too much land and the highway people took issue with this and the steep grade that would be created from the end of the foundation to the roadway (this would have been in the general vicinity of the top right side of the above second photo). The highway dept. put up quite a stink because GM's construction wouldn't allow the required separation and grade they normally require between the ramp and a structure. Needless to say, GM was not happy with the ramp being expanded onto their property either because they also had plans to put a special roadway and gate there for deliveries and VIP's to enter their property. Since GM's plans were already drawn up, approved and construction was well under way they were not very happy with this late development. The Fair Corporation ultimately solved this thorny problem with their biggest exhibitor by leasing GM free of charge more land out back for their special road and gate provided they agreed to landscape it and maintain it for the duration of the fair. Before agreeing to this though, fair officials were very concerned about security for what could easily become a free 9th gate onto the fairgrounds. Once GM assured the fair that a proper lock and security patrol would be maintained for the duration, fair officials approved GM's special gate. GM also had to agree to correct the grade issue after the pavilion was demolished once the fair was over. The highway dept. ultimately approved this plan since this situation would only exist for a few years. And as a sweetener to make GM even happier, the Fair Corporation also ended up spending quite a tidy sum to draw up plans and build a special landscaped retaining wall (if I recall correctly this project cost the fair about $50K) that was subject to GM and the highways depts. prior approval. During the approval process, GM was also quite vocal about what type of creeping vines and bushes were to be planted along the wall to screen it from view so as not to detract from the beauty of their majestic and very expensive pavilion.
  13. I did bid, but at $910 that was too much for me.
  14. It's the 2 small buildings just above Coca Cola and behind Dynamic Maturity in the following aerial photo. http://www.nywf64.com/fair_air21.shtml
  15. After spending 3 full days at the end of July at the New York Public Library pouring through 13 boxes of Fair Corporation records I discovered a set of Exhibitor Progress Reports issued from 4/19/65 through 6/18/65. Here is some of the interesting facts contained in these reports that were sent to Robert Moses by John T. O'Neill, the Director of Engineering. 1) The All State Properties, Indonesia, Julimar Farms and the Lebanon pavilions never reopened for the second season of the fair. 2) A new pre-fabricated rectangular Quaker Oats pavilion was built northeast of the Amphitheatre. Part of the exhibit contained a mounted cannon which could be rolled in and a net. The pavilion opened sometime in late June 1965. 3) The following ten pavilions did not open on 4/21/65, when the fair began its second and final season. The Amphitheatre British Lion Pub Greece Guinea* Oregon Pan American Rides Pavilion of American Interiors Sierra Leone (United Nations) Sudan* Wisconsin *The Fair Corporation "cleaned up and made presentable" these and the Indonesia and Lebanon pavilions for the reopening of the fair. 4) Another 23 pavilions were open on 4/21/65, but they had various construction projects underway that weren't expected to be completed until as late as 5/10/65. Many of the completion dates ended up dragging well past then through May and into June. Construction was still pending at the Continental Park as of 6/18/65, when the final status report was issued to Moses. 5) The Churchill exhibit was dedicated on 4/28/65. Also, I found some fascinating information about the Unisphere capital lights which I have written into an article entitled "I Think We Have a Light Out". Watch for it on the nywf64.com website soon if I can convince Bill Young to publish it!