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About molassesonassis

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    In Grover We Trust
  • Birthday 07/14/1971

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    The Fly Over
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    The 1939-40 New York World's Fair, The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, Mid-Century Design, Charles & Ray Eames, 8mm & 16mm Home Movies, Expo 67, Pontiac (PMD) 1967-1969

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  1. Babs Middleton Has Died :-(

    I always hoped someone would interview her about the fair & film. I've not read her book which might have some content in it. Also I had no idea that Budd was with us and still involved in the film & TV world.
  2. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/13/nyregion/marjorie-lord-actress-on-emmy-winning-sitcom-dies-at-97.html https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YF594h8KUXw In 2012 the film, "The Middleton Family At The New York World's Fair" was added to the National Film Registry. Jimmy Lydon aka "Bud Middleton" is still alive and is 92.
  3. Astonishing Color Footage!

    The US pavilion at EXPO 67 pretty much was the greatest US exhibit ever. It really captured America and it was, I believe, the first time Hollywood & pop culture was marketed as a US export.
  4. It just does not get any better than this! Wow!
  5. SS United States Rusts in Philly

    This is adorable.
  6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7UziRWnEYs
  7. Many wonderful images, with this being the rarest.
  8. http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2014/09/17/remembering_the_grand_spectacle_of_the_1939_worlds_fair.php
  9. SS United States Rusts in Philly

    Thanks for the update. Ugh. I thought it was doing well. I've seen it up close from a small boat and its impressive even in its current condition. Hope we don't lose this piece of history.
  10. I wonder where his parents lived their lives out? As for the reporter, it's nice that Tatiana has similar interests in writing & words & journalism like her grandmother.
  11. Note who wrote this article. Son Discovers His Father’s Life of Crime Is Now a Work of Art by Warhol The New York Times By TATIANA SCHLOSSBERG August 21, 2014 George Lawler always knew his father was a criminal — his mug shot had been on New York City’s most wanted list in 1962. What he did not know was that his father had been a muse, of sorts, for Andy Warhol. Mr. Lawler’s father, Thomas Francis (Duke) Connelly, was one of Warhol’s subjects in the installation “13 Most Wanted Men,” which was briefly displayed at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. He was sought for robbing at gunpoint a Chase Manhattan Bank branch in Woodside, Queens, in 1955, and making off with over $300,000. He and his wife, Ann Connelly, went on the run with their two children, whom they later abandoned. The couple were never found. Now, Mr. Connelly’s portrait, or police photo, depending on how you look at it, is one of nine on view at the Queens Museum as part of an exhibition titled “13 Most Wanted Men: Andy Warhol and the 1964 World’s Fair.” Mr. Lawler and his wife, Deb Lawler, happened to read a review of the show in The New York Times in April, and were shocked when they saw a photograph with Mr. Connelly’s portrait. They had never heard of the Pop Art dimension of his life of crime. Along with other Pop artists, including Robert Rauschenberg and James Rosenquist, Warhol had been commissioned by Philip Johnson, the architect of the New York State Pavilion, to make a work of art for the exterior of the pavilion’s Theaterama. To put a New York spin on his work, Warhol made screen prints of the 13 pictures in the city Police Department’s most wanted brochure from 1962. The portraits were printed on Masonite panels. The artwork was almost immediately covered over with silver paint on the orders of Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller, who deemed it too controversial for the fair. At the time, Warhol said he liked the silver paint: “Because silver is so nothing. It makes everything disappear.” Then, he made another set of the portraits that went into collections around the world, with all but four of them recollected and now on view in Queens. On Thursday, Mr. Lawler and his wife traveled from their home in Essex, Conn., to view his father as a work of art. “I still can’t believe that my father, the bank robber, is associated with Andy Warhol,” he said. “That completely blows my mind.” Mr. Lawler and his sister, Veronica Gural, a nurse at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, never saw their parents after 1955, when Mr. Lawler was left by his mother in a church in Wilmington, Del., and his sister at a 5 & 10 store in Baltimore. “I was only 2 years old at the time,” Mr. Lawler said, “and I swear I remember this, although my wife doesn’t believe me, but I knew my mother was full of soup when she left me at that church and said she’d be right back.” Mr. Lawler and his sister were adopted by their mother’s sister and her husband, Mary and Joseph Lawler, and raised in Richmond Hill, Queens. Joseph Lawler was a police officer. When the younger Mr. Lawler was 14, his adopted father told him who his real father was: a thief who had run with a much tougher group of Irish gangsters and hit men on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. At the time, he did not believe the story, but his adopted father gave him the brochure with the police photos and news articles about his parents. When he was older and worked as a bartender at a place on Queens Boulevard called Shades of Blue, he said he met some men who told him that they had known his father. Mr. Lawler is a natural storyteller. He also happens to have some good material to work with. The roster of names Mr. Lawler rattles off in the stories about his father reads like a who’s who of the New York underworld: Rocky Graziano, the champion boxer; Elmer (Trigger) Burke, a notorious 1940s hit man who was executed in the electric chair at Sing Sing; and John (Sonny) Franzese, a reputed member of the Colombo crime family. The other names are just too good to be true: Edward (Poochy) Walsh; Joseph (Specs) O’Keefe, another bank robber; and Redmond (Machine Gun) Cribbens, who was Mr. Connelly’s partner in crime for the bank heist in Woodside. The screen print hanging in the museum had reduced his father’s police photo to a collection of dots, a complete abstraction of a human face. But, as Mr. Lawler told the story of his father’s life, his brow furrowed. Then, in the squinting face on the wall behind him, blown up and made into art, the resemblance was immediately apparent. Larissa Harris, one of the show’s curators, said that meeting Mr. Lawler and hearing his story added a new dimension to the show, and that it helped bring it from the 1960s into the present. “The show is about art, but it’s also about political and social history,” she said. “And now we have a fantastic story that helps it all come to life.” Mr. Lawler looked around the gallery, taking it all in. He looked at his father’s portrait and said: “Wasn’t it Andy Warhol who said everyone will have their 15 minutes of fame? Here’s mine, I guess.” http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/22/nyregion/son-discovers-his-fathers-life-of-crime-is-now-a-work-of-art-by-warhol.html
  12. original scarf (I bought) cannot find another!

    Here it is on ETSY for $35. www.etsy.com/listing/196847623/vintage-worlds-fair-scarf-1964-to-1965?ref=sr_gallery_1&ga_search_query=world%27s+fair+scarf&ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery