I Was just sharing worlds fair memories with my family and that it will be 30 years this June that we went. Time sure gets by. I've relocated in Edmond OK, with the move and building a new house, got out of my internet routines. All settled in now and looking forward to getting caught up on all I've missed on here.
The Luminaires were taken down, the decent ones auctioned off (some collectors on this board got their hands on some after I posted on here that OKC fairgrounds was having said auction) and the remaining salvaged.
When the State Fair Grounds decided to rid of the Monorail, they decided to leave a section of the rail, with a monorail train sitting upon it as a monument/momento of the fairgrounds history. Really a great idea to me than having it dissapear altogether.
Here is a shot before they had taken the rail down:
Everything you pictured it still there. I really miss the monorail in operation.
The grounds through renovations is cleaner, but has lost alot of it's charm. The state fair almost seems sterile and boring now. But I still go, gotta see the Car show there and eat (build up my immune system). LOL
Now thinking to the World's Fair that could have been, I doubt any of those buildings would have been utilized for the World's Fair, and if had, I assume they would have been heavily modified. IMO, Chances are the Luninaires may even have been removed for the World's Fair being they needed so much work to clean them up.
I have always thought the grounds had a world's fair feel to it, and often wondered how many items at the grounds could be other world's fair legacies other than the luminaires.
And 7up always came to mind when I see that one structure. Amazing similarity. Wonder if they got anything from Hemisfair after it closed being it was nearby.
I live not to too awful far from the grounds, any photo requests? I'd be happy to oblige.
Reading through the posts here and looking at some of the marvelous pictures posted on this last worlds fair held in the U.S. stirred a memory I had forgotten aboout.
It may have been discussed here before, but I do not recall seeing it posted.
1984 episodes on Gimme A Break starring Nell Carter had a 2 show episode based around the 1984 Worlds Fair.
Season 4, Episode 1 – Aired: 9/29/1984
New Orleans (1) (a.k.a.) Joey Goes to New Orleans (1)
Nell and Joey go to New Orleans where Nell sees a man she hasn't seen in 15 years. The two take Joey to the World's Fair, and when they go to visit a jazz club, he proposes to her. She is baffled by his proposal and doesn't know what to say. As this is happening, a man is watching Joey in the jazz club. When Joey finally sees him looking at him, he goes to Nell and tells her he thinks that the man is his father. The man happily says "Joey" as Joey says "Dad", and the two embrace, as Nell stares in shock.
Season 4, Episode 2 – Aired: 10/6/1984
New Orleans (2) (a.k.a.) Joey Goes to New Orleans (2)
Joey and his father reunite, and he takes Joey on a day at the World's fair. He then asks Nell if he can have Joey sleep on his boat, which she agrees to. In the morning, there is no sign of Joey, and Nell finds out the boat went back to Nome Alaska. She and the man that asked her to marry him quarrel, and she madly accepts his proposal, but then ditches him in the end. As she walks along the boardwalks in New Orleans, desperately thinking of Joey, he returns to her, and says he went to the hotel but she was gone and he looked all over for her, and the two reunite in a hug.
Last I looked, anyone with a Netflix account can watch these episodes streaming online.
Making fun of ole lil OKC are we? Knoxville was touted as the scruffy little city that hosted a World's Fair, well...OKC would have been the scruffier (scruffiest even)city to host a World's Fair.
I think they really could have (and still could) pull it off. It is centralized in the nation, easy to get to from all directions. If the fair was designed and marketed right, I think it could be rather successful.
The Fair was the Largest proposal ever done in Oklahoma history (as of 1994, and may still be.) It was over 890 pages long, in many volumes and the fair was set to go. Oklahoma City decided to pull the plug on it's own when the oil boom crashed and seen the reciepts for the '84 fair and then the exposed controversay that Knoxville suffered after it's fair had ended.
Just imagine, the 64/65 New York World's Fair luminaires could have been in ANOTHER world's fair being it was going to be in the Oklahoma City State Fair Park.
Welcome! I just approved your membership to my 1982 World's Fair Yahoo Group. I sure hope the group provides you with a wonderful trip down memory lane. Many members have posted their own mages there to share. I cannot wait to see the pics you have to share and please feel free to post them on the Yahoo Group. I always felt this Fair deserved a place of its own on the web, so I created one years ago and many memebers have contributed to make it what it is now. I sure you hope you enjoy it.