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  1. From June 10, 1965 the weekly interview program "Observation Point" on WQXR (known primarily as the city's classical music station) hosted by Duncan MacDonald discusses the Fair. There's a brief interview with Princess Christina of Sweden during her Fair visit and also interviews with Carl Fox - art curator for People to People's World Fiesta, Joseph Curan - manager of the Swedish Sky Ride, and Martin Stone - director of the industrial section of the World's Fair. https://www.wnyc.org/story/interviews-from-attendees-at-the-1965-worlds-fair/ This can't be downloaded direct but it can be recorded through live stream playback.
  2. WQXR Radio-June 10, 1965 Program on Fair

    She was still alive last year at age 102. https://vineyardgazette.com/news/2018/02/01/texas-tv-blazing-her-path-scottish-style
  3. WQXR Radio-June 10, 1965 Program on Fair

    BTW, the typo "Swedish Sky Ride" was the error on the WNYC site since I was pasting from there. I should have corrected it for them! The WNYC site also has posted in the past the 1967 ceremonies of Robert Moses rededicating the park area after demolition and clean-up was concluded.
  4. THE WORLDS FAIR REPORT

    I don't think the CDs are. I still have my files from the CDs copied to my hard drive though I seem to have lost the Disc years ago. Each page was a jpg file, as opposed to the whole issue being a single pdf file.
  5. Spruce it up with paint - and haul out that trash!

    A quick search says that today's Columbia Gas of Massachusetts is the former Bay State Gas Company and they supply retail natural gas.
  6. Let's build a stadium!

    Polo Grounds, July 5, 1963.
  7. A definite "Oh crap" moment

    The last pages in the thing deal with the Fair and the operator of the Flume ride. But it was hard for me to figure out.
  8. Let's build a stadium!

    That sign refers to how the initial plan was for the Stadium to be ready for the 1963 season but the delays pushed that back first to the middle of the season and finally to the start of the 64 season, coinciding with the opening of the Fair.
  9. A rare peek inside Austria

    St. Stephen's Cathedral of Vienna on the photo mural I think.
  10. A different angle on General Motors

    I just put in a join request myself.
  11. Caution! Scary elf ahead!!

    Alfred E. Neuman moonlighting for Simmons?
  12. Came across this little YT feature showing its installation at the Ford Museum. Is it still there? Bringing The Eames Kiosk To The Henry Ford
  13. Triumph of Man, Triumph of Narration, Trip Through Time.

    I've just done a new visual version of "The Triumph Of Man" setting the narration entirely to Ralph's magnificent pictures that he shared a couple years ago. There were visuals for all scenes so that nothing else from other sources needed to be filled in. Setting them to the record for the first time gave me the best sense of actually experiencing the attraction for real I've ever had. (Putting this only privately on Dropbox, not on YT) The Triumph Of Man (Record Set to Ralph Quinn Pictures)
  14. Chasing the Moon: American Experience on PBS

    Complete CBS launch coverage was put on YT, straight from the vault with even WCBS local stuff and commercials. CBS Apollo 11 Launch Coverage
  15. To refer to the Sermons From Science presentation as "Deceptive" is really not true whether you agreed with them or not. They were always upfront about their mission purpose and objective and had been associated with Worlds Fairs since 1939 in San Francisco.
  16. The entire first decade of Johnny Carson's Tonight Show when he was based in New York was wiped out of existence but occasionally fragments turn up. Someone posted the open of the Tonight Show from August 24, 1964 in original color videotape quality and I post this here because substitute announcer Jack Haskell (filling in for Ed McMahon) refers to New York as "The World's Fair city" and the intro plays over color film footage of the Fair at night. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TW0_npkgG_M
  17. Dashner tape & Horowitz tape.

    I've uploaded here to this folder most of Ray's files plus a few others he also included. Feel free to download. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/x15h7e34r39mxhy/AACnGUQIv6vw6-ndhrF4twH-a?dl=0
  18. Merry Christmas

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone in this group!
  19. Need Help From Former and Current PTU Members

    Bill's point I think hits the nail on the head. For some of us, it's hard to sustain the same level of pro-active enthusiasm over such a long period of time. I still check in and post on occasion but because I'm pretty much tapped out in terms of researching and writing feature pieces that Bill kindly put on his wonderful site, the "hunger" if you will has kind of faded and I don't have the sense of new mountains to conquer in terms of what I can learn about the Fair (unless someone were to find some pictures in the BLC of the Sunshine Biscuits exhibit given my family connection to that!) that I haven't absorbed thanks to the wonderful efforts of Bill, Bill Cotter and those who were there who provide me, someone born four years after it closed with the necessary context. But I always keep the door open to be surprised and check things out and sometimes, it's great to see new members share things with us like the audio recordings of certain attractions that even Ray hadn't done a couple years ago. So while I may not be too pro-active, I'll always keep looking in!
  20. So much for the polls

    Johnny Carson I remember used them to gauge Presidential election preferences in 1980, 84 and 88.
  21. Skitch Henderson was the bandleader through 1967 when he left. Ed was off that night, and Jack Haskell, a Broadway actor was subbing. After 69 Johnny did away with guest announcers so that if Ed was off, Doc would announce and Tommy Newsom would front the band.
  22. "No privacy a’tall around this place! "

    In the 1994 makeover which is still in place today and which has become more and more out of date with each passing year, sadly. Mel Blanc's line as Cousin Orville is one of just three pieces of the original WF soundtrack that has endured in all incarnations of the ride. Mel's bit as the Parrot in Act I and also the Act II musical cue when all the appliances threaten to "blow a fuse."
  23. Carousel of Progress poster

    Notice how this was copied for a Billy Graham Pavilion brochure too.
  24. THE GATES ARE NOW CLOSED

    Ray passed away several years ago and is missed by all in the Community who knew him. Many of us do have copies of his CD so I'm sure something can be worked out.
  25. A very different angle on Gotham Plaza

    Is there any information on that? The Carousel needs a rehab desperately. It's a creaky relic of mid-1990s faux nostalgia in its too-long current incarnation.
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