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Randy Treadway

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About Randy Treadway

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  • Birthday 02/14/1956

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    Parrish, FL USA
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    World's Fairs, of course!
  1. Now Hear This!

    The Ice King of Corona thinks summer is the perfect time for snowcones, or Italian Ices of any kind. :D
  2. Now Hear This!

    For whatever it's worth, you're the "resident" Greyhound guru!
  3. Flushing Meadows 1972 #5

    Exactly. They say they hate it, but declare you're going to rip it out and replace it with a simple street with a traffic signal every block, and they'd go into full blown panic mode and threaten to impeach any politician who would propose such a thing.
  4. Touring the Official Map #1

    Speaking of maps, the Official Pop-Up map is pretty cool. But of course, was designed too early before the final designs settled out. Things like the monorail and the France arch didn't turn out that way. By the way, the 1964 and 1965 World's Fair Map that Ralph has been sharing, was a production of the renowned team led by Hermann Bollmann. Read more about Bollmann here: https://www.geographicus.com/P/AntiqueMap/NewYorkGuide-bollmann-1963
  5. McBarge lives!

    Glad to hear that it's been rescued. I was up there last November but didn't see it.
  6. Flushing Meadows 1972 #5

    I'm not a local so don't have firsthand knowledge. At what point post-'65 was FMCP at its lowest-- about 1977? So the question is, was FMCP in 1977 in worse condition than in about 1959? What condition would a 1977 FMCP have found itself had a 1960s World's Fair never occurred and the park continued to drift after the United Nations pulled out in 1952? I look at pictures of the park on Reopening Day 1967 and it seems to look a LOT better than 1959 pictures I've seen. Corollary questions: Would the expressway improvements (Van Wyck/LIE/GCP) have happened by 1977 without a World'S Fair to stimulate it? If not, what would 1970s traffic had been like for Long Island residents? Would the Mets have chosen Willets Point for their new stadium had they not been able to piggyback on a World's Fair bringing the transportation infrastructure that was sorely lacking at Ebetts Field and the Polo Grounds? I've heard some who blame the 1970s financial debacle largely on the nose of post-Fair mayor John Lindsay, who seemed to think he was 1920s mayor Jimmy Walker reincarnated.
  7. 1931 Paris Exposition Stickpin

    Nice! I have a collection of postcards from this Expo.
  8. Unbuilt Pavilions

    There's little doubt that in the midst of the 60's Quebec separatist movement, there was considerable anti-American feeling there in Montreal too. I'm not sure how much the other English-speaking provinces shared in that, but it was there in Quebec. And Americans probably cared as little about the Quebec independence cause as they do about the Catalonian "cause" these days in Spain. In both cases, it was an "internal matter" of a foreign country that doesn't involve U.S. interests at all, so it's easy to just ignore it. "Don't have a dog in that fight" is apropos. Every international expo is different in a lot of ways. New York was strong on cutting edge technology and innovation. Montreal's forte was international showcases. It doesn't mean that one is better than the other. What a great chance to enjoy BOTH types, and so close together too!
  9. From what little I've been able to find out, in the windmill they gave out Long Island information, and sold some souvenirs. But the only souvenir from there that I've ever found, was this pin cushion in World's Fair colors.
  10. It was supposed to be a replica of Long Island windmill, but I haven't been able to find anythijng beyond that Bill, in your Set 50 there is a slide showing the windmill. Are you able to read the sign in front of it that says something like 'sponsored by Long Island __________ Association, Inc'? At first I thought it might be Dairymen's Association, but the longer I looked at it I'm not so sure.
  11. The windmill was a feature of the LIRR exhibit.
  12. New Luminaries at FMCP

    A temporary art exhibition until next summer?
  13. A Glance at Continental Park

    ...or successful deflection of bullets fired by Goldfinger's minions. By the way, the hole in the tail light was to eject an 'oil slick' so that a chasing vehicle would spin out, and could also produce a smoke screen. Lots of fun:
  14. Belgian Village #1: Walking Around

    Your clue for today is the phrase "Black Shuck". Here is a 1965 zoom-in of the weathervane on top of the Belgian Village's City Hall. An example from England, for comparison:
  15. A Glance at Continental Park

    Mr. & Mrs. Gargantua were famous attractions in the Ringling circus for many years, credited with saving the circus from bankruptcy during the Great Depression. They were even used to help sell War Bonds. Gargantua died in 1949, and the Peabody Museum has his skeleton. "Mrs. Gargantua" was actually named Toto and outlived Gargantua by several years, and in 1950 Ringling even showed her off in a gorilla "nursery" with a couple of adopted baby gorillas, one of which they immedately dubbed "Gargantua II". (reminds me of what Borden did with Elsie, Beuregard, and so on). Billing these two as 'Mr. and Mrs. Gargantua II" in 1965, no doubt had hopes of replicating their namesake's financial success..... but obviously too little, too late.