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  1. Thanks for that! Ray gave me that Busch Gardens tour too. I have some photos. I was just talking about a local California show I once watched in a CA motel room where a man goes to a house to interview a couple who had been married for many years, and every single Valentines Day the man drew his wife a picture and they were all framed and on the wall. She was so proud of them. It was very sweet. I couldn't remember the show. but I'm quite sure it is this one, the Huell Howser show, and it must be in the online archives, but I don't know how to find it.
  2. Looks like a nice night for the fireworks

    Working the 3 to midnight shift driving, and delivering the tour into the mike, in my open air Glide-a-Ride on "Tour A" i experienced that almost every night the summer of '64. Kids from my school days sometimes saw me and said hello, kids I never saw again. Of course i didn't appreciate the wonder of it at the time, but looking back 55 years...I remember those balmy summer nights, the colorful illumination everywhere, the fireworks, the happy crowds (NYC was very different then)...'65 wasn't the same. I voluntarily switched to the Greyhound rapid transit bus. They didn't want me to switch either. It was a stoopid move. I kept my commercial passenger bus drivers license, both in NY and AZ, up until about ten years ago, tho I never used it except for driving a school bus part time some weekends, along with driving a yellow cab on the night shift, when I was in college Jan 67 to Jan 70. I was actually going to use it driving a tour bus through the Navajo and Hopi indian reservations in northern Arizona, for the Navahopi bus company in Flagstaff, but they went out of business right before I was supposed to start (maybe they heard about my crashing into dumpsters at the fair and decided they better quit while they're ahead...I had retired from my peace officer job in NY and moved west in Nov 1996).
  3. I knocked dem over because voices in my head told me to do it. Y'know I almost got fired before the fair even started. They were teaching me to drive a bus and i was doing one of my goofy comedy routines and the instructor who didn't like my jokes, or me, sent me to the big boss to check me out and find out if i was really nuts. I acted sane when i saw him and he OK'd me. Actually i received a 2 year safe driving award from Aetna insurance co. for both years. I still have it. What they didn't know didn't hurt them. I just remembered another time i almost got fired. I had two girls with me in my glide a ride cab. I saw the boss guy - mister peterson or someone - and i made them hop out in time, but i still got reprimanded for being out of uniform. I wasn't wearing my hat. [ This paragraph was deleted and held as evidence by the Pinkerton Detective Agency due to an ongoing investigation of this slimy character, as well as other Greyhound at the WF bus and GAR and (especially) Escorter drivers caught speeding (especially around the Gate 7-8 "speedway"),* crashing into dumpsters*, catching peoples' heads and feet in the back door*, giving overly fast tours right before their check out time*, directing fair visitors to houses of ill repute in the Lake Amusement Area in return for kickbacks*, and other crimes and misdemeanors*; and also the people on here who have admitted hopping the WF fence in order to avoid paying the entrance fee, and also the people on here who have jumped the GM and Ford pavilion lines using the alibi that their mommies and daddies called them. Mister Moses made a special legal stipulation that WF crimes would have a 100 year Statue of Limitations. Chief of the Pinkerton Detective Agency at the NYWF Inc .] Not everyone hated my jokes. I got two offers to try out for a radio talk show gig from 2 different radio station managers. That was '64 when i was delivering the guided tour on the tour a g-a-r. I mostly ignored the written tour i was supposed to read and did my own thing. * Uh oh that's me!
  4. The creature from the black lagoon! In 1954 my parents took me and my little brother on a great vacation in Florida - got aboard the train in Penn Station and wound up in Miami! Once upon a time i could have rode the train all the way to Key West but that was 19 years earlier. But anyway we went to Silver Springs Florida and i saw the real creature from the b.l. on the shore when we were riding on the glass bottom boat, just like in this picture! I feel like I'm seeing an old friend again. Hi, Creature remember me? Filming locations: Wakulla Springs, Florida, USA (underwater scenes) 21 of 21 found this interesting Silver Springs, Florida, USA https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0046876/
  5. The Vault III CD-ROM

    Oops I wrote tapes but i meant CD disks!
  6. The Vault III CD-ROM

    The Ray Dashner tapes I've been listening to now are about 18 years old, never played, have adhesive labels on them, and were in a metal storage bin in southern Arizona for years where the summer temperature must have been about 150F. I guess it's unpredicatable how long they'll last. I saw at least one brand of M Disk advertising that it will last 1,000 years. I hate it when my CD's deteriorate after only 500 years.
  7. The Vault III CD-ROM

    So far the tape sounds perfect. I don't think I ever heard it before. Right now Ray Dashner is interviewing Bill Young in 2001...and now he's entering the fairgrounds. Hey, I was there! Maybe I'm on the tape... Correction - I wasn't at the 2001 NYWF gathering, I was at the one in July 2003. I have some photos of it. But this is great. Is there a way I can upload the tapes on here? Ray does interview many of the people who were there in '01. They'd be especially interested in hearing it.
  8. It's a long time ago now, but I was walking around the old fair grounds, at a stream that led into the lake, and I was watching some weird fish surfacing. It had a giant mouth. I found out what it was but now I've forgotten. A large mouth bass?
  9. I don know, dat looks like a microphone inside dat posey on yer jacket lapel! Mugs come aroun duh Greyhound pavilion askin questions, den dey find em sleepin wid duh fishes underneat duh Meadow Lake, see!
  10. Anyone hungry?

    I remember that nasty stuff! No, the Chun King's chow mein was way better than that awful (salty) glop. I always liked Chinese food, from the american-chinese chow mein at the NYWF Chun King, and even in the PS 98 cafeteria, to the real authentic stuff that i favor now - tho i would still like to stop by the WF Chun King place, or the Chow Chow Cup outside of NYWF Gate 4, near where i parked my motorcycle. You got to eat the whole bowl at that one! There was a Chirping Chicken there too.
  11. The Vault III CD-ROM

    I found it! Two cd's and the four page guide to The Vault III (Ver. 2.09). Next step is to try and play it and hope it works and then copy it.
  12. They dropped the quarters into the coin box. I had a coin holder filled with quarters so i could give them the change they needed. Say, you're not a Pinkerton r u?
  13. Night comes to the Fair

  14. Wow that's the one i was looking for! Ray brought me over by there in the old original Bush Gardens, now built up with very beautiful houses. We explored some and went in some, and then down to the real back roads of pasadena where we did some conservation work, and i even did a bit of subterranean caving, a sport i still did back then. I even gave a speech. Some photos are knocking around. He told me Batman lived near there. He was a great guy, extremely personable, wonderful speaking voice. He always told me your money's no good here, Larry. Great guy. I miss him. I was just telling my friend about watching some local Calif. Tv show in a motel room, Huell Howser's show i think. He was in the home of a couple who were married for a lot of years and every single Valentine's Day the man drew his wife a picture. They were all hung on the wall and framed and she was so proud of them. it was so cute. I wonder if the that show still exists too.
  15. Everybody and his little brother and their mother asked me a question back then, especially in '65 when i drove the bus. They didn't shake my hand tho, except that guy with the big knife, but that's another story. It irked me at the time, especially the guy with the knife, to put it mildly. I put it all in my big WF cartoon that's now lamentably lost. When I was back at the fairgrounds in 2001, I think, for one of our worlds fair shing dings, some stranger actually approached me and asked me directions. He must have smelled who I was was. So just for old times sent I let him in the wrong direction yuk yuk yuk!
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