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About Jim

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  • Birthday 12/27/1951

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    I live near Syracuse.
  1. A different sort of view of the US Space Park

    The flag is at half staff for Dr. King or that is what I think is correct if it’s April of 1968.
  2. Some fun items online

    I found myself interested in the high school yearbooks and their references to the NYWF. I had totally forgotten that I still have my farther's 1939 Syracuse University yearbook, The Onandagan. The front cover is a stylized image of the Trylon and Perisphere and there are several references to the theme of the World of Tomorrow in the yearbook. https://www.ebay.com/i/283469868351?chn=ps&norover=1&mkevt=1&mkrid=711-117182-37290-0&mkcid=2&itemid=283469868351&targetid=538495483575&device=c&mktype=pla&googleloc=9005388&poi=9060109&campaignid=6470552634&mkgroupid=81274458647&rlsatarget=pla-538495483575&abcId=1139336&merchantid=108612311&gclid=EAIaIQobChMInp-kl5Xr5QIVTP_jBx1RFgArEAQYASABEgIpB_D_BwE
  3. WQXR Radio-June 10, 1965 Program on Fair

    She mentions Radcliffe. I suspect that influenced her accent if she indeed was a student there.
  4. WQXR Radio-June 10, 1965 Program on Fair

    I have often wondered about a comment I stumbled over inn this interview. I think Joseph Curan states that there will not be another fair like the NYWF "at least in our lifetime." I've never quite known what to make of this sort of comment. Life magazines made the same statement although three hundred miles north another exposition was rising in Montreal. In 1965, nobody really expected Expo to be the incredible success became. More likely. Mr. Curan was speaking of the future of world's fairs in the US and/or the lavish spending by the corporate world. The 1965 NYWF was already a financial disaster as he spoke and that would frighten future fair plans in US cities. Maybe he was correct but he did not envision future fairs with far more international flavor in Canada, Japan, China or anywhere else. Perhaps nobody did.
  5. WQXR Radio-June 10, 1965 Program on Fair

    There was no NPR in 1965. What a wonderful discovery. It its a true piece of history. It surprises me that Duncan MacDonald appears to be unaware of basic Fair information. She does not know hours of operation, when fireworks were displayed and even questioned whether the towers at NYS were observation platforms. And it's interesting these interviews took place in June of 1965. By then the Fair's fate was sealed. It needed all of positive publicity it could get in 1964. WINS became all news in April of 1964 but WCBS did not adopt the all news format until 1967. WQXR was a classical music station so the idea of regular and thorough radio reporting on the Fair and its daily events was not common. I'm not certain how to quite say this but Duncan MacDonald had a quality that conveyed the urban, elite, elegant side of life in NYC in the 1960s. Her interviews included musicians, politicians, artists, architects, inventors. In fact, she interviews Buckminster Fuller at the time of his creation of the USA Dome at Expo 67. She catered to an interested, educated and somewhat elite audience. I can picture her lunching at The Russian Tea Room, Dining at 21 and enjoying cocktails at the Top of The Fair. Her work would have made a good segway into what would become WNYC, New York's NPR station.
  6. Futurama in UTAH?

    Lincoln Logs! Have you read The Life and Times of The Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson? He is a proud baby boomer born and raised in Des Moines. A prolific writer, he has authored some off the best books I've ever read. The Thunderbolt kid is a hilarious account of his childhood. One chapter is devoted to the toys kids had in the 1950s and early 1960s. His memories of Lincoln Logs is particularly funny.. He recalls how he and a classmate (about third grade) had to make a project for some lesson in class and they built a simple cabin with the logs. However, it didn't quite fit the assignment and they decided to color the logs. His friend, for some reason, knew that if one decided to pee on the logs it would bleach them white. You can guess what the two kids then did. To make matters worse, Bryson recounts his teacher's fascination upon seeing the white logs and asked the kids how they did it. Neither gave an answer and this really sparked the teacher's curiosity and he actually took one of the logs and (gasp) licked it and announced the logs had to have been bleached with lemon juice. You can imagine what went through the ten year old minds of Bryson and his buddy. Bryson is a wonderful writer and his Boomer memories are brilliantly presented. The chapter about American food in the 1950s is hilarious and is combined with brilliant social history. His other books are equally fascinating.
  7. Futurama in UTAH?

    Wonderful post! You sparked a memory for me: Kenner Girder and Panel. For a long time I have been trying to remember the name of that 1960s toy. I received a set as an anonymous Christmas gift when I was seven or eight and I loved creating "modern" buildings with it. I could never find any sense of interest in assembling plastic models of WWII air planes or ships and all I did was manage to glue pieces to my hands, to the carpet, to the table, to my shoe and once or twice to my younger sister. And erector sets were equally ridiculous. Even at the age of eight I understood that real men risked tetanus and played with sharp edged metal and small screws that, when not properly repackaged, would pierce the shoeless feet of unsuspecting adults but I hated them. The only toy more stupid than an erector set, however, was a wood burning kit but that's a different tragedy all together. But Kenner Girder and Panel made perfect sense. Holy crap. Pieces easily snapped into place and those plastic panels looked just like a brand new 1960s bank building right in my own town (replacing two grand old Victorian homes which a few of us thought might be haunted). Kenner Girder and Panel had no sharp edges, no screws, bolts or burning hot surfaces. It was a simple assembly and provided the remarkable opportunity to add additional sets to create an entire modern city. It was instant urban renewal in a box. It's interesting what triggers one's memory. Your story about the new world you've discovered and how it sparked memories of the Futurama is wonderful. I do wonder, however, how massive population growth from LA to Salt Lake will be remotely sustainable. Where will the water come from? If there is economic salvation for the Northeast and the Mid West it will be the nearly endless supply of fresh water. In any event, thank you for taking me back more than half a century to when I built modern cities on my bedroom floor.
  8. "The First People" in 1979.

    I get the sense that this was rather thrown together. The T is missing from occupants. And it is before the concept of First Nations was established. And that entry wouldn't win many fans among the vast majority of indigenous people.
  9. Happy 80th Folks!

    That photograph is a gem. Thank you for sharing it.
  10. Happy 80th Folks!

    That''s right. The 1939 Fair closed on Halloween night. I wonder how many people who visited the Fair are still with us. They would be quite elderly now but a few of the 45 million might still be around.
  11. A -very- quiet day in 1974!

    I'm not sure quiet isn then right word. Deserted might be better.
  12. I remember that pavilion so well. It was so vast. Oh, and I see a nun on the upper walkway.
  13. Excellent 1939 Link!

    Wayne, I honestly don't know. I will find out. I had not thought of this.
  14. I can almost feel the dampness of the fog. It's interesting but I believe I can see an "engineer" behind the glass with the windshield wiper. They served no purpose at all but were placed there shortly after Expo opened because so many passengers were unnerved by a fully automated train that had no one controlling it in the front.
  15. Excellent 1939 Link!

    The thesis is hard covered and I have one copy. Two remain at Binghamton University (SUNY). It must be about eighty pages and I have no clue how I could post it here. It is now close to thirty years old. I did research at the New York Historical Society and The Queens Museum. The Queens Museum had an extensive world's fair collection at that time and I believe much of that was " de-accessioned' when it became an art museum. Other research focused on periodicals from the 1930s and I spent days in front of micro-film machines going back in time via N YC newspapers from that era. I made use of a number of magazines as well especially The New Yorker. The best research came from personal interviews with people who attended the Fair. Their memories were just wonderful and virtually every person I spoke to dug out long forgotten souvenirs and photographs. Written before the internet existed and word processors cost a fortune, I had to type every page on a portable SCM typewriter. It includes an addendum of reproduced 1930s photographs, maps, political cartoons and New Yorker cartoons. My department would not permit any corrections on any page--no white out or erasures and retyping. It took forever to create that final draft which was then hard bound. I've learned so much more just from this web site and the work of so many of its members that I wish I could add to that thesis.