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About Jim

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    I live in a small town in Upstate New York, south of Syracuse.
  1. Ralph, you have brought so many long ago pavilions back to life. These wax museum shots are great for remembrance but, wow, they are creepy. And no matter how you cut it, that eighth shot, of Doris Day and Rock Hudson, looks nothing like either of them--especially Hudson who piled greased hair on his head at least a foot high. Wax museums always love the Joan of Arc theme and always present it in such inspirational poses rather than the horror show it must have actually been. Thank you for so many wonderful interior shots. My favorite, so far, is your collection of Ireland photos. They took me back fifty plus years.
  2. My father loved those maps of Ireland highlighting where families originated. I do remember standing there with him. And my parents sat in the cafe and enjoyed Irish coffee.
  3. Well said, Ralph. Recent winters have just about done me in.
  4. Is it me or are those palm trees in the top photo all dead? And those alligators sure don't look especially well cared for.
  5. Oh, that's right, Bill. I knew that. I remember the horror of what happened to those three men trapped inside that capsule. It was during a test. It was the same year as Expo, of course, and there was a 50th year commemoration at the Kennedy Space Center in January. It's strange, sometimes, what we remember. It was a snow day and I was in grade nine. I heard the news while watching television. I still shudder when I think of the three unfortunate and courageous astronauts.
  6. It's still a marvel to me that the Soviet Cosmonauts landed their capsules on terra firma and not in the oceans. No deep ocean splashdowns for them. Strangely, 1967 was a very bad year for both space programs. Apollo One exploded on the launching pad at the Kennedy Space Center on January 27 killing Astronauts Grissom, White and Chafee in what amounted to a holocaust in the capsule. On April 24 of 1967, Vladimir Komorov was the first to be killed in actual space flight when his Soyuz One capsule's parachute failed to open during re-entry. Both were tragic and terrible accidents which set back each programs goals and plans. Both nations had wonderful space program exhibits at Expo that gave visitors a chance to learn that whether they were astronauts or cosmonauts, they were incredibly courageous men.
  7. With all of its challenges and incredible problems, the decade of the 1960s was a remarkable time to come of age.
  8. My god, look at that crowd. No wonder Expo topped fifty million in six months.
  9. Well, Calder's work is often a challenge for me, but with Roger's explanation, I don't feel quite so dumb. Roger, when was this relocated to its present spot on Ile Sainte-Helene?
  10. Another great shot. I remember standing next to "Man" in 1967 and struggling a bit to fully understand it.
  11. Great photo! I was in there!
  12. I'm not 100% certain, but I believe Pope Paul did appear on that balcony after touring the pavilion in October of 1965. It was quite late the night of his one day visit--perhaps about ten pm New York time. I remember the grainy black and white television coverage and the massive crowds. Whichever network I was watching also scanned over the Fair and I remember shots of the Unisphere and its fountains. A week later, the Fair was over.
  13. Trees are remarkably bare for downstate NY in late May. Maybe the shots were taken earlier and developed in late May.
  14. In his book, Hard Times, author Studs Terkel chronicles the memories of hundreds of people who lived through The Great Depression. In his interview with Sally Rand (conducted in the late 1960s), Rand describes how she came to be nude and on a horse at the Century of Progress. Rand remembered how difficult the winter of 1932-33 was in Chicago. Along with the brutal weather, banks were failing or closing to avoid failure, shanty towns were appearing in every park, unemployment was hovering near 30% and bread lines were blocks long. Rand was particularly upset when she saw a feature story in a Chicago newspaper describing a dinner and a ball at a city hotel and the accounts of the extravagant food, expensive dresses and all of the extras reserved for Chicago's elite. In the midst of a dissolving economy, the wealthy were celebrating. When the Fair neared its opening date, its success was far from assured. Thousands of locals tried to get some sort of job but they far outnumbered the available positions. Sally Rand was one of those people. She applied for work at a number of attractions but was turned down everywhere. Then she got an idea. The night before the Fair opened, Sally Rand actually appeared at one of the gates dressed (or undressed) just as we see in her the photo and on a horse. She announced she was Lady Godiva. Ms Rand told Mr Terkel, in the interview, that the men at the gate were so shocked to see a naked woman on a horse "that they just assumed I worked somewhere at the Fair." They eagerly opened the gates and as she rode in hundreds of Fair employees began to gather and follow her. Within an hour she found employment in the amusement area of the Fair where she made her fan dance one of the biggest hits of the exposition. She added that the key to her success on stage, whether using her enormous feather fans or a large opaque inflated ball, was her ability to make "the Rand quicker than the eye."
  15. That's the sort of advertising and image that has almost put an end to circuses as we have known them.