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  • Location I live in a small town in Upstate New York, south of Syracuse.
  1. It was announced yesterday that President Obama has selected a site in Jackson Park in Chicago for his presidential library.  It is estimated that construction will be completed by 2020.  That parks's rich history just got even richer.
  2. A lawsuit waiting to happen

    Were orange cones invented in 1964?
  3. A lawsuit waiting to happen

    Yikes.  That thing could be deadly.  Bill, remember that scene in "It Happened At The World's Fair," when Elvis goes to the Fair medical station after Kurt Russell kicks him?  The nurse (the woman in whom Elvis is interested) is shocked when Elvis tells her he tripped on some "broken pavement" on a Fair street.  She reacts as if he told her there was radioactive material lying around in a big heap near the Space Needle.  Imagine how that woman would react to something like what we see in this photo.
  4. I remember when every masthead had that statement:   New York's Picture Newspaper.  That's been gone for a long time.
  5. Night time in the Industrial Area

    That really is a wonderful shot.  It could have been taken yesterday.  One can even see the beams of light from the tower as well as the flags near the fountains.    Just one thing; where are the people?  The streets are empty.
  6. Mystery boat

    There had to be a boat launch on the lake somewhere even if it was just a ramp leading into the water.  That thing looks like a small motor boat, no more and no less.  Or maybe it was just launched from its  trailer off one of the parking areas.
  7. Candela Structure Marilyn Monroe

    Very cool...
  8. That's a great find.  I like the Century of Progress logo on the reverse.  If it was really just $5, that's a good deal.
  9. A visit to FMCP on July 4, 1971

    Good thoughts, Eric.  I would add "Death Wish" to that first list.  But "The Taking of Pelham One, Two Three" creeped me out for years and I had a nagging fear of riding Metro North from Rye into the City. To the second list I would add "The Out of Towners" with Jack Lemon and and Sandy Dennis.  It highlighted the problems of  NYC in the late 60s but in a very funny manner and all filmed on location it was made at a time when NYC was still glittering.
  10. Architect Philip Johnson's Troubling Past

    The article really does not indicate that Johnson was "genuinely ashamed" of his past support of the Nazi regime in Germany.  In fact, it states he hid from it and may have used the influence of Nelson Rockefeller to erase the facts relating to his fondness and support for the Third Reich and for Long and Coughlin.  What is most disturbing about Johnson is that he was more than a bit player.   He was an active and outspoken supporter of fascism both in Germany and in the United States.  He provided an actual means for the bitter, anti-semitic Coughlin to rise to political power.  It always stuns me to learn that someone who has never seen war, first hand, someone who has never put on a uniform to serve in the military, can so enthusiastically support war as Johnson did in 1939.  He celebrated war.  He was thrilled when Germany invaded Poland and it was easy for him to feel as he did considering that invasion was never going to interrupt his life.  It is as equally confounding as his support for a fascist dictatorship where, had he been a citizen of Germany in the 1930s, he would have been in violation of the laws due to his sexual orientation and subject to imprisonment and possible execution.  What is it that he was celebrating?
  11. A visit to FMCP on July 4, 1971

    The only recognizable thing in the photo, to me anyway, is the copy of the Declaration of Independence on the front of the podium.  The photo of the Time Capsule monument is shocking and a hell of a commentary on the economic decline of NYC and NYS.  This shot was  taken just six years after the Fair closed and just about four years before the City of New York tottered toward bankruptcy.  When I think about it, I really disliked the 1970s.  
  12. Architect Philip Johnson's Troubling Past

    Oh, I certainly don't mean that as a reflection on you.  I meant that statement as a way to express my shock at the depth of Johnson's involvement with the Nazis and with those two American demagogues.  Your post is illuminating and thought provoking even if the information is disturbing.  This is why we are all a part of this site--to learn even if it is not an easy lesson.
  13. Architect Philip Johnson's Troubling Past

    That is the single most disturbing article I've ever seen posted on this site.  I had heard of his "admiration" for all things Nazi but Johnson's tight bond with Long and then with Coughlin are shocking.  I did not know this.  Long was  thug and a murderer.  Coughlin, wrapped in his clerical garb,  was as dangerous a demagogue as this nation has ever seen.  The Catholic hierarchy had a very difficult time reining him in but it's a good thing they finally did.  Coughlin's anti-semitic comments were quoted by Hitler.  What is always most complicated about these sorts of revelations is how Johnson, who did not make any effort to hide his sexuality, could even think of supporting a regime that made homosexuality a crime with an attached death sentence.  Other than some form of self-loathing, it's difficult to fully understand such a point of view. Johnson's admiration of Albert Speer is also disturbing and the description of his design for Coughlin's speaking venue is just as grotesque.  I also dislike the thought that Nelson Rockefeller may have run interference for Johnson but I have read this idea before and this article adds more weight to that theory.  I am glad that you posted this but its revelations are vile on so many levels.  It's unfortunate Johnson was able to simply erase his own biography for all those years after the War.
  14. A visit to FMCP on July 4, 1971

    Bill is correct.  It still stands in what was the Transportation Zone of both Fairs, I believe.  It is a partial geodesic dome that was used at the People to People exhibit devoted to Winston Churchill in 1965 and moved from its original site to its current location to be a bird sanctuary.
  15. A visit to FMCP on July 4, 1971

    Blue and orange rain barrels--nice touch.  I totally agree with Xl5er.  That topography was and is strange.  It is so vast and so oddly empty.  Anyone with an ounce of curiosity would have to wonder what once happened in that park, why the roads exist as they do.  That map of the park is equally bizarre.  It looks so temporary and makes absolutely no reference to what exists at that time nor what once existed.  I remember those years.  After 1965, the Fair just disappeared--from the park and from all discussion.  It just ceased to exist.  Maybe because it lost money or because Moses became persona non grata or because the national culture so dramatically changed--whatever the reason--the Fair was just gone and all but forgotten almost as if it had been an embarrassment.  And the park which may (and that's a hugely qualified may) have looked good in June of 1967 when it was turned back to NYC, had become a shabby and easily avoidable dump by 1971.  My god, holding whatever that ceremony might be in front of a blighted and worn out Federal Building creates a really rather pathetic scene.  It looks as if some grammar school kids set up a booth and planned to sell lemonade. A few years later, I found an article in the Times about Flushing Meadow Park.  It was entitled, "The World Is A Lonely Place If You're A Unisphere."  The author recounted why the Unisphere exists and what it was like when surround by massive floodlights, great throngs of admiring people and flags smartly snapping on their poles.  And he used the current forlorn feel of that great monument standing in an all but abandoned park as a metaphor for the loss of the wonder and glory of the Fair.  I would not like to see the place altered and and its traces to 1939 and 1964 erased.  But as it still remains fifty one years after its final fair closed, it really is a peculiar piece of urban geography. PS:  That concrete plaque with the Federal eagle is a joke as it stands there rather in the way.  Something once formed a facade on the outline of that faded eagle.  One can see the bolt holes.  Now that's the very definition of forlorn.  It reminds me of all of those Nazi era eagles scraped clean of their evil emblems and just left on the sides of hundreds of buildings all over Germany--buildings that were once so important.  One can look and wonder what significance the eagles might have had but never be quite certain.  Oh, and I see El Cid signed his name to that rather strange map.  That's a nice touch as well.