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About Jim

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  • Birthday 12/27/1951

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    I live near Syracuse.
  1. Good jobs

    This pavilion was a major achievement for Syracuse, my hometown. Syracuse was the headquarters of Carrier Corporation which had relocated there from New Jersey in the mid-1930s. It was the efforts of hundreds of Carrier employees in Syracuse which made this pavilion possible. How ironic that a refrigerator company in the northern city of Syracuse would build a cooling device that would find massive market popularity in hot, humid Southern cities which had histories of stagnant population growth due to the unpleasant muggy climate and frequent outbreaks of malaria and yellow fever in hot summer months. Syracuse's Carrier Corporation gave rise to a population shift and the creation of the Sun Belt. Sadly, Carrier has downsized in the Syracuse metro area but legacies remain including a major traffic rotary near the NYS Thruway known as Carrier Circle and, of course, Carrier Dome, the nation's largest on-campus domed sports arena. That's Willis Haviland Carrier, founder and president of the company which bears his name standing in the center of the photograph.
  2. I don't even remember this pavilion and I realize I must have walked past it many times. It was near Air Canada and NYS. I see Maine in the left of the photograph. In any event, the name, Polymer, must not have sparked the visitors' imagination. I mean, we're basically talking about plastic here, right? The name has all of the charm and curb appeal of New York's Festival of Gas--at least in my mind.
  3. Air Canada!

    And there is the NYS pavilion just to the left. What an eclectic collection of buildings.
  4. My father bought film in there in September of 1965. Oh, there are two more nuns.
  5. A nice home movie from the Fair

    What remarkable footage! The quality is really quite good and whomever made this film really had some artistic sense. It's wonderful. The film captures so much of the daily life of the Fair and it's evident this family saw a great deal during their visit. I think it's equally wonderful that the photographer made introductory slides for each of the major attraction transitions throughout the film. Their trip meant a great deal to these people. This is a gem. Thank you, Bill.
  6. Inside the Masonic Center.

    Any idea what became of this statue? Donald De Lue was a prolific sculptor but this is so very different from his usual style.
  7. I was watching The American Experience on PBS tonight. The focus was on the Loeb/Leopold 1924 murder case. Long considered to be one of the most absorbing and horrifying murder cases of the 20th Century, it was hatched and executed in Hyde Park in Chicago. Loeb and Leopold had privileged lives and came from exceedingly wealthy families living in Hyde Park. One strange fact is that the typewriter used by these two killers to create a ransom note (although the 14 year old victim was dead) was found in a former Columbian lagoon in Jackson Park. Creepy.
  8. There is also The Hyde Park Historical Society. Hyde Park is the residential enclave quite near to Jackson Park (site of the Columbian) and also borders The University of Chicago and the site of the Midway Plaisance where the Ferris Wheel stood. This group has a strong connection to the World's Columbian Exposition and I have seen articles, in past newsletters, devoted to the Ferris Wheel. They may have just what you are looking for.
  9. A Glide-a-ride WAY after the Fair ended

    The Erie County Fair, which operated these vehicles for decades, has many permanent buildings and a campground but I don't see anything to fully determine this location.
  10. Interesting information. Thank you for sharing and welcome to this site. I am old enough to remember that Hemisfair opened just two days after Dr. King was murdered in Memphis. The nation was descending into chaos and grief. I believe the opening ceremonies were somewhat subdued and Lady Bird Johnson attended while President Johnson dealt with so many difficulties and attended Dr. King's funeral. Hemisfair was probably the most positive national event of 1968. The rest of that year was just awful.
  11. The Streets of Paris

    It was a model of an oil derrick for Petroleum Industries. It was a different time.
  12. Dr. King

    As I get older and the decades pass, I may find it difficult to remember where I put the car keys or maybe where I parked the car. I often forget, by afternoon, what I had for breakfast or if I even ate breakfast. Memory can be a fragile thing. But what I do seem to remember are the decisive moments of my youth. Some are frozen in time. I remember, vividly, where I was and what I was doing on the evening of April 4, 1968. Hammering away at some grade ten geometry homework in my upstairs bedroom, I could hear the television in the family room downstairs. I can still hear Walter Cronkite's voice as CBS News interrupted whatever program it was airing. Mr. Cronkite announced Dr. Martin Luther King had been shot and killed in Memphis. I had walked to the top of the stairs when that news bulletin began. There had been so many news bulletins issued by the three television networks during those unpredictable years.. They all brought shocking and, often, tragic news. The news bulletin that sad evening was one of the worst. In the context of discussing great world's fairs, perhaps this does not quite fit. But in the 1960s, the final decade filled with great North American expositions, there is a stunning social paradox between the great fairs in Seattle, New York, Montreal and San Antonio and the civil unrest, urban violence and assassinations that none of those expositions could possibly address. Fifty years is such a very long time. But I have remembered the evening of April 4, 1968 with a remarkable clarity because even at age sixteen, I was fully aware the loss of Dr. King would create a national wound that might never heal. I hope it is acceptable to post these thoughts.
  13. The Streets of Paris

    You are correct, expoboy. I had totally forgotten she was gainfully employed in San Francisco. I love it--her "nude ranch." Another reason why I wish I could have seen that fair. Sally had a real mastery of words (and feathered fans and large plastic bubbles). She often told her admirers who loved her fan dancing at the Century of Progress, that "the Rand is quicker than the eye."
  14. The Streets of Paris

    Great photos. The Amusement Zone was so much more active and popular during 1939-40 than during the 1964-65 fair. The Music Hall, in 1939, hosted the Hot Mikado, with Bill "Bojangles" Robinson. It was popular, but Gypsy Rose Lee was more sensational and everyone knew of her acting "talent" as a stripper. I wonder what Sally Rand was doing in 1940.