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  • Location I live in a small town in Upstate New York, south of Syracuse.
  1. Fun in the wind

    I remember going into that pavilion.  I still have the brochures along with a package of UN postage stamps that I purchased.  
  2. I wonder what she is writing.
  3. Amazing.  I did not realize this connection.  I also found, on You Tube, a Seattle television news film made on the opening day that contains the opening ceremonies JFK's telephone call.  I am also thinking this may contain part or all of what I remember. The interviews with the first fair visitors through the gate seems so familiar to me.  Also, Frank Blair is one of the newscasters and he started working for NBC in 1953 and was on the Today Show in 1962.  There is a reference to this fact as the film begins and that the Today Show will continue to broadcast from the Fair during its first full week.  It has to be the same news story I recall from so long ago.  I could learn to really like technology.
  4. I can actually remember watching the opening day of Century 21 on the Today Show.  I vaguely recall that President Kennedy telephoned a message to the fair directors and I recall people being interviewed as they entered the fairgrounds and being asked what they most wanted to see and do.  Just about everyone said they wanted to go to the top of the Space Needle.  Of course, there were grainy black and white shots of the buildings etc.  I so much wanted to see that fair.  But in 1962, Seattle was a million miles away from New York.
  5. What was the purpose of these things?  It's not exactly what I would describe as attractive. 
  6. The Marine Center

    Bill, Where are you finding these design plans?  And what was this supposed to be (beyond the obvious)?  Who was the sponsor and what was the purpose of this exhibit?  And why wouldn't a proposed marine exhibit be near actual water--like the lake?
  7. That would have been a good addition to the Fair.
  8. Any idea as to where this was supposed to have stood?
  9. Thank you for that information, expoboy.  You make some good points and the 1960s was a decade when Fairs remained popular and cities saw them as a route to international recognition and economic benefit.  It was probably the last decade, in North America, that such ideas existed.  Do you know what exists on the site today?  I mean, what exists there, today?
  10. Interesting but what is meant by "third largest world's fair"?  It cannot mean acreage or attendance.  It is a confusing statement.  The other part of the article that  is confusing is the fact that the battle for a 1967 world's fair was between Moscow and Montreal.  I know Long Beach proposed an idea for a fair and it is even recorded in the 1965 Britannica Book of The Year.  However, was the idea even remotely realistic?  Moscow received the BIE nod in 1960 but withdrew in the spring of 1962 and Montreal grabbed the opportunity to host what became Expo 67.  How realistic was any other proposal?
  11. It's always sad to see that photograph.   How wonderful that pavilion was when in its full glory.  When I visited the Biosphere some years ago, there was an interesting display on how it was originally constructed and then seeing the spots in the dome where the Mini rail trains passed through is always fascinating.  It is the best design for a pavilion that the USA has ever had.
  12. 1961 logo art

    George, I have a pamphlet with an artist's stylized drawing of what Expo 70 would look like.  I have to look in my box of Fair memories.  I found it at the Japan pavilion in Montreal as you did. Jim
  13. Well, another reason why some exhibits were never built--the international ones in particular--is because Mr. Moses battled with and ultimately insulted the BIE.  How incredibly unfortunate.
  14. 1961 logo art

    Wow.  Thank you both for this information.  Any resemblance between this exhibit and the 1964 NYWF is purely coincidental.   Jai Alai?  Really?  Have to wonder who thought up that idea.
  15. The idea of a monorail running around an empty Flushing Meadow Corona Park is ludicrous, of course.  And Irv, your observation about "permanent" is a good one.  Mr. Moses cringed at the very word when it came to that park.  Parks are wonderful things and vital for community well being and FMCP does receive a good deal of use but it sure is not what was intended.  Moses' desire to demolish absolutely everything in 1941 and, again, 1966 left NYC with what exits today.  The fact that neither fair built much of anything with a plan for post-fair use is incredible. This is especially true for the 1964-65 Fair.  Somebody should have learned something from 1939 but that was not the case.  The 1939 plans were duplicated almost exactly for 1964 and the financial losses were almost identical.  And a vast empty park was a result both times as well.