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Everything posted by Jim

  1. Craig, I think I'm in a lot of old timers clubs at this point.
  2. Craig, I see you joined on September 10, 2000. I think that's the date I joined this site as well. My god, that's over 18 years ago. Ooops--just checked. I joined September 11, 2000.
  3. Cool angle on that photo. GM and Ford were massive structures. I think the photograph captures the limitations 1964 planers had in their effort to conform to the 1939 design of the grounds. It's also evident that the monorail was a lost opportunity. What could have been a people mover and a transportation breakthrough was relegated to the amusement zone and the monorail was little more than a carnival ride.
  4. Say Pepsi Please!

    Now that is a world's fair calibre crowd.
  5. The Transportation Area

    Many eyes seem to be on Sinclair. And is the construction crane in the upper left for the incomplete Hall of Science?
  6. A different angle on Westinghouse

    It makes me wonder, all the more, what happened to that original marker. And speedwell is correct. GM just looms in the distance. It was so massive. I also believe I spot an Alaska flag in the upper right corner of the photograph.
  7. I would bet that if the fountain had been retained intact, it really would be just a bird cage today--a neglected space for crows and pigeons. Not that these birds don't deserve a decent perch but I suspect that wasn't the designer's plan.
  8. I initially offered the flag to the New York Historical association in Cooperstown but they declined saying their focus was on the arts and culture of Upstate New York.
  9. Two NYWF64 survivors

    That is an incredible photo. But knowing what it once was makes it seem as if I'm looking at a skeleton.
  10. PS: I've thought a good deal about the flag. Nobody I know is interested in it so I have made provisions that it go to the New York Historical Society when I croak. I trust that will be a safe place for it.
  11. Two NYWF64 survivors

    Oh, I didn't even notice the sculpture.
  12. Two NYWF64 survivors

    Am I missing something? I only see the Uniroyal tire.
  13. A different angle on Westinghouse

    Pretty cool shades for 1965. And that has to be the glass replica of the 1938 capsule.
  14. That is an identical flag. It appears the flag was flown in many areas of the Park during those years. And Bill, I just don't recall what became of Mr. Whalen's grandson. I'm going back over forty years in memory. Closer to forty five, actually.
  15. VERY LONG STORY SHORT: Nearly 45 years ago I spent my first year of teaching at a small boarding school. One of my English students was struggling with an assignment and I offered to stop by his dormitory room to proof read his essay due later that week. When he opened the door, I was greeted by a massive NYWF flag on one wall. It took my breath away. I asked him how he had obtained it and if he knew what it was. He told me he thought it had something to do with the United Nations (the globe) and that his friend (who was also a student) had given it to him. I explained to the kid what the flag was and I must have fawned over the icon so intently that he decided that flag really meant something--at least to me. To learn more he asked me to meet his friend and we then walked across campus to the dormitory where his buddy lived and the second boy explained the flag had been found in his grandfather's Pennsylvania barn. The upper level of the barn, according to both young men, was loaded with similar items (souvenir items) that had been boxed and stored in that barn loft. Curious as to why there was so much world's fair memorabilia in an old Pennsylvania barn, I asked who the grandfather was. That second boy told me that his grandfather was Grover Whalen. He was well aware of his grandfather's role in the 1939 Fair and said that Mr. Whalen had received a good deal of 1964 memorabilia as an honorary member of the 1964 Fair planning commission. That boy indicated that his grandfather also had a great deal of 1939 Fair memorabilia in the house where his grandmother still lived at that time (about 1976). Mr. Whalen died in 1962 just a short time after watching John Glenn's triumphant parade following his space mission on Friendship Seven. That sort of parade, a ticker tape parade, had been originated by Mr. Whalen many decades earlier. Later that academic year both boys graduated. The boy who had the flag hanging on his wall brought it to the ceremony and offered it to me. I hesitated to accept it but he said he wanted to thank me for the help I'd offered throughout the year and he said he believed the flag meant far more to me than it did to him. It remans the finest gift any student ever offered to me and I've treasured it for forty plus years.'
  16. I have that flag (left foreground) or one just like it. And I agree; that is one big empty.
  17. A different angle on Westinghouse

    That is a wonderful photograph in every way.
  18. 23 1/2 Degrees

    I remember hearing this. It's all rather ethnocentric in hindsight.
  19. Ever visit the "MO" Pavilion?

    For some reason, Montana was the final pavilion visit for my family and then we headed out. I have a few photos of that exhibit and a vague memory or two. The above photograph reminds me that the exhibit lacked any frontier ambience. Those huge power lines sort of suck out any sense of Big Sky country.
  20. Happy Thanksgiving

    It was such a contradiction of images when this balloon passed by those police officers in full body armor and holding powerful weapons. As Old Man Warner says in Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery": "It sure ain't the way it used to be. People ain't the way they used to be."
  21. What is this remnant?

    Interesting photo. It's amazing what grabs people's attention. Those people are as mesmerized by that octagonal shape of stone and cement as if it was an Egyptian tomb or an Toltec temple. It's as valuable an archaeological find to them as Tutankamun's tomb was to Howard Carter. Yet it's a fifty year old remnant of what was once a great exposition. It might as well be the Rosetta Stone.
  22. Let Hertz put YOU in the driver's seat!

    That was just about the time I visited the Fair--August of '65. It would be so cool to have one of those today.
  23. Was that carousel removed to La Ronde for Expo? ]
  24. Boats passing Kodak

    Expo and water; what a beautiful setting it was. Those canals were very cool.
  25. I believe I still do have it and I will look for it. I've saved every Expo item I've ever held in my hands.