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  1. I found this photograph of Ile Ste. Helene taken about a year ago. It shows the dramatic changes on the island, specifically the Expo site. I would bet the lone standing Korea pavilion is toast. https://www.alamy.com/saint-helens-island-montreal--canada-image210480981.html I did not catch the specific errors in the Expo article, but I remain aware of the overall concept of what the erasure of Expo legacies does suggest. We've discussed this idea with the two NYWF's as well as other expositions. For example, the demolition of the 1939 Trylon and Perisphere and the fact that the steel was recycled for the War effort flies in the face of the glorious "world of tomorrow" theme as does the transformation of the Times Square Trylon and Perisphere information center into a military recruiting booth. Exposition dreams are often lost when demolition begins. Umm, once again, I am stunned that I have correctly posted a link. Oh my god, you can teach an old dog new tricks. PS: I did notice the endnote about the 1896 exposition. I recall that Montreal did consider hosting such an event about that time, but there was no significant world exposition in 1896. There were several small, localized exhibitions mainly in Europe, but nothing as grand as the great fairs of the era.
  2. The Site Magazine has an insightful article relating to Expo 67 and its physical demise over fifty years. The loss of actual structures reflects the loss of Expo's ideals and hopes for the future according to author Sinisha Brdar. With the completion of the planned transformation of Ile Ste. Helene into a concert venue with a vast open promenade where pavilions once stood, the author's ideas take on a powerful meaning. It can be found at: https://www.thesitemagazine.com/read/back-to-the-future I hope the link works. It's a thought provoking article. Allow me to add: Oh my god, the link actually works.
  3. It has something to do with my computer, I guess.
  4. That's a good point. Few, if any, of the newly built casinos are doing well. Only the three Native American casinos seem to be prospering. Hey Bill, the photo has disappeared (at the top of this thread). Do you have any information on that sail plane? I wonder if it was on loan from the National Soaring Museum in Elmira. It is on Harris Hill which is the location of the first sail plane and glider flights and experiments after the First World War. One of the founders is a pilot who set soaring and gliding records and lived in the small town where I am located. He was a pilot during WW1 and several of his gliders are on display at the NSM and one is on display at Air and Space at the Smithsonian.
  5. It was on METV a week or so ago. I agree, expo boy, it is a brilliant episode and probably my very favorite (well, along with episode 22, "The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street").
  6. The Twilight Zone... Maybe that is Global 33, the jet liner on route from London to NYC in 1961 that broke the sound and time barrier and found itself lost over New York City in 1939 with the world's fair below them . If "you hear the sound of jet engines flyings atop the overcast--engines that sound searching and lost--engines that sound desperate--shoot up a flare or do something. That would be Global 33 trying to get home--from The Twilight Zone." --Rod Serling, February 24, 1961 (episode 54)
  7. The Monticello website is still operating but the place has been hemorhagging money since it opened. There are some indications it is trying to remain open because of the advent of sports betting in NYS, but recent news stories indicate the casino has lost too much money and has closed. None of the recently approved casinos are doing well. Del Lago in Seneca County and Tioga Downs in Tioga County are really struggling. Oddly, the Oneida Nation casino (Turningstone) is doing well and the Oneidas have just opened a new casino called Yellow Brick Road in Chittenango, NY (Syracuse area). Chittenango was the home of L. Frank Baum, author of The Wizard of Oz.
  8. That's a wonderful photograph in so many ways. It's cool to realize that flagpole with the eagle is still there. I love that kid's pose. He looks as if he's trying to look tough and with that hat, he needed to be. It's also interesting for me to realize I stood very near that spot in 1965 for a photo with my sister and parents. I was NOT wearing a hat.
  9. Monticello is still operating. But it has just faced a disaster. Its owners applied for and won a permit to operate a casino. I believe it is the largest in New York which has maybe eight Casios across Upstate now. But Monticello failed and I believe it declared bankruptcy and has closed. The raceway is not affected, but the huge casino, hotel and indoor waterpark are closed. The other photo may be for Vernon Downs which was relatively new in 1964 and still operates.
  10. Poland - 1968

    Without telephone booths where would Superman be able to make a quick change?
  11. Two views of a bridge

    Thank you, Wayne. I stand corrected. I feel like a dope because my flag has a white Unisphere. Thanks for the additional photos.
  12. Oh yes, Bill. Indelible. Sometimes, for just a moment or two, I can actually sense the feel of the late summer air, the Unisphere aglow, the sounds of the crowd, the incredible night time color. But the sensation only lasts for a few seconds.
  13. Total attendance numbers?

    Thank you, Steve.
  14. I wish more Carson shows opened with WF scenes. The Fair needed that sort of publicity boost.
  15. Entering the Fair, September 1965

    My family was there for two days in September of 1965. I keep studying these photos and hoping I spot my family.
  16. Looking across the Fair grounds

    It looks so fresh and new and full of promise.
  17. Total attendance numbers?

    Interesting.' This does help identify the most popular pavilions. GM averaged 90 thousand per day in 1964 and what appears to be 74 thousand per day in 1965 (if I'm correctly reading this). However, one of the most popular pavilions isn't listed in either year. That would be the Vatican pavilion. I wonder why.
  18. I rememeber arriving at the Fair on our second day in early September of 1965. I also remember standing on that platform that night as we departed and looking back trying to absorb every shape and every color. I wanted to remember the view of the Fair forever. So far, I have.
  19. Two views of a bridge

    Funny thing about those flags; they are generic. They don't represent any nation, or state or province. They are merely decorative. I wonder why the Fair didn't fly more flags representing participating nations and US states. The last flag on the right resembles the official NYWF flag but I cannot determine what is depicted in the center circle. It's not the Unisphere.
  20. Looks like a nice night for the fireworks

    It was a windy evening. The flags are billowing and you can see the spray from the fountains. Great shot. Whenever I see an official NYWF flag, I wonder if it might be the one that I have today.
  21. Not exactly an imposing Fair entrance.
  22. One fine day in 1964

    True, Bill, and we've commented on this fact in previous threads. However, this is one of those scenes when one could say that you could fire a cannon and not hit anybody.
  23. In 1964, Hawaii had only been a state for four years as of July 4.