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  1. Information about the Chrysler exhibits and shots of 3D specs for viewing "In Tune With Tomorrow," courtesy of David Burge, 427 SOHC fan, and boss ride enthusiast known to Twitter as @Iowahawk http://iowahawk.typepad.com/iowahawk/2009/05/60-minutes-of-magic.html LAC Museum of Art requested an image of the glasses for an upcoming exhibition so you may want to keep your eyes peeled for whatever that turns out to be.
  2. You're right about that paper mill stink! Reminds me of everywhere in Pensacola, courtesy of St. Regis.
  3. Holy cow I didn't even know they painted it at all much less back in 2015! I missed that memo! Looks like a million bucks! I can't speak for the board but it seems like a lot of the oxygen has left the debate over the TOT. Fatigue, despair and departure of Queens centric members and rabid pavilion fans have sapped the energy from a once lively discussion leaving, maybe not cynicism and utter hopelessness, but a realistic acknowledgment of the bureaucratic leviathan. You are correct: there were lots of discussions about plans. Perhaps you remember PTU people were involved in painting the white and red at ground level back in... 2000 single digits? That was about same time the map was being partly restored. Unless old posts were broken following a board revamp they should be findable, if not through the search window, perhaps by determined rooting through the pertinent forums . Thanks for posting those links! News to me!
  4. Bill, what was the purpose of the free standing poles with the stars? And for any young visitors to this topic, let me mention... the star covered drum rotated.
  5. I feel like an oracle on a mountaintop, a fount of wisdom, a Dos Equis beer spokesman, knowing what that silhouette is in the pavilion upper right. Which is a more self flattering way of saying "old."
  6. ...as well as the coolest font in town.
  7. Good video. LOL at the Derek Flint overturning bed alarm clock.
  8. I was not aware of that! If he's not careful a guy could learn something around here. April 30. Big day, huh!
  9. And I just found out today is National Bugs Bunny Day. He made his first appearance this day in 1938. Pismo Beach and all the clams we can eat! #NationalBugsBunnyDay
  10. That's a great link. I like the "spare tube inventory!" I remember going to maybe Abraham and Strauss to buy replacement tubes for our radio or tv. You had to match the complex pin arrangements. Today in 1939 –NBC begins regularly scheduled TV service in NYC, broadcasting President FDR's NY World's Fair opening day ceremonial address. In an unrelated incident 6 years later this day in 1945, Hitler and Eva Braun commit suicide after less than 40 hours of marriage.
  11. The plot sickens. Print edition of WSJ did not have article. Kismet walked in and on page A10 was a review of a Jane Jacobs documentary film: Citizen Jane: Battle for the City. PTUers will smile at the quote at the end of the short piece, "China is (Robert) Moses on steroids." And the happy ending is...I noticed the 4pm time stamp on the Habitat piece and figured maybe it appears in the following day's print edition. 22 April And so it did. After reading the article I'm even more curious about that structure. The architect's son was Habitat's paperboy and developed his throwing arm by virtue of the 12-story building's elevator only stopping on floors 1-2-5-6-9-10. How did that work out?
  12. Nostalgia. For something unliked. From the local WBIR article... "In 1982, it was a collector's item and if you drank it, you were doubly sorry. One - it tasted terrible. Two - you ruined the value of your collectors item. We're bringing it back on tap so that people can taste it and know that this is a really great beer," said Harrison Collins, a member of the World's Fair Beer team." http://www.wbir.com/news/local/watercooler/worlds-fair-beer-making-a-comeback-35-years-later/432848270
  13. Boy you can both say that again! One consolation, at least in the section on FLW's Fallingwater, is the photos are distorted thumbnails that cannot be clicked to enlarge. So while the site has lots of one stop information, one must still visit other sources. As Joe E Brown said to Jack Lemmon, "Nobody's perfect." I find myself overwhelmed by the deluge of information out there, even without cat vs. cucumber videos. But I will not complain because it could be worse and I could break my glasses like Burgess Meredith in a Twilight Zone. Stumbled on an interesting essay on the site in the January 1945 issue of Arts and Architecture before an article on Piet Mondrian. The editor expresses surprising skepticism about the justification for hostilities of WWII, and also the post-conflict conduct of the US and allies. Reads like something written in the present day by self loathers with black armband views. Easy to forget that the period was hardly one of political unanimity as white blindfold Hollywood leads us to believe.
  14. A podcast I was listening to played a commercial for the internet radio programs and podcasts of US Modernist.com. Sounded interesting so I checked it out. Here's how they put it... "US Modernist Radio is "Car Talk" for Modernist architecture! Listen as the US Modernist Radio crew talk and laugh with fascinating people who own, sell, create, love, and hate Modernist architecture, the most controversial houses and buildings in the world with guests including Kelly Lynch, Michael Miner, Liz Wayktus, Craig Dykers, Paul Goldberger, Susan Saarinen, Eames Demetrios, Raymond Neutra, and more." There is MUCH more than iTunes audio. The site archives digitized architecture magazines from at least 1945. Also, prominent architects' residential works are detailed in galleries of explanatory text and photographs. Seems one goal of the site is to catalog the locations of extant Modernist homes and foster appreciation of the design movement. http://www.ncmodernist.org/usmodernist.htm