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  1. 23 1/2 Degrees

    Embarrassed I don’t remember a definitive answer. I always thought the empty South Pacific was placed rightly, facing the fewest viewers at the NYC pavilion. That put the more interesting Africa and Europe and the Greenwich zero meridian facing the long promenades to the Bell System. The sphere also tilts down at a point allowing a view of Europe which would otherwise be obscured from the ground, way high in northern latitudes. Europe is easier to see the further away one stands. But then the asymmetric weight distribution of the continents may also come into play making the orientation at least partly an engineering solution.
  2. Mold-a-Ramas chugging along

    Thanks for posting. Can you provide the aroma?
  3. Chrysler Turbine Car Model Cameo

    Wayne, The plot sickens. A Twitterer says his model came in a different box. I Tweeted whether the shelf holds the box the model came in, or harbors a second turbine car? Not sure if your Twitter machine will let you view this link, but the thread has some other turbine information you might find interesting, or dubious. My Twitter handle is @heartadarkness, using the Burma Jones pronunciation. https://mobile.twitter.com/tyffaniharvey/status/1046934049250529280
  4. Stumbled on this random You Tube and noticed the car to the right on top shelf. I was convinced it was the turbine car even before I spied the BOX beneath it!
  5. Good for you! Great topic. Thanks for letting the board know. As I emailed you in May, I spent years traveling the Caribbean with a St Lucian and got a great inside look at the music culture. I started writing you that anecdote, including our smokey visit to Tuff Gong, but got waylaid by a pulmonary embolism and relocation. Figured you were the only person on earth who’d get a kick out of it. If I get a spare nanosecond I will try to find it. Meanwhile, wanna buy a house in South Miami? You can make your own Sparrow’s Hideaway. Oh and any PTUers, I’m selling my house at appraised value of $425,000, just in case there are any buyers out there.
  6. The fair was the single most formative experience in my life. Dad worked adjacent on the river in Flushing and would be aware of any new aspect of construction and take me for a drive around the highways that bisected and encircled. Week by week the steel girders formed unreal shapes. Then the finished pavilions were lit and we started taking rides at night. Dad had been to the 1939 fair and wanted to make sure I fully experienced this one. Even the lamposts in that place were otherworldly! Don’t get me started on the monorail!! For a solid two years I was a kid waking up Christmas Morning. You know those geese that follow ultralights, or any animal that has a substitute parent imprinted on them during an impressionable phase in their development? Well, the fair had that kind of impact on me. What was the question? Oh yeah. It would take me a long time to explain my interest and then I am sure I could not express my feelings adequately. I feel like I’m grasping a handful of water; the tighter I squeeze the more it leaks away. Like a quasar, the fair pulsates as one of those childhood memories shining just at the limits of comprehension and recollection. I joined PTU probably to learn more about Futurama specifically, but other members shared experiences awakened memories long forgotten. Born in 1957, I was lucky enough to catch the tail end of Freedomland too. So my interest is pure nostalgia for a happy period in my life when I became aware that people were devoting their lives to this thing called The Future. I won’t be authoring historical examinations on Moses or pursuing budget breakdowns, but if any hint of the fair is dangled before me I will happily waddle and flap my wings in pursuit.
  7. Wayne, thanks for posting that Life magazine link. I’m moving, and digging through ancient strata of belongings including magazines. I’ve always enjoyed old ads but was struck this time through by the ubiquity of reel to reel home tape machines. I believe it was a 1969 mag. Not only were there numerous ads for the players but they even appeared prominently in the cartoons. No 1969 home was complete apparently without the twin circles of a reel to reel sketched in background.
  8. Looking back one last time?

    I remember feeling a combination of sadness and puzzlement. At 8 yrs old I could not understand why they had to take all those spectacular space age buildings down. They looked right out of the sci fi tv and movies I was watching. Close the Fair, sure, but destroy everything? Seemed almost spiteful. What might’ve added insult to injury was leaving the sweeping entranceway intact. You could still take the train and get off at the elevated prospect and your eye follow the plaza ramps pictured down and delivering you to... nothing.
  9. Thanks for taking the time to post and take the pics w your unfriendly camera.
  10. Alan Abel

    I read one of those books! Great! I remember on SNL his hawking the Mr Coffee spin off product, Mr. Tea, in which boiled water trickled uselessly through a machine before filling a cup w a teabag placed inside. Prior to SNL the good father added to his sharp dressed priest persona as Rock Critic and Gossip Columnist for the Vatican Newspaper in regular appearances on the Dean Martin Show.
  11. Which one of you pulled this stunt? https://nypost.com/2018/09/28/man-busted-for-stealing-150-lbs-of-waffle-mix/
  12. Alan Abel

    Interesting! Thanks, Jim. I only WISH the nonsense I hear these days was a hoax.
  13. Let's head upstairs!

    NYWF was probably the first place I saw moving walkways. A moving INCLINE must’ve been a real treat for my young self! Like kids having more fun w the boxes Christmas presents come in, some of the most fascinating aspects of NYWF were not the featured exhibits and displays, but the buildings they came in and the logistics and conveyances surrounding them.
  14. The Venetian Resort in Las Vegas has a virtual reality experience set in 1894 among the ruins of the Columbian Exposition. $33 https://www.reviewjournal.com/entertainment/vr-horror-experience-in-las-vegas-set-in-haunted-fairground/amp/?__twitter_impression=true
  15. A VERY different angle on the Fair

    Argh. Thanks Wayne! I’m stuck in the past. First, I meant ROTOR wash, not prop. Second, of course it was a drone! I assumed they climbed up through the center. I’m grateful I grew up w the kind of stupid kids who would recklessly jostle you in situations like that. Such distrust kept me well away from precipices my whole life. More people than authorities publically admit end up falling from, for example, National Park cliff edges and structures. Not including those poor souls doing so deliberately.
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