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About xl5er

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    Really Loves World's Fairs

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  1. Tweet with pics of several Homes of the Future relocated post 1933 Chicago Cent of Progress Fair to Beverly Shores, IN, and available to tour one day per year. https://mobile.twitter.com/iowahawkblog/status/1141343726071140354
  2. This is a Tweet showing four photos of exhibits Tweeter David Burge says appeared at IBM pavilion in 64 NYWF. They were seen this week in a museum somewhere in midwest, possibly Henry Ford or close to. https://mobile.twitter.com/iowahawkblog/status/1140969757413453827
  3. Eric, you’re absolutely right. I’m just so completely used to the media treating me like a piñata that I hold my nose and pinch media links between my thumb and forefinger at arm’s length when pasting to PTU. I think Ben Rhodes’ quote holds up... “The average reporter we talk to is 27 years old, and their only reporting experience consists of being around political campaigns… They literally know nothing.”
  4. Yes it is. I see the tweet specifically mentions book, not video. They’re probably trying to hype the sales.
  5. True. The child and name were hypothetical.
  6. Peg and Al Bundy had a child named Seven. He disappeared. They’re probably somewhere with Ritchie Cunningham’s older brother Chuck.
  7. Have you heard the one where an author, an astronomer, and a director walk into a... NYWF Sermons from Science pavilion? https://mobile.twitter.com/chasingmoonbk/status/1136619822979125249 I guess to hear about the disastrous dinner you have to watch the film or read the book, Chasing the Moon.
  8. Up, Up, and Away at TWA Hotel

    I encourage you to do so, speedwell! Wherever you stay will be pricey but won’t have the spectacular space of this unique venue. I was there many times as a kid; even before my cocktail swirling days I felt I was in another world. Plus you get to go inside a Connie! Please go and report back!
  9. Apparently this JFK TWA Terminal refit hasn’t gone bankrupt yet. I listened to video for opening date. Didn’t hear one. I did hear Grand Central called a Station, not a Terminal, and immediately dismissed the editors as bridge and tunnel carpet baggers. https://www.cbsnews.com/amp/news/up-up-and-away-at-the-twa-hotel-at-jfk/?__twitter_impression=tru But for a change, a story used the correct advertising tagline, as opposed to say, “Makes the Going Great.” Here’s some info about the jingle: http://brandedskies.com/2012/01/jingles-twa-up-up-and-away-1967/
  10. Flushing Meadows Corona Park pool is one of many large public pools built in NYC. They’re from that Hoover Dam era of massive public works that, beyond function, incorporate art, history, and a sense of civic responsibility into their architecture. I took my first swimming strokes at the Astoria Pool, also pictured. https://flashbak.com/vintage-photos-of-swimming-in-new-yorks-open-air-pools-367433/
  11. https://www.nytimes.com/1964/05/17/archives/irish-fair-pavilion-dedicated-with-a-challenge-to-columbus.html PS Why is my iPad telling me PTU site is “Not Secure?” SSL problems?
  12. Wonder what the hype and anticipation was like in the run up. I was 7 when NYWF64 opened so I know how a kid felt, but I have zero recollection of opening day itself, or even my first visit! Perhaps I didn’t realize how amazing the fair was until actually visiting. I think the difference between the ordinary world and that shown at a fair has shrunk over the decades. Moving sidewalks and the Eifel tower, the electric lights of the Chicago fair, were vastly different from the ordinary Parisian’s and rural midwesterner’s experience. By 1939 we’d had the Panama Canal, massive western dams, skyscrapers, and photography to spread their images, so engineering marvels were already part of life. The Perisphere was physically huge and no doubt impressive, but the theme, World of Tomorrow, was uniquely forward looking, compared to previous fairs which IIRC were more show and tells, and spectacle. And, oh yeah, Futurama for sure.
  13. Thanks for posting Eric! Glad you have a new favorite. And good to hear from you! Seems like it’s been a long time. Nice photo. Looks like a sea urchin. Took a second for me to remember just how big that thing was compared to Unisphere!
  14. What pavilion? Johnny Carson show

    Boy that’s a good question Wayne! I’m wondering if it’s not a Dutch angle like so many photogs seem to employ to show their creative side. Watched the vid again and there is a sparkle toward middle right. I’m hoping that’s a major clue! Are those vegetation branches on lower left? Putting text in those backlit plastic circles was a common trope back then. Maybe we just can’t see the writing? All shots are exterior I assume. My first thought was the cameraman pointed at a ceiling or awning over semi outdoor event space. Could just be a random colorful light panel some 2nd unit cameraman liked. The faint lines from upper left to lower right across the colored panels are not continuous across cross members, implying to me they are structural, not purely decorative.
  15. Just found out Wells Fargo allows you to personalize your ATM card with an image from their library of photos and designs OR... upload one of your own. Great opportunity to have a Unisphere or otherwise Fair related card in your wallet! This feature was not mentioned in the “replacement card” email they sent. Only found it by coincidentally reading a msg on their app.