xl5er

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  1. Was curious who she was! Thanks, Bill. Boy, Paris sure looks like an interesting place.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. Is that the hovercraft at center? No displacement wake but misty cloud behind, just as I remember and shown in my short home movie clip.
  5. Don't remember the mini Uni!
  6. Known as The Leaning Tower of Flushing, the fountain soon stabilized at that angle and became a tourist attraction. True story!
  7. I have several cassettes recorded from the 9:15 and 10:15 WOR shows. For years my big regret was missing the opportunity to record his sponsor Hal Jackson's final Palisades "Come On Over" commercial jingle, when the Park closed . Enter internet. Now I have a digital copy of the TV commercial including the jingle and Jackson's announcing . And Shep has a deservedly huge internet presence. I read a story of a ham radio guy hearing Shep's call sign and hailing, possibly outting him as Shep (?), only to be met with silence. Guess he likes his private time to remain private. Excelsior!
  8. Knew I should've gotten a WSJ subscription. Link behind a paywall. No prob. Can read dead tree at library. Thanks Bill. As a Stooge would say, Quite a coinkydink.
  9. Does anyone know how Habitat is doing financially now? I assume it is solvent. (Their website offers rentals and purchase but I saw no prices.) Are prices aligned with local valuations? Island location is unique of course but are the ballyhooed 1967 living spaces themselves considered desirable 50 years later; did they at all live up to their promise as, what was their promise again? Was it modular construction? Floorplan variey? Also, core services like elevators and fire stairs: how do you exit a smoke filled maze like that, or is it simple on the inside? Always assumed the name Habitat was some reductionist nod to future lifestyles where offices would be called "Work," like writing Big Brown Bag on big brown bags, but now wonder if it wasn't a sly Canuck reference to "les habitants" of New France. Maybe the architects were Canadiens fans, eh?
  10. Didn't know they considered keeping the ferris wheel. BTW those things are having a resurgence popping up from London to Vegas to maybe Staten Island.
  11. Commode mounted on wall, minimal seam modular fiberglass panel shower, walls and even sink. Combined hot and cold faucet. Recessed lighting. Is that a solid piece molded counter and wash basin? That really was ahead of its time. Might be fair to say Habitat continued on not in housing so much as in Motel 6 and other quick build econo living spaces.
  12. That second Ed looks more lifelike than Ed Sullivan himself did. Still not quite Will Jordan.
  13. Don't recall any views from inside! Maybe at 10 yrs old I was more interested in the outside than interior floorplans, or maybe so was everyone else.
  14. Bill, do you know off the top of your head where that stairway right is heading? Being water borne I assumed the ride was at ground level. TBH, haven't given the pavilion much thought, and after all those years of therapy to remove the aural trauma, I fear a relapse if I scrutinize photos and read mothership descriptions. Modern public facilities have all kinds of mobility accommodations. I don't imagine anyone would design stairways as a necessary obstacle to admittance these days. And before you get any ideas, I'm well aware of today's date.
  15. Whoa that was great Wayne. Thanks! Made my weekend. And to think, these people driving around in their Teslas feel so smug. Most probably have no idea of that baby.