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  • Birthday December 24

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  1. Having seen this film at a screening late last year, I can tell you without hesitation that it's not to be missed. FACE OF A NATION: What Happened To The World's Fair? is not only an extremely thought provoking, and deeply personal examination of America's past and present relationship with Expos-- but also with the rest of the globe. Highly recommend.
  2. Anyone experiencing performance issues?

    I've definitely noticed it on the mobile site, Bill.
  3. A Different Kind of Legacy Spotting

    Just a little update to one of my favorite old PTU/WFC threads about Fantasy Fairs. Sadly, many of the original photo links are busted after too many past board crashes— but thought those of you who contributed to the thread would be interested in seeing the latest development at the Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea. World’s Tallest Abandoned Hotel Lit Up For Propaganda Purposes
  4. Need Help From Former and Current PTU Members

    I just want to thank you again, Marc-- for funneling your passion into the original PTU-- for inviting me to be an Admin-- and for graciously allowing Bill to carry the site forward. I don't post as much as I used to, either. But man, oh man, am I glad the World's Fair Community is still around.
  5. Need Help From Former and Current PTU Members

    Couldn't agree more, Bill. Long Live the World's Fair Community!
  6. Need Help From Former and Current PTU Members

    I think Mr. Young nailed it mostly on the head. But I think there's another reason a lot of people have drifted away from the PTU/WFC site. And that's Facebook. When this amazing board first started-- Facebook, not to mention all other forms of social media-- quite simply didn't exist. This was literally one of the only online repositories of information related to World's Fairs and Expos-- and probably the most exhaustive, at that. But once Facebook came along-- and specifically, its various fan and special interest pages began to blossom-- I suspect it drove a lot of traffic away from us here. Nevertheless, I still don't think there's a better one-stop shop than the World's Fair Community for virtually any fair you can think of-- from 1851 to 2025-- and I am deeply proud to be one of its Admins. This site has directly inspired my professional work (CSI:NY, PPIE) and brought me a great deal of personal joy for many years.
  7. Happy Thanksgiving

    Reminded me of the infamous (and dangerous) death of another Macy's Parade dinosaur back in 1997. RIP Barney! Barney Balloon Pops
  8. Would truly love to have been at the 1893 WCE. But I did at least make it to Expo 2010 in Shanghai. And bused in or no, I can absolutely say I've never been any place more teeming with people in my entire life.
  9. On October 16, 2010, Shanghai Expo 2010 claimed a single-day attendance record of 1.03 million visitors, with a grand total of 73 million visitors. Sources: ChinaSmack - Expo 2010 Single Day Attendance Record ExpoMuseum - Expo 2010 By The Numbers New York Times - Expo 2010 Total Attendance Figures
  10. This episode of the late, great Huell Howser's PBS program "California's Gold" features all kinds of cool film, photos, and facts about the Pan Am China Clippers and their regular landings at the GGIE. Highly recommended for both classic aviation and Treasure Island fans. California's Gold - China Clipper
  11. Found a cool article about Victor Lundy, the architect who designed those iconic inflatables which topped the Brass Rail food stands at the 64 New York World's Fair. Victor Lundy's Space Flowers
  12. Based on Ken's great post-- here's a few modern day shots of what remains.
  13. Coventry Charred Cross

    Great pix, Bill. Because Coventry Cathedral just turned 100 this month (after a few centuries as St. Michael's), I thought it might be interesting to add this link to your thread. Coventry Cathedral - Then and Now