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  1. Drums of Africa

    One of my favorite kinds of Expo collecting is the discovery of stories about how the childhood experiences of certain people at World's Fairs inspired them to achieve all kinds of greatness later in life. And this thread reminds me of one of those tales... related to the Drums of Africa at the pavilion pictured above. The full story is at the link below, but if you're a fan of the 80's rock group TOTO (and even if you're not), you're probably familiar with their biggest hit-- "AFRICA," from their album TOTO IV, which won a Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1983. Anyway, that particular song was inspired in part by the late great drummer Jeff Porcaro's visit to the 1964 New York World's Fair. He never forgot being taken to the Africa Pavilion and hearing the drummers hypnotic rhythms-- so those were the beats he recalled when crafting his own memorable drum part for the song. Jeff Porcaro on his inspiring experience at the '64 NYWF And if you're not familiar with the song, here's a link to that, too... "Africa" by TOTO
  2. A good friend alerted me to this fascinating story from Atlas Obscura about the Bell Telephone Pavilion at the 1939 New York World's Fair. I've read before about a breakthrough electronic voice technology showcased there by Bell Labs called THE VODER-- but until this article (which includes an embedded YouTube recording), I'd never actually gotten to hear the device "speak." Pretty cool stuff. Sounds of The Voder
  3. Looks like the frighteningly true story of America's first notorious serial killer is getting a creepy new chapter... Body of World's Fair Killer H.H. Holmes to be Exhumed
  4. Got any plans for dinner?

    My wife and I once enjoyed our anniversary there at a gala dinner celebrating the history of both World's Fairs. It was a great night with a great view. And sigh... I had hair then!
  5. Hello from an old Fair Veteran

    Nice to have you aboard, Ralph! And especially nice to have another West Coaster among us!
  6. Was online trying to get a better idea of what the upcoming Expo 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan really looks like-- since it opens in only 63 days, and virtually all of the photos on the official Expo website are still artists conceptions. And while some of the recent pavilion photos are actually pretty interesting-- I did come across this article about a construction collapse at the site back in November of last year. Apparently a decorative bridge between two buildings fell, and thankfully, no one was injured. Here it is before... And here it is after... And finally, here's an article with a few more details. EXPO 2017 CONSTRUCTION COLLAPSE
  7. This newly published article in the Gothamist may ask and definitively answer the question. http://gothamist.com/2017/03/20/underground_home_worlds_fair_revisited.php#photo-1
  8. I have a copy in my collection of World's Fair films. And I'm not exactly sure why and/or how this entire two hour documentary has been posted in its entirety on YouTube. But here's a link nonetheless. If you haven't seen it, I would highly recommend it. EXPO - MAGIC OF THE WHITE CITY (Narrated by Gene Wilder)
  9. Hello I'm new

    Welcome to World's Fair Community, Andrew. We're happy to have you join us. Hope you enjoy perusing our pages and revisiting your favorite fairs.
  10. Great post today on the Digital Research Library of the Illinois History Journal - a comprehensive and detailed overview of the original Ferris Wheel at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, including actual film of the great wheel in motion. THE FERRIS WHEEL
  11. Here's the 2014 thread that contains Bill's posted photo of the base of the Washington statue with graffiti covering its base. And here's Bill's photo for ease of viewing in this thread.
  12. Architect Philip Johnson's Troubling Past

    Agreed on all fronts, Jim-- though as an Administrator and lover of WFC for a long time, now-- I'm not sure how proud I am of the distinction of posting the "single most disturbing article you've ever seen posted on the site."
  13. This is a lengthy, but sobering article from Vanity Fair, about Philip Johnson, the celebrated architect of many iconic buildings around the globe, including our beloved New York State Pavilion and Tent of Tomorrow from the 64-65 New York World's Fair. Johnson's controversial status as a Nazi sympathizer and supporter is something I knew nothing about before reading it. http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2016/04/philip-johnson-nazi-architect-marc-wortman
  14. Would you go as far as this woman is willing to? http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-35734889?ocid=gnl.ppc.sponsored-post.facebook..KeyWee_March_US&kwp_0=115053&kwp_4=542782&kwp_1=288905