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  1. Family Snapshots

    Hi All... Now that I've discovered a free way to post attachments while PTU is being repaired... A very close friend of mine sadly just had a relative pass away. And while going through her effects-- he came across these two snapshots. Knowing of my World's Fair obsession, he kindly gave them to me. And when I told him all about PTU... he also generously consented to my sharing them here for your perusal and interest. I tried to clean them up slightly (both Kodacolor prints had faded quite a bit)-- but otherwise, all I can tell you is that they're each dated "Sept. 65" on the reverse. They seem to be taken at fairly common vantage points-- but knowing you guys, you'll no doubt pick up on any number of other details my 39'er eye will completely miss.
  2. Biosphere

    Here's the link, Jim. And I've deleted your duplicate post. Thanks for sharing this info-- hopefully Montreal will preserve such an important part of its Expo history! Biosphere Fate Uncertain
  3. This is the only official photo I've ever seen from inside the Pavilion-- in this case, of some Washington State VIPs viewing a diorama of the Grand Coulee Dam.
  4. I don't think it's the Japan Pavilion-- here's a copy of their brochure with a picture of the Mt. Fuji photo mural: I wonder if maybe it's inside the Sun Valley Pavilion? At least that one featured "real snow," "mountain scenery," and an Alpine Village theme.
  5. This newsreel made me wonder who the uncredited, perky British announcer was-- and it turns out his name was Leslie Mitchell. He had quite a colorful life and career. Leslie Mitchell - Wikipedia
  6. Need Help From Former and Current PTU Members

    I'll defer to my fellow Administrator Bill Cotter, since he's got much more impressive tech skills than me-- but because the board switched hosts a number of times during its wild west days-- I suspect the answer is no.
  7. Need Help From Former and Current PTU Members

    Welcome back, Glen. You're one of many friends I've made here-- and I'm very grateful for that. I will say one thing about the Facebook groups I'm a part of that are devoted to various Fairs and Expos-- I often find them frustratingly full of incorrect information. I think that's one of the things that first drew me to this website many moons ago. The members here don't just share a common interest in World's Fairs-- many of them have an extremely impressive level of knowledge about their history, planning, construction, exhibits, social impact, demolition, and legacies. In fact, it's hard to name a major World's Fair or Expo that you can't do some kind of deep dive research here on the WFC thanks to the thousands of posts and photos our members have made. Even after the numerous board crashes that unfortunately deleted links and pictures in the past (which may have been a contributing factor in forcing some of its early members to exit)-- in my opinion, this website still remains a preeminent source of factual information on the World's Fairs and Expos of yesterday and today.
  8. Got super excited about this-- until I reached the part about "Mineola Public Library on Long Island." C'mon, Bill-- I thought you were a WEST COAST PTU'er!
  9. Need Help From Former and Current PTU Members

    Here's a link to Ray Dashner's appearance on California's Gold, the beloved local history show hosted by Huell Howser. Ray Dashner - Busch Gardens - California's Gold with Huell Howser
  10. 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.
  11. Anyone experiencing performance issues?

    I've definitely noticed it on the mobile site, Bill.
  12. 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
  13. A Different Kind of Legacy Spotting

    As some of you are aware, I'm much more of a 39-40 NYWF buff-- and won't pretend to know much about 64-65 aside from the fact that I proposed to my wife under the Unisphere and was pretty much conceived there myself (well, not on the actual grounds-- but from what my folks have told me, their visits there were "inspiring.") Regardless, I do from time to time see buildings both in my travels and in my long adopted home of Los Angeles that suddenly make me stop and think-- "Wow. That place looks like it just got airlifted in from Flushing Meadow." And the same thing happened last night on my way home from LAX, when I glanced out my window and finally saw a church I've probably passed a thousand times but somehow never noticed off the 405 freeway. It's called St. Logan's Catholic Church. And although I apologize in advance for the terrible night shots I took (creeping around the edge of the church's chained off parking lot like an idiot at 10 pm) -- it really kinda reminded me of a cross between the Vatican pavilion (obviously appropriate) and maybe the Indonesian pavilion from 64-65. I couldn't really get a decent shot of the steeple, which was particularly reminiscent of the NYWF Vatican, though without the gold. Anyway, I'm sure it must've been built around the same time. What do you think? Ever have a similar experience? Perhaps actual pavilion architects were involved-- or maybe others just borrowed architectural ideas made popular at the fair to build new public or private permanent "pavilions" of their own? Share your photos if you've got 'em. I bet we could build a whole fantasy world's fair out of it.
  14. 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.
  15. Need Help From Former and Current PTU Members

    Couldn't agree more, Bill. Long Live the World's Fair Community!
  16. 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.
  17. Happy Thanksgiving

    Reminded me of the infamous (and dangerous) death of another Macy's Parade dinosaur back in 1997. RIP Barney! Barney Balloon Pops
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. Based on Ken's great post-- here's a few modern day shots of what remains.
  23. 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
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