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Doug Peterson

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About Doug Peterson

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    Century 21 Exposition
  • Birthday 08/01/1952

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    Rancho Cucamonga, CA, US
  • Interests
    World's Fairs (naturally), vintage toys, Lego, obituaries (and the ends of things in general), movie comedy teams, computers and computer gaming.
  1. Happy Birthday to our own Randy Treadway!

    Happy Birthday, Randy ... with thanks for everything you do for the site as well.
  2. Happy Birthday to our own Bill Cotter!

    A touch late to the party here, but HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BILL, and EDDIE1957, too.
  3. World's Fair in Lego

    Thank you very kindly for the link. I have had a fascination with Lego for years and -- now that I'm retired -- my wife and I are both getting into building as a hobby we can both enjoy. ( I guess that makes us VAFOLs: Very Adult Fans of Legos! )
  4. New - Thank you for having me

    Welcome aboard!! This is a truly phenomenal resource with lots of good people in attendance. Here's hoping you enjoy it all. (P.S. My sister-in-law is a Seattle-ite as well, and works at the Seattle Center.)
  5. General Motors

    At least one other thing -- aside from the pavilion's sheer size -- noteworthy in this picture is the highly stylized 'G' and 'M' appearing high on either side of the entrance. A quick google for "General Motors logo history" does not return any matches for the letters in the image, which leads me to wonder if there were specific design constraints when it came to corporate identifiers at the 1939-40 Fair. It would appear (to my untrained eye) that there was an attempt made to keep the signage consistent with an art deco-type aesthetic here. Can anyone shed some light on this?
  6. Happy 1940!

    As beautiful as the Art Deco styling of the 1939-40 World's Fair was (and there's no denying how harmoniously it all came together) there was also a certain sameness to the various designs that the 1964-65 Fair avoided. The Trylon and Perisphere notwithstanding, it seems that most of the iconic structures are from the latter Fair, although that could simply be a product of 1964-65 being more recent and still more within the current consciousness. Just out of curiosity, which Fair was (in everyone's opinion) the greater triumph strictly on an architectural basis?? (For what it's worth, I vote for 1964-65.)
  7. The panorama commeth

    Randy -- The building was (of course) closed during the demolition of the Fair, but subsequently reopened with the rest of FMCP at some point thereafter, although the exact date isn't at my immediate fingertips. In fact -- once it had reopened -- the "helicopter" portion of the panorama was still in operation, as I rode it prior to 1971 when I left New York for college. ( I was unsure of that particular recollection, but it was confirmed by another member in a different thread. ) That being said, I'm not sure that the ice rink ever took up the entire structure, as it seems like the panorama was on roughly one-half of the ground level with the post-ride observation deck on the second floor above.
  8. The panorama commeth

    Just to clarify, the building was from the 1939-40 Fair, but the panorama was new for 1964-65. I remember it very fondly (especially the "helicopter ride" portion, which was subsequently removed), and was wondering ... As I recall, the panorama had some limited "animation" -- planes taking off and landing, etc. -- is that still an active feature of the model or is it completely static nowadays? Either way, it would be great to see it one more time.
  9. For the Freedomland fans

    I made it to Freedomland several times as a pre-teen, but never felt "immersed" in the various themed areas as Disneyland (by comparison) manages to do so well. I wonder if that feeling would have changed had it survived and matured, or if it was something in the basic concept that was fatally flawed in that respect.
  10. A different angle on General Motors

    I was watching a YouTube video of Futurama II last night, and it appears that all of the ride elements (models, displays, etc.) were separated from the riders by glass partitions. This does not appear to be supported by the picture at the top of this discussion, nor is it in keeping with my own memories. Since GM interior shots are fairly rare, can anyone either confirm or refute?
  11. Stressed out? Need a place to relax?

    Based on Bill's picture, it appears that the stones were on small hills around the pond (which I presume to be long gone). To leej07: Are the contours of the original Garden of Meditation still in place, or was the whole area graded flat, and the original stones repositioned on the "new" terrain? Just curious.
  12. Pop-Up Book

    I'm jealous! Congratulations, though. I hope your Christmas was a great one all around.
  13. New Member, Hi

    Better late than never. Welcome to the forums!
  14. Holiday Greetings

    Best wishes for Christmas and the entire holiday season to everybody on the forums!
  15. Why Was the Fair a "Failure?"

    Robert Moses' personality notwithstanding (no opinion either way, really), I'm not at all sure that the absence of a BIE sanction had a significant impact on the Fair's success. Moreover, it may have indirectly contributed to the lasting impact that the Fair has for us to this day ... Given the fact that industry (both domestic and international) had to step in when many foreign governments chose not to defy the BIE, the 1964-65 Fair took on a distinctly "forward-looking" theme. It was truly a space-age exposition affording the attendees a tantalizing glimpse into the future, and became a model in the minds of many of what a World's Fair should be, for better or for worse.
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