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  1. An excellent picture. The relatively sparse visitors at this moment in time lets the eye roam casually from person to person as one takes in the beauty of the scene, an activity not easily available in a bustling crowd. This iconic view says so much about what the fair was all about.
  2. From today's perspective it is easy to view communications in the sixties as crude and expensive, but considering the imposing limitations and costly equipment mandated by the analog technology available at the time, I think the capabilities were worthy of the period. Picturephones required a lot of analog bandwidth, which was in short supply. During the sixties I was busily involved in the telephone company transition from vacuum tubes to transistors, from low bit-rate data communications to speedier modems and early disc hard drives. In fact, I was involved in beta testing of the first FM data transmission technology replacing the ancient DC pulses of the old teletypewriters. It was a fascinating to experience the birthing pains of a whole new way to communicate.
  3. For me it was a great opportunity to exercise my photography skills in a marvelous sensory landscape, and building an extensive and satisfying portfolio of memorabilia. It was also an escape from the eventual boredom of being in town for months on assignment with AT&T.
  4. Holiday wish

    Either that or an identical twin, comparing it to a shot I took.
  5. Undated view of the Chrysler lagoon

    Partially hidden are the Space Mantis and Carcupine. Out of sight underwater are a great white shark, sperm whale, wreckage of space ship USS Enterprise, and a torn copy of Mad Comics #13 with peanut butter stains.
  6. I may have mentioned that I spent almost a year at Treasure Island attending the Navy's electronic school in 1950. It was a superb educational opportunity. In 1953, if I extended my enlistment, I was offered a teaching position at my old school, but declined because I had had enough military in my career. Twenty-five years later I would return to the Bay Area. The old Administration Building was part of the environment, and some of the GGE statuary stilled survived.
  7. More Mystery Photos

    The chamber was, of course, designed to identify cosmic "rays," not ambient radiation. These are generally muons, created by highly energetic collisions between ions arriving from the sun, or outer space, and earthly atoms very high in the atmosphere. Although they exist for only a fraction of a second, Einstein's relativity shows that the newly created muons can actually reach the ground (space is dilated as well as time). Since the energy of photons from ambient sources are tiny compared to cosmic objects (which have mass as well as velocity), they couldn't activate the chamber. Otherwise there would be a constant roar of sparking rather than the intermittent snapping I observed. One might argue that power supply recharging time could account for the interval between sparking, but I rather expect that the scientific minds that constructed the chamber would want their baby to be as advertised. By the way, not all cosmic "rays" reach the ground, but if you brought the chamber along on a typical airline flight at 30,000 feet, you'd see why there is an elevated chance for cancer among pilots, flight attendants and frequent travelers.
  8. More Mystery Photos

    I dunno, but if by "ray" we mean sparking between the levels of the cosmic ray detector, my slide appears to show several, especially near the bottom of the unit, where there is less competition by the distorted lighted background that caused smears near the top. I recall making an effort to capture an actual event, which came frequently with sharp snapping sounds. My impression at the time was that the chamber designed for GM merely detected a cosmic ray by sparking in a random way, rather than revealing its exact path. Some of the multiple sparks from the same level might be just a feature of the detector's construction, or maybe rapid events that were faster than my camera shutter could differentiate. Sorry I can't be more specific.
  9. Radio Electronics goes to the Fair

    Speaking of old electronic magazines, here are a couple of pages from 'Science and Invention,' April 1922, a Gernsbach publication I have held onto since I found it decades ago (minus its outer cover). This feature should interest Bill Cotter, who, like me, once worked for Ma Bell. It depicts the dawn of network radio, and shows what may possibly be the very building I worked in when I was in New York during the Fair. Don't miss the amusing, exclusively high-class uses planned for the new system, and the ban on "clap-trap" advertising! Boy, did that plan ever flop! On the second page is---not surprising---a Bell System advertisement. I brightened and upped the contrast on the images. Hope the text is readable.

    This has certainly been an eventful year for you, Ray. Do any of the new images add confirmation to the one of you in the Space Park photo? That would be doubly exciting to hear.
  11. Where were you in 1953?

    Twelve years before the Fair, I was in the Mediterranean with the Sixth Fleet. That was the year of the "Great Cephalonia Earthquake," a truly disastrous event for this Ionian Sea Island off the west coast of Greece. I was on the scene two days after the main (7.2) quake that literally distroyed the island and caused the emigration of half its citizens. Using a professional press camera (the well-known Speed Graphic) I recorded some of the devastation. After 65 years (come August 12th) of them sitting in a binder in my bookcase, I delivered these photographs to the Historical and Cultural Museum in the capital city of Argostoli, where I did most of my photography (and where there were 400 deaths and 900 injuries). My package, which included about 30 original photographs and other materials, was received with considerable enthusiasm by the curators. Although Cephalonia's history goes back to legendary times, this museum (part of the city library) covers about 200 years, up to the time of the earthquake. Almost everything on the island was newly built since then. I thought you might like to see a sample of the images from one of my first adventures with a camera. This is the back wall of a four-story building, taken from the front of the structure. I was surprised to learn that this building was the city's library, one of the few rebuilt along original lines. In 1968 the Historical Museum was added in the lower floor of the building, with an entrance to the right of the stairs, now celebrating its fiftieth anniversary. I was also surprised and honored to learn that the museum would keep my package as I designed it, with added translations from English to Greek. By the way, the movie 'Captain Corelli's Mandolin,' with Nicholas Cage and Penelope Cruz, was filmed on Cephalonia, covering their war-time occupation by the Italians and Germans, and ending with the same earthquake I photographed. Based on the book 'Corelli's Mandolin,' one of the experts consulted by the author was the founder of the museum itself.Now a tourist attraction, Argostoli's 2000 year-old history literally ended in 1953, and everything since then is another world. I received, as gifts, two substantial books published by the museum, detailing the early years and the earthquake.
  12. Another cover to review

    I like the publisher's suggestion. It provides a pleasant combination of human sculptures and the soaring familiar mechanical icons. It has the quality of gently leading the eye into the picture and to this and that pleasant object.
  13. The majestic Parachute Jump, 1940

    Huh? Oh, I get it. The Greyhound title is left over from your earlier post.
  14. I don't have much from the fair: the 1965 guide book, map of the fair, and one $2 ticket. And a few slides(!). By the way, M.Onassis, its obvious from whom you inherited your good looks!
  15. Which cover do you like best?

    I agree with Ray. "C" is an iconic choice. Both of the competitor images are overly busy, with really junky elements and little indication of what the pics represent.