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  1. A lucky number in China is 3. So is 3 times 3 (9) and 9 times nine (81). Typical rectangular doors in the Forbidden City have 81 gold knobs. Perhaps the rounded door is meant to suggest the standard door. Notice that there are nine knobs in most rows (3 x 3) and in most columns, until the shape intervenes.
  2. Definitely Coca Cola. Here's more-or-less what it looked like in its regular lighting.
  3. A favorite memory of mine is the Sherlock Holmes theater, where the famous detective amazes his friend Watson by capturing criminals using Boolean "two-valued logic" (i.e. Binary logic). I brought along my tape recorder to document the sounds of the drama. Because the action is somewhat difficult to follow on the recording, I have included abridged text captions here, ABOVE each image (beginning with #4). [Before continuing, I recommend that you study the railroad map next to Watson (Slide #9 gives the best picture). Watson's descriptions and Holmes' "logic" should make more sense.] W: Holmes! The most astounding affair. The Paddington mob has stolen the Glasgow Express! According to the London switchman, a fellow with an OLIVE mustache, the train left London on time, heading east toward us [at Nye] at full throttle. Of course it never got here. Switchman at Wicket, an amusing GREEN-mustached fellow, reports the train has not passed there, either. I say, Holmes, are you taking notes? H: No, just checking over my monograph of Boolean two-valued logic, as used in computing machines. W: The switchman at Babbage-on-Tyne, droll chap with a MOSSY handlebar, said the train DID come to Wicket and went on north toward Glasgow. But Scotland yard can't find it north of Babbage. Seen in London and Babbage, but nowhere else. H: Now look at this problem as a series of simple true or false statements. True or false, on or off, is or isn’t, right or wrong; this two-sided logic can solve crimes, and a crime solved is a criminal caught. Bye the bye, Watson, turn that railroad switch, will you? W: I say, that goes onto a dead-end track! [A train rushes past the station and crashes into a barrier.] [A squad of policemen rushes across the stage and overcomes the Paddington Mob] [The mob is carted off to jail.] H: Clever, disguising themselves as the Southbound Express. W: Incredible Holmes. How on Earth . . . H: Let us attack the problem, in much the same way as one would program for an electric computer. What are the facts? Was the London switchman telling the truth? W: Why, why no! If he had been the train would be HERE [at Nye]. H: FOUR possibilities remain then. (1) Wicket and Babbage told the TRUTH. W: No, no. If the train did not go through Wicket, it could not reach Babbage. H: Excellent reasoning, my good Watson. But suppose Wicket were TRUE and Babbage FALSE. W: Impossible. For if he had not seen the train, WE would have. H: Was Wicket FALSE and Babbage TRUE? W: No, for in that case the train would have been seen NORTH of Babbage. H: Then there is only ONE remaining possibility. All three statements were FALSE, and the Express went WEST from London, passed through Wicket and turned South from Babbage. [And arrived at Nye, as we observed.] W: Oh, fantastic Holmes! Why, those three railroad men have LIED. H: Elementary, my dear Watson. Did it not strike you that each of the three was a man with a mustache of a singular GREEN hue? W: And the leader of the Paddington mob is a man with a green mustache! H: Correct. I suspect we will have a visitor, shortly. Throw that switch again, will you Watson? [A handcar carrying a man with a green mustache screeches to a halt. Holmes aims his pistol at the Paddington Mob boss, using his vehicle to race to the various stations, giving false information.] W: Oh, it’s incredible, Holmes. Paddington Boss: I dunno. Not if you reduce the problem to simple true or false statements. W: Dash it Holmes, how do you ever know so much about computers? IBM Sherlock Holmes.mp3
  4. As the crowd waited to board the People Wall, they were entertained by various artists. The trio shown here are singing "That's What You Get For Loving Me." The song is recorded on the included audio file (1:28 min.). The huge crowd in the People Wall were startled by the announcer descending on a tiny platform. The wall then moved upward into an open slot in the "Egg" and the door closed. The announcer reappeared, and the multi-screen show began, all about decision-making. The included audio file (6:22) covers the program. Warning: The catchy traveling tune may get stuck in your head! IBM Music Entertainers.mp3 IBM Information Machine.mp3
  5. Finally, three views of Medallion City. The first is a striking illuminated artwork of the all-electric city, behind some resting fair-goers. Next are mockups of City Hall and a hospital. The last slide spots G.E. on the Official Map.
  6. In the first slides, people are learning about nuclear fusion, backed up by impressive views of the sun. This is followed by a sequence of slides arranged to show the sequence of the fusion demonstration. Also included is an audio file describing the demo. You might find it interesting to show the last seven slides as you listen to the 2 1/2 minute audio. (That's my voice introducing the action, as you probably will have surmised.) G.E Nuclear Fusion.mp3
  7. Some external views of the General Electric pavilion, plus my take on the Progress Land theater with its rotating audience.
  8. The foot patrol was present wherever you looked. Included here is a brief mp3 walking music file with the sound of Richard Rodgers' "Fair is Fair" march coming out of the ever-resent light poles. World's Fair March.mp3
  9. Whew! Finished at last. Here are some notables and some Bible stories. Prime Minister of Israel, David Ben Gurion, and diplomat Ralph Bunche. George Washington Carver and Albert Schweitzer. \ Daniel in the Lions' Den Nimrod the Hunter. Solomon and the Queen of Sheba.
  10. Wow! Great pictures! I owned a Minox a few years before the fair, and at the time there was only B/W film available (at least in Cincinnati). The color quality here is so good I almost wish I had kept it.
  11. A group of notables. Anne of Austria & The Three Musketeers • Frederic Chopin & (Ms.) George Sand • Doris Day & Rock Hudson Barbara Rush, Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra & Sammy Davis, Jr. in "Robin and the Seven Hoods" Steve Allen, Richard Chamberlain (as Dr. Kildare) & Johnny Carson (A skit from the Steve Allen Show?) The image of Barbara and Bing has a bit of camera movement. (Maybe I was bumped by a drunk.) A blue pool table? Appears to be so, since the overhead lamp shade is green. Maybe that's a European concept. Chopin's friend, George Sand, was an authorist, who tended to dress in male clothing. Her name was Lucille Aurore Dupin.
  12. Bill, seeing your picture reminds me I'm an old man, since I was thirty-three at the fair!
  13. Three prelates, a martyr, and The Boss. Pope John XXIII, Pope Paul VI, Cardinal Richelieu, Joan of Arc, and Madonna and Child.
  14. Used to be one of those. Like George Carlin, I was kicked out for being unhelpful, unfriendly, discourteous, unkind, hostile . . . etc. Reached Star Scout level. Great memories.
  15. I had hoped to have direct proof that the Adam and Eve picture appeared in the Dawn Bible Students exhibit. However, on examining the first photo, the diorama in question happens to be on the end, at an angle that makes identification very difficult. But there is a little indirect evidence. First, the diorama was probably not titled "Adam and Eve;" it could have been other titles. Second, the dominant coloring was blue, according to my original, uncorrected slide, and is suggested by the overall hue of the angled diorama. Third, the tree in the left side of the image can be imagined in the angled view. And Fourth, Adam and Eve would be a natural, given the subject matter of other dioramas.