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  1. Hi, The Motion Picture Academy will be showing the Oscar winning "To Be Alive" from the 1964-65 New York Worlds Fair at the Samual Goldwyn theater in Beverly Hills on October 2, 2006. Three other Oscar winning documentaries from 1965-66 will also be presented. Here's the link: <a href="http://www.oscars.org/events/oscars_docs2/october.html" target="_blank">http://www.oscars.org/events/oscars_docs2/october.html</a> Finally, after all the discussion about "To Be Alive" I have read at this website, I'll be able to see this film. Bill

    NYC officials are proposing to do in reverse what was accomplished in Atlanta in 1996. There, the Olympic committee built the Olympic stadium with the idea of turning it into a baseball stadium, for the Braves, after the games were finished. What NYC proposes appears to be much tougher. Assuming the Mets don't get into the playoffs; sorry Mets fans; you're asking construction crews to add 35,000 seats to a reconfigured stadium with all the electrical, plumbing and mechanical work to be done in about nine months. Through a New York City winter! Plus the IOC likes to see trial events at new venues to "work out the bugs" (logistical, transportation) beforehand. Both Atlanta and Athens had world class track meets in their Olympic stadiums in the months leading up to the games. Sounds like a recipe for round the clock overtime and ballooning budgets. Of course the time crunch goes away if the Mets agree to spend 2011 and 2012 at Yankee Stadium. Bill
  3. Pepsi/Small World Post Card

    This card was available for sale at the Disney Gallery at Disneyland several years ago. It was issued at the same time as the $300 "Tower of the Four Winds" sculpture which we heard about at the 2001 SITP.
  4. Chunky Candy

    Earlier this year I found chunky candy bars available at the 99 cents store, a local discount chain. After 30+ years it did not disappoint.....Bill
  5. Nice gold dragon pin

    Randy, On page 119 of Joyce Grant's book "NY Worlds Fair Collectibles" is a picture of the Hong Kong dragon pin on its red card. She says it usually goes for $35-40. Bill
  6. Town & Country Motor Lodge

    Hi, Freedomland, located on 200 acres in the Bronx, was going to be the east coast answer to Disneyland. It opened in June of 1960 and closed at the end of summer in 1964. Mismanagement and too much competition(Palisades Amusement Park, Rye Beach Playland and of course the NY Worlds Fair) caused its demise. Everything you want to know about Freedomland can be found at the following web site: <a href="http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/robfriedman/" target="_blank">http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/robfriedman/</a> Bill
  7. Dreams

    In his wonderful history of the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, "The Devil in the White City", author Erik Larson mentions Walt Disney's father, Elias, worked as part of the construction crew. Years later he filled Walt's head with tales of the "white city" he helped create outside Chicago. The Disney connection to World's Fairs goes back further than any of us could have imagined.....Bill.
  8. Gwyneth Paltrow's NYWF Movie

    Rose, Here is the information from author Michael Chabon's web site: "I'm still adapting The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier &Clay for Paramount Pictures and Scott Rudin, the producer of Wonder Boys. Sydney Pollack has attached himself to the project as director". The site hasn't been updated since last September. Hope this helps...Bill
  9. Adria Show

    So how did the show compare to previous years and did anyone find any treasure/landfill they want to talk about?
  10. NYWF 40th Anniversary

    In his column from 1-27-03 Jim Hill (http://www.jimhillmedia.com) mentions the following: (quote)I've also had a few conversations about possibly churning out another book in 2004 which would take a fond look back at the 1964 New York World's Fair, on the occasion of the Fair's 40th anniversary.(Quote) Has anyone heard of other projects commemmorating the fair's fortieth anniversary? Bill
  11. Potpourri

    Mike, Welton Becket did indeed design the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood. Coincidentally, "This is Cinerama" opened there today in the original three screen configuration for a one week run. This is the first film to do so since the theater opened in 1963. Here's a link to a story in today's Los Angeles Times: <a href="http://www.calendarlive.com/movies/cl-et-susan4oct04.story" target="_blank">http://www.calendarlive.com/movies/cl-et-s...san4oct04.story</a> ......Bill
  12. Need a little travel info

    Mary Ellen, There is a six foot tall sculpture of the "Tower of the Four Winds" in a glass case in the Contemporary Hotel on Disney property....Unfortunately, the "Carousel of Progress" is only open sporadically during the year.....Bill
  13. Architect Welton Becket,designer of the GE Progressland pavilion, would have been 100 years old on August eighth. In a career spanning five decades he left a rich legacy of buildings in southern California including the L. A. Music Center, Capitol Records, the Sports Arena and the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Becket died in 1969.
  14. NYC 2012 Olympic Plans

    Jim, The IOC picks a host city seven years before the games are to be held. This is the time for venues to be built and transportation/infrastructure to be updated. Look for the final announcement in the summer of 2005....Bill
  15. Are World's Fairs Obsolete?

    Have theme parks, jet travel and the web made World's Fairs obsolete? Here's one columnists thoughts on the subject. <a href="http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/virgin/66007_virgin11.shtml" target="_blank">http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/virgin/66007..._virgin11.shtml</a> Anyone care to comment?