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  1. TV Alert:: Philip Johnson

    New York State Pavillion architect Philip Johnson will be interviewed by Charlie Rose on his PBS program today.
  2. 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
  3. 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?

    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
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. Adria Show

    So how did the show compare to previous years and did anyone find any treasure/landfill they want to talk about?
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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.
  16. 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
  17. Did Anyone Visit a Sate Pavilion?

    The 3-4 trips to the fair with the family we always visited the same industrial/transportation pavillions plus NYS and Illinois. The one visit with my friends I vaguely remember the Florida Exhibit having an elephant(?) act. Can anyone confirm this?....Bill.
  18. Disney imagineer Bob Gurr's inside look at the installation of the Magic Skyway as opening day approached......After reading this I wonder if any large construction project in New York City has ever come in on budget and on time....Bill. <a href="http://www.laughingplace.com/News-ID108150.asp" target="_blank">http://www.laughingplace.com/News-ID108150.asp</a>
  19. Saving C.O.P

    If you have warm memories of the Carousel of Progress add your name to the petition to save it at the web address below: <a href="http://www.petitiononline.com/savecop1/petition.html" target="_blank">www.petitiononline.com/savecop1/petition.html</a>
  20. Worlds Fair on "New York" PBS documentary

    Hi Erick, knowing PBS, the entire 7 part documentary will probably be rerun in the not so distant future. Also, the entire documentary or just the last two episodes, which heavily feature Robert Moses, are available for purchase at <a href="http://www.pbs.org....Bill" target="_blank">www.pbs.org....Bill</a>
  21. World's Fair Check List

    How much did the NYWF cost to build and what would that be in todays dollars?
  22. Tower of the Four Winds Replica Sculpture

    The folks at Disneyana were kind enough to let me read the small amount of information they had received concerning the forthcoming sculpture of "The Tower of the Four Winds". No mention of the sculpture's size is given and the price has yet to be determined. Availability of the piece will only be from June 16 to July 31. No orders will be accepted after that date. Delivery of the piece may take up to sixteen weeks from date of order......On a related note a poster of the "Tower of the Four Winds" goes on sale on June 16th.....Sorry there wasn't more info to share...Bill
  23. Tower of the Four Winds Replica Sculpture

    Hi, I'm going to Disneyland on Sunday and I'll see if the folks at the Disneyana shop have any additional information....Bill
  24. He's Baaaaack!

    April Fools comes a bit early this year.
  25. DVD Review and Photos

    At <a href="http://www.mouseplanet.com" target="_blank">www.mouseplanet.com</a> is a review of the Judd Hirsch narrated NYWF documentary. Even better are the accompanying pictures of the pavillions Walt Disney worked on. Enjoy, Bill