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Ray in Pasadena

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  1. Popularity Coincedence?

    Doug, essentially, what was free came first on the attendees list of places to go. The Fair was overwhelmingly entertaining at practically no cost. It was almost impossible to expect long lines at a puppet show that lasted 35 minutes and cost about the same as the NYWF entrance ticket. I remember seeing "Wonderworld" but I don't remember anything else about it other than the Bell Rocket Belt man zooming across the entire theater. The shows were few in number and not exciting enough to draw the crowds needed for financial success. I was not very amused in the Amusement Area.
  2. Carousel of Progress

    Could this have been the spark of an idea that ultimately gave us "THREE DOG NIGHT"??
  3. Carousel of Progress

    In listening to the NYWF Audio Archive tape closely, there is no reference to the growling dog's name in the final (1960's) scene as presented in 1965 at The Fair. So, Hoodlock, that's why you know the names of only the first three dogs.
  4. The Bell System Ride

    George, the indicator "New York World's Fair Audio Archive c 2000 Raymond Dashner. All Rights Reserved" is currently in effect. Many thanks for the help you've given to others to locate this archive. Please note that there's a few excerpts available to hear at <http://www.expoarchive.com/eradio.html> thanks to Marc Williams.

    Cigars to all who knew it was New York Airways. After leaving Port Authority Heliport they flew to Kennedy, Wall St. Heliport and LaGuardia in that sequence as I remember.
  6. FAQ: The Recordings of the New York World's Fair

    Thanks to everyone that has commented about the Audio Archive. The second tape will be ready soon (Mid October). It will have the "Last Day of the NYWF", a tearjerker to be sure. By the way, we provide free delivery service to Rancho Cucamonga CA and other nearby communities. It's getting to be busier here than at Papa John's Pizza.
  7. My side of the story

    Little known but still connected with the '65 Fair opening was a spectacular party held on Sunday prior to the '65 opening day. This was held at the "Top Of The Fair" Restaurant in the New York Port Authority Pavilion. I was there with my trusty tape recorder. It was a very cold and breezy night. April weather at Flushing Meadows is not exactly the same as Miami Beach. The party was a benefit for the N.Y. Actors Fund and it was attended by many Broadway performers, politicians, and movie stars. I interviewed Robert Moses, Sammy Davis, Jr., Jayne Mansfield and Guy Lombardo. The party was attended by Mayor Wagner, Dan Cartright, Billy Daniels and many others too numerous to list. So, Hoodlock, I was in the Fairgrounds one week ahead of you and I would have camped out inside until the opening day, but the weather was too blustery and I wasn't well prepared. The narrative and interviews will be available on TAPE #2, "The Last Day of The NYWF '65" on October 17, 2000. [This message has been edited by Ray in Pasadena (edited 09-27-2000).]
  8. Community Chat -- give your ideas for topics

    Judging by what's indicated in the past few postings, the topic "Where were the World's Fair Restrooms that you remember?" should be considered.
  9. FAQ: The Recordings of the New York World's Fair

    > Collectible Madness wrote: > Ray - I just received the audio tape of the Fair - I must say Ray, that it has been a major blast to listen to it - I can't do it all at once but it's like visiting the Fair all over again! Many many thanks for the tape. Do you have more recordings that you will be making available this way? LOVE IT! Rick. > Ray - I'm not trying to be nosy (I guess I am though!) - how did you you come about doing this? +++++ I became seriously interested in high fidelity audio around 1948 when I lived in Chicopee, Mass. I was priviledged to be a working student at a local broadcast station (AM & FM) during my high school years. The great exposure to state of the art audio reproduction and recording equipment rubbed off quite well. Over five decades, it was obvious that a great deal of opportunties arose to satisfy the urge to "collect". The N.Y. World's Fair Audio Archive is one of them. > Is it your voice we hear "...we're standing in front of the Bell System..." +++++ Yes, that's me alright, a tall lanky chap trying to be another Edward R. Murrow. > How old were you when you did this and was it cumbersome to be able to do it? +++++ I was twenty-nine at the time. The portability of the UHER equipment made it easy to accomplish. > If you don't have the time to answer - I understand - just fascinated - did you realize the signifigance of what you were doing? +++++ My initial motivation was to simply add some worthwhile material to an already burgeoning collection. Many NYWF hours were recorded (I've lost count). As to the actual significance, I had no belief that I was the only person amongst some 50 million visitors to have done this. The internet and I got together a few years ago, and I recently realized that no such recordings were being offered to collectors. My contacts with Bill Young and Richard Post led me to dust off the tapes. Many Thanks, Ray Dashner
  10. The Federal Pavilions movie ride

    Regarding the interior of the US Pavilion. my recollection is that the public would have had a very limited opportunity to photograph anything that would be considered remarkable. When you entered the theater that showed the film about immigration, you were seated on a plain wooden bench that spanned the width of the theater. The screen was a white rectangle before you. As you waited for the film to begin, Sousa marches played through the loudspeakers. Nothing here to photograph. Upon exiting the theater, you were channeled along a ramp leading to the loading area for the ride ahead. In front of you, the previous crowd that left the theater stood before you blocking the view of the grandstand that they were boarding. You had no idea what the grandstand looked like until it was your turn to enter and be seated. No chance to take a picture of the grandstand itself. You were then hearing the slamming of each metal entrance door by the attendants as each row was filled. You looked around to find something interesting, but you saw the bland interior of a cavernous warehouse. During the ride, you could capture very little on film since the majority of the visual presentation was projected on screens that could not be photographed as you rode by. The interior of the US pavilion was a bare bones structure with no genuine artistic intent. It functioned only as a shell to conduct the ride through it. I do not recollect a gift shop selling anything to the public such as collectibles, postcards, etc. My impression of the exhibit was that is was a bare bones building, with a greenish blue plastic exterior that could not possibly become a permanent structure. No one wanted it in the long term, so eventually it was torn down after the vandals had their day. Ray
  11. Unbeatable answers

    With an attendance of about 50 million in 52 total weeks of Fair operation, that's an average of one-million per week. As I remember, the entrance ticket for an adult was only $2. As I recollect, parking was free. I would certainly have paid $3.00 at the gate with no objection, plus a modest parking fee. The NYWF Corp. should have known that the $1 difference at the gate would not have had any serious downside regarding attendance. They would have made money, unquestionably, at that ticket price. So, they didn't make any money but where's the list of all of the other World's Fairs that did make money? By the way, out of the 50 million attendees, only 2,500 can acquire the audio archive of the NYWF64-65. It's a LIMITED EDITION.
  12. Where Are We All???

    I had a CB radio sales & service business in Farmington Connecticut during the time of the NYWF. My major radio product line was "COURIER" manufactured in White Plains NY. Each Friday I drove to the factory to pick up more radios for my customers. On one trip in early May '64, I decided to drive down to Flushing Meadows area just to get a drive by glance at what The Fair looked like from the expressways around the fairgrounds. It was an overwhelming view. I decided to find mt way into the parking lot south of the Amusement Area. Once inside the gate, I felt like I'd entered the Emerald City. My first visit to the Vatican Pavilion was the most outstanding visual experience of my life up to that time. The Pieta and its setting was an unforgettable spine tingling experience. I made many trips to The Fair in the two year run, recording events on audio tape as I went through each pavilion. I now live in Pasadena California, on property that was once part of the Original Busch Gardens (circa 1906). Please visit my website for a tour of the Gardens. <http://www.home.earthlink.com/~draydar>
  13. We need the Unisphere Drink Recipe

    They're holding out on you. Here's the recipe that will make you want to jump over the Unisphere!! Use a chilled bicycletail glass and pour in one third Grenadine. Against a spoon, gently pour the next one-third "Southern Comfort". The final one third, again poured gently against a spoon, "Johnny Walker Black Label". Light a wooden match and move it slowly over the surface, igniting when you see a light blue flame. Let the flame continue long enough to just warm the edge of the glass. Blow out the flame and notice the swirls taking place at each of the two layers. Close your eyes and count to three! Then it's down the hatch in one fast gulp..... UNISPHERE, HERE I COME!!!
  14. The Federal Pavilions movie ride

    Pure and simple, the outstanding collectors' item for the US Pavilion remains my audio recording which you may hear at Marc Williams "expo radio". Ray Dashner, Chief Historian