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  1. Understandably, "JUST CHAT" allows a wide range of topics to be aired here, including minute details of how the roller coaster at Palisades Park was assembled, the height of the railings on top of The Heliport and other trivia too numerous to mention.

    Now let's review the latest news about baggage costs as you use air travel to get to New York (the next SIP 2008) or Disney World, Orlando or any other destination for that matter. There's going to be a $15 per bag charge when you check them aboard your flight and that's the same cost for the return trip.

    Can you imagine FEDEX, UPS or the Post Office adding another $15 per box to ship it anywhere in the USA? You'll revolt and march on Pennsylvania Avenue!

    So, do this. Calculate the amount you'll need to pay for your baggage (round trip). Go to your bank and ask for an equal amount in rolled coins, preferably nickels and pennies. At the airline counter, pay your baggege fees with rolled coins which of course is legal tender! Imagine a 747 boarding 300 passengers each with two checked bags and it makes you wonder where would they store all of the coinage? How would they manage to move it to the bank?

    Consider the delays at the counter as planes are held at the gates waiting for passengers to board long after the scheduled departure. Imagine the frustration as airline clerks count the money. They may even require you to write your name and phone number on each roll of coins. Guaranteed, the airlines would soon rethink their new ploy to rake money from your wallet.

    Join in by circulating this message to everyone you know, letters to the editor, comments on blogs, etc. Tell the airline travellers to quietly protest this robbery by paying in U.S. CURRENCY!

    Ray Dashner (Building the new Travellers Aid Headquarters).


  2. HEY CURTIS !!!!!

    IT'S ME, RAY DASHNER (pushing to the front of the waiting line). AM I FIRST OR NOT? It's been only two weeks short of SEVEN YEARS that I've been waiting for this. REF: SIP June 2, 2001.

    Is this a record or what? That's longer than three 1964 / '65 seasons of the NYWF itself!

    Where do I send the money?

    Ray


  3. On the same day, three hours apart, we'll have a poolside gathering of West Coast PTU members at my residence in Port Hueneme, CA.

    Ray, Trey, Craig, Al, Randy, Robert and possibly a few others will meet at poolside here for a picnic lunch and a good old fashioned confab about the New York World's Fair.

    For any East Coast attendees going to FMPC, please post a cellphone number (or send a number to me at draydar@earthlink.net) so we can call and talk to you while still on your walk through the park.

    So this time it's East and West PTU gatherings on the same day, but a few hours apart due to the time zones. We should all be here at 10:30 AM Pacific Time.

    All PTU members west of Denver are invited too! Send an email to me to confirm the date!

    Ray Dashner


  4. The restoration of the Texaco map exhibit in the New York City Building (AKA: QMA) will be closing on May 4th. The pre-opening day tour will be during the run of this exhibit, so keep that in mind if you are deciding to join us on April 20. If you can't make it, try to see it on your own. See: http://www.queensmuseum.org/exhibitions/backonmap.htm Note that the exhibit will not be there for the bigger walk on June 22 -- but with live broadcasts, lunch at Hertz, walking, dinner, etc. there will still be plenty to do at the fair!

    On this April 20th walk, I hope to be able to premier the idea of playing Ray Dasher soundtracks as we enter the areas of several pavilions.

    Jim, I think it's very nice of you to include the soundtracks on your Sunday tour. I originally wanted to do exactly that during the original SIP (June 2, 2001) but the organizers felt that the length of some of the tracks would not hold everybody's attention. You'll have to be selective and use excerpts with emphasis on FUTURAMA II, FORD, JOHNSON WAX, etc. which were often more than 20 minutes in their original presentations. I wish I could be there to once again relive the many great experiences that I discovered at the NYWF!

    Ray Dashner


  5. I want to say 10:30 :rolleyes: ..but really either 10 or 11 is fine. We will be driving in from Connecticut, that will be about an hour trip depending on traffic etc. If we start too late we will miss stuff. And we don't want to rush people, since I think we've determined we will NOT be renting Segways for the event. Everyone moves at different paces.

    /Nancy

    Sorry, I can't be there this time. Maybe the next time around, we can all tour FMCP on Segways!

    Ray D.

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  6. I'm wondering how many people have been made to pay those fines and serve those jail terms described in the FBI disclaimer! I've never heard of even ONE!

    I introduced my audio tapes of The Fair early in 2000. Thousands of reproductions have since been in circulation in USA, France, Germany, Thailand, New Zealand, Canada, UK, Netherlands and Samoa. There is no FBI disclaimer. There is a statement of ownership of the copyright of the entity itself. In all these years, no challenge has been made to the fair use of the material, simply because no one can claim that these recordings were made less than twenty five years ago. This last statement was provided to me in a letter from the Library of Congress.

    WHAT, ME WORRY??

    Ray D.


  7. Hi everybody....YES, PTU IS WHERE YOU'LL FIND ME.......now that my LOGIN is allowed with this new PTU format.

    For two months of hospital and nursing home time, I was isolated fron using my laptop since these facilities have yet to advance to the real world of providing an IP network. I'm currently attending therapy sessions enabling me to walk now using a four footed cane. The repair to my right leg consists of a metal ball assembly that is cemented into the femur. Learning to walk again is a quite an experience. However, I can still use the Segway to get around as long as the total time is less than 20 minutes, otherwise, the leg pain begins to set in.

    By June 22, I should be in good shape.

    Thanks to all of you for your encouraging messages. They've been much appreciated!

    Ray Dashner


  8. TO WEST COAST PTU MEMBERS:

    I know most of you can't attend the meeting of NYWF stalwarts on June 22.

    I propose that a WEST COAST meeting be held on JUNE 22 so that we can contact those FMCP folks as they trek through the park via cellphone. Same day... two different coasts!

    My summer residence here in PORT HUENEME, CA has all of the amenities that would make a successful meeting here. There's an enlosed family room complete with kitchen and bar, exercise room, billiards and ping pong tables, heated jacuzzi and swimming pool, barbecue facilities, tables with sun umbrellas, free parking and a free tour of my apartment.

    Since I was amongst the first of us West Coasters at THE FAIR during April 1964, it seems appropriate that I propose this first joint East and West gathering of NYWF fans. Any number can attend, so bring the whole family. Plan to bring your own picnic basket(s) and beverages.

    Every attendee will receive a gift of the latest CD-ROM's, VAULT III......General Motors Futurama.....PLUS the rare recorded voices of the original 50 participants of "Saturday In The Park", JUNE 2, 2001.

    Ray Dashner

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  9. If you decide to do a west coast meet somewhere in the LA area let me know because I would definately be interested in attending. :rolleyes:

    HI CRAIG,

    PORT HUENEME IS JUST A 45 MINUTE RIDE FROM MALIBU/SANTA MONICA LINE ON SCENIC PACIFIC COAST HWY. (CA RTE. #1).

    PLEASE BRING THE UNISPHERE WITH YOU.

    RAY


  10. TO WEST COAST PTU MEMBERS:

    The suggestion of planning a gathering of NYWF stalwarts sounds good to me.

    I propose that it be held on JUNE 22 so that we can contact those FMCP folks as they trek through the park via cellphone. Same day... two different coasts!

    My summer residence here in PORT HUENEME, CA has all of the amenities that would make a successful meeting here. There's an enlosed family room complete with kitchen and bar, exercise room, billiards and ping pong tables, heated jacuzzi and swimming pool, barbecue facilities, tables with sun umbrellas, free parking and a free tour of my apartment.

    Since I was amongst the first of us West Coasters at THE FAIR, it's appropriate that I propose this first joint East and West gathering of NYWF fans. Any number can attend, so bring the whole family. Plan to bring your own picnic basket(s) and beverages.

    Every attendee will receive a gift of the latest CD-ROM's, VAULT III......General Motors Futurama.....PLUS the rare recorded voices of the original 50 participants of "Saturday In The Park", JUNE 2, 2001.

    Ray Dashner

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  11. It would be nice if we could get the exterior 'grade' plotted as an overlay on the middle of these three drawings. Then we could see how much was 'basement' (below grade).

    I believe a couple of years ago it was revealed that the high point of the ride- where the exit and entry ramps were located- and the short ride right after the start- was at a level even with the 'windows' on the front of the facade. Which I would take to mean "2nd floor".

    And from there it appears that the ride 'dove' all the way down into the basement. There is a picture of the 'grade' on that section of the track on nywf64.com.

    On the top drawing, it might be that the elevation of the track is indicated by shading. Black is the highest point, and white is the lowest point in the ride. A 'medium gray' might be at street level.

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    At the time when I first met with Mr. George Kane on the day following the famous S.I.P. on June 2, 2001, he confided in me with many stories of his relationship with the General Motors publicity dept. when he was still in high school. The engineering document that appears on this posting by Randy is only one example of the intricate details of the Futurama Ride. This was originally posted and credited to Mr. Kane and myself on www,nyf64.com and it was the first time that anyone knew the actual track arrangement for the ride. Many other details are included in the GM Engineering Document which Mr. Kane received as part of the initial publicity materials from GM. With Mr. Kane's approval, this document became a part of my VAULT III CD-ROM which has since been viewed by many hundreds of NYWF enthusiasts over the years. RAY DASHNER


  12. As I read the posts above, I'm greatly saddened about David's passing. I never met David, but we called each other over the past four years and had hours of recollections that we exchanged with each other. He was so able to detail even the most minute details of so many incidents despite his bout with failing health. His mentor and "sidekick" was miraculously Robert Moses himself. His love of life included the events at The NYWF which greatly influenced his consistent desire to preserve what could have been preserved! May he rest in peace.

    Ray Dashner


  13. The time it takes to learn how to use a SEGWAY is not more than twenty minutes. Before you can rent one, the SEGWAY rental agency is obligated to provide the essentials to safely ride it! Last August, in Tampa, FL, my sister rode on one next to me for about three hours with only ten minutes of instruction. That rental was priced at $90 for two Model i2's. Go to http://segwaychat.com for tons of information about the SEGWAY!

    Ray Dashner


  14. Thanks to Bill Cotter (Chief Hi-Tech LOGIN fixer), I can now LOGIN to PTU after two months of being unable to do so! Many thanks for the assist, Bill.

    The replays of my Pasadena Busch Gardens tour on "California's Gold" have been going on for at the past three years over the PBS stations in California. Getting to the point of filming the episode, months of preparation went into the production, including a few dozen of my original Busch Gardens postcards which set the mood for the rest of the tour.

    Trey, I reluctantly accept the award for World's #1 Tour Guide, but unfortunatelly, I can't continue those tours as I once could. Those 38 tours of the NYWF was long ago and will never be repeated again!

    On Dec. 16, 2007 I was on my eight hundredth mile of travel on my SEGWAY i2 when without warning, the left wheel hit an obstruction and I spun out, and was thrown down to the sidewalk on my right side.

    My right leg was broken in the fall and I had to be taken by ambulance to the hospital. The next day I underwent an operation to replace the upper end of the femur with a metal ball that fits into the hip bone and attaches to the broken femur. I may not be able to drive for many more months and so I'm confined to my apartment but have visits from therapists every other day.

    So no more tours for me for quite a while until I can walk again.

    Sincerely,

    Ray Dashner

    draydar@earthlink.net

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