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  1. LARRY LIEF VISITS PASADENA

    The New York World's Fair's most well known Greyhound Glide-a-Ride driver, Larry Lief visits Pasadena, California. <a href="http://www.arroyoseco.org/ABhonorary.htm" target="_blank">http://www.arroyoseco.org/ABhonorary.htm</a>
  2. George = ">" Ray = "+" "Fogel, George " wrote: > Hi Ray, > > Your tape continues to amaze me; I've been listening to it piecemeal, the better to appreciate it. ++++++++++++ I'm really happy that everyone so far has such positive comments about this archive. It certainly has no counterpart since nothing like this has emerged in 35 years. > And it is amazing in the way it recreates the feeling of the time and place ++++++++++|+ Don't you get the feeling that you're a tourist all over again? It's the ambiance. You even get to wonder why people actually applauded robots (GE). > (if only there was video to match!!!) ++++++++++++ George, the only video cameras that were available in those days were made by RCA for studio use in TV stations. Sorry, no video recording equipment was made available to the public in 1964. Back then, portable video equipment was not invented yet. > > One thing friends of mine have been asking is how you actually did your taping. > How large was the tape recorder you used? What was the microphone like? +++++++++++++ The attached pictures show the recorder and the leather carrying case. It was made in Germany by UHER (model 4000 Report-L). It was originally intended for use by commercial radio stations for news gathering. The microphone is a wide range dynamic mic. resulting in a frequency response of 40 to 20,000 cps @7.5 inches per second recording speed. The unit has four speeds: 7.5, 3.75, 1.875 and .9375 inches per second. The latter allows an 8 hour tape to be made on one 1,200 ft. double play tape on 5" reel. The dynamic range is 56dB. The low frequency response of this machine made the air conditioning system at GE appear in the background. On all outdoor recordings, the low frequency response made possible the realistic launching cannon sounds for the fireworks display at the "Patriotic Show". > Did you 'sneak' it into the various attractions, or did you carry it in openly. +++++++ In its leather carrying case, no one knew what I was carrying. During many of the actual recordings, I was often walking along not even noticed by anyone. The microphone is very sensitive so it would readily pick up the sounds coming from a wide variety of speaker systems in use throughout the Fair. With very few exceptions, the sounds in each presentation at the major pavilions were all played through loudspeaker systems. > I gather it was a reel-to-reel machine.. +++++++++ Yes, five inch reel-to-reel. Cassette recorders were not invented yet. > ..how distracting was it in use? +++++++++ ZERO complaints. There is absolutely no sound coming from this machine. That could be distracting if there were some repetitious sound, but not this machine. > > Did you ever get negative reactions from pavilion employees or fellow visitors? +++++++++++ NONE!!
  3. Larry Lief Honored in Pasadena

    Former NYWF Greyhound Glide-a-Ride driver Larry Lief visited Pasadena in June. Read all about this noteworthy gentleman's visit to our fair city. <a href="http://www.arroyoseco.org/ABhonorary.htm" target="_blank">http://www.arroyoseco.org/ABhonorary.htm</a>
  4. AIRLINE BAGGAGE FEES

    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).
  5. FINALLY....FOR REAL THIS TIME!

    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
  6. June 22, 2008?

    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
  7. Hello and a Belgian Waffle Recipe

    As you all sit down on a nearby park bench enjoying your Belgian Waffle in the Belgian Village, the sound of the carousel fills the air. http://64nywf65.20m.com/newyork%20En.htm "JUST ONE OF THOSE WAFFLES WAS NEVER ENOUGH" Ray Dashner
  8. SiFLA

    I will be visting Florida during July, so I'm too late for the SIFLA meet. But I can still reminisce about the first SILA back in December of 2004. You can too! Just click here.... http://www.randytreadway.com/SiLA-December_4_2004.html Ray Dashner
  9. GM FUTURAMA

    Just because the General Motors Pavilion was torn down decades ago, it doesn't mean you can't take the ride anymore. Just click here and get aboard! http://www.phrenicea.com/futurama_chip.htm Ray Dashner
  10. Pre-Opening Day tour of Fairgrounds - Sun., April 20

    EVEN THOUGH THE TAPES DIDN'T PLAY, I WAS THERE IN SPIRIT! Ray D.
  11. Pre-Opening Day tour of Fairgrounds - Sun., April 20

    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
  12. Pre-Opening Day tour of Fairgrounds - Sun., April 20

    Jim, I hope that you'll have a fun time at FMCP with better weather than the original opening day! Ray
  13. Poll- SiP June 22

    Sorry, I can't be there this time. Maybe the next time around, we can all tour FMCP on Segways! Ray D.
  14. Whatever happened?

    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.
  15. MIA

    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
  16. SIP Sunday, June 22, 2008

    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
  17. Been A While

    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
  18. Been A While

    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
  19. GM FUTURAMA

    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
  20. David Oats has passed away

    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
  21. PTU Name Change

    IS NOTHING SACRED?
  22. Individuals who visited the Fair

    The list would not be complete unless you addded CAROL BAKER, ART LINKLETTER, LEONARD BERNSTEIN, HARVEY LEMBECK, FRANKIE AVALON, EDDIE ALBERT, BUDDY HACKETT, JONATHAN WINTERS, ANNETTE FUNICELLO, TIPPI HEDRIN, HARRY TRUMAN, JOHN F. KENNEDY, ROBERT MOSES, and BRUCE MENTONE. Ray Dashner
  23. Can anyone ID these pictures?

    #1 is definitely the Chile Pavilion. Here is another shot as posted on my WEBSHOTS ALBUM site. Ray D.
  24. What day did your birthday fall on in 1965

    I was born on October 17, 1935, so I was at the NYWF on closing day, which was also Oct. 17. About 430,000 ticket holders packed The Fair on that day. It was the biggest crowd that I have ever seen in one place! Ray Dashner
  25. Glide-A-Ride Driver goes modern

    Two weeks ago, my friend Larry Lief, (the famous Greyhound driver at NYWF) came to California and spent a full day with me in Ventura, Port Hueneme and Santa Barbara. Larry was given a SEGWAY instructional seminar and passed with flying colors. So, the upgrade from Glide-A-Ride to gliding on a SEGWAY was quite a transition. AND.... there were no confrontations with Dempsey Dumpsters during his travel time on the SEGWAY. Even the Pinkertons stood by enviously watching his progress. Who will be next? "HAVE SEGWAY, WILL TRAVEL". Ray Dashner
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