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About Glen Schultzberg

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  • Birthday 09/20/1969

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  1. Need Help From Former and Current PTU Members

    Submarine weapons system designer? Wow, just when I thought I knew all there was to know about you, Bill!
  2. Need Help From Former and Current PTU Members

    Wow Bill, I knew you were a CA guy, but even after all this time I had never heard about you living in Pittsfield in your past! You really DO learn something new every day!
  3. Need Help From Former and Current PTU Members

    Thank you sunguar! I was born and raised in central MA! Other than some time in the Army I spent the first couple decades of my life in Uxbridge. Then spent a couple of years in Shrewsbury. When my wife and I got married we lived in her apartment in Worcester for a few months before buying a house in Auburn. We were there for nearly a decade before moving out of central MA to Brookline, MA in 2012. I'm sure that's more than you wanted to know, but just figured I'd share! I worked at the Worcester Public Library from 2001-2009 and in 2004 (to coincide with the 40th and 65th anniversaries of the NYWFs) I was able to put a bunch of my "stuff" into some display cases on the second floor. They usually only let you leave stuff in the cases for about a month, but since there wasn't anything scheduled to replace my stuff (and I suppose also because I WORKED there!) I was able to leave my display up for about three months (June, July and part of August)! It was pretty neat to have so much of my collection that was normally packed in boxes in the attic out on display! The only problem was that the display area on the second floor didn't get much foot traffic, so I don't think too many people ended up seeing it. I didn't join PTU (WFC) until 2006, so I wasn't able to share the news here at the time, but here's a thread about it from 2006. Also, it was fun to find out that someone else here had found mention of my display and it actually WAS reported here in 2004--before I was even a member! Finding that out later made me very happy indeed! Of course the photos are no longer there. I'll have to see if I can find them somewhere...
  4. Need Help From Former and Current PTU Members

    That is GREAT to hear, Bill! I knew that those things weren't generally too much of a problem, but was kind of giving credit for to the board (and its members). It's great to know that our administrators are actively keeping this a wonderful place to be. Thank you for all you do!
  5. Need Help From Former and Current PTU Members

    ****WARNING: Long, Rambling Post Alert!**** Thank you, Trey! And I think this response might be indicative of what happened to so many of the regulars around here. When I came back and saw this thread I kinda made a promise to myself that I would come around more often and keep up with everything going on in the forums. Then...a month-and-a-half passed before I came back and saw your post above! No excuse, it's just what it is. The interesting thing about a community like this is that the one thing we all know about each other is that we all have at least ONE thing in common. And the whole point of this site is to celebrate that common interest. But of course we all have complete lives that contain so many other interests, commitments, responsibilities and so on... I'll bet many former members still (and always will) have that passion they feel/felt for the Fair, but other things just had to take precedence. I might try to reach out to a couple of the people mentioned in the OP to see if they might drop by to check in. We'll see if I actually get around to doing that! Trey, I also consider you a good friend, and am ever-thankful to this board for "introducing" me to you and so many others who I wouldn't have met otherwise, but who I now consider to be friends (yes, even if it's only an online friendship). When I first discovered the board I had only been "into" World's Fairs for a few years. At first it was exclusively 1939-40 (as I believe was the case with you at one point as well, correct Trey?). Then it spread to 1964-65. As mentioned earlier I was born a few years after the 1964-65 NYWF gates closed for good. So, unlike many of the original members, I had never had the opportunity to actually attend the Fair. But The wealth of information that everyone had and the passion for the subject really drew me in. I lurked for about a year and didn't actually join and start posting until someone here actually posted about ME when I had put up a display of my collection at the Worcester Public Library for the 40th anniversary of the '64 Fair (and 75th anniversary of '39). I quickly went from a "newbie" who knew practically nothing about the Fairs into being at least well-versed in the subject. Friends and family probably considered me to be an expert on the Fairs, but I knew the true experts were here. Like Trey mentioned, Facebook groups are riddled with inaccuracies that you don't really find here. If something incorrect is stated someone will more likely than not correct it. The FB groups are kind of like Wikipedia, while the WFC feels a bit more like a true encyclopedia, even if it is being "published" by its members. While I've rarely find myself visiting over the past few years, I love the fact that I can still get here by typing "pea" into my computer. It still autofills "peacethroughunderstanding.org" and clicking that STILL brings me here (yes, that DOES also say something not so good about the age of my computer, but that's another story). I feel that old name really did mean a lot to the board beyond being the theme of the Fair. There really did seem to be a lot of peace and understanding between members. It was like a micro-version of what the Fair proposed to accomplish--on a small community scale. Like I mentioned above, we all have different things that mean something to us, but we all have the Fair(s) in common. If we started veering from that (as is likely to happen in Facebook or other places) I'm sure that peace would have been short-lived. The few members who would come along and seem to only want to cause trouble or start something (ie: trolls) would quickly learn that this community didn't go for that. They'd usually calm down and join in on the fun--or possibly be banned. I can't say I've ever seen much in the way of politics being discussed here, and that makes me glad. Politics are extremely important, but also extremely polarizing. And, obviously, that's not the reason I come here. Sorry, I got long-winded once again. Oh well, that's just what I do I guess!
  6. Need Help From Former and Current PTU Members

    Two things to add: first, I just noticed that you're location is listed as MA. That's where I am too! Second, since you first discovered the board in May of last year I feel I should say Happy First WFC Anniversary to you!
  7. Wow, that's incredibly cool! I missed out on the auction, but wouldn't have been able to afford it anyway. The listing says that the seller ended it early because it was no longer available. Wonder if someone made an offer and they took it? I agree that I probably wouldn't classify that as being in "very good" condition, but considering how rare it is it certainly does seem to be complete! Hope it ended up in a good home with a Fair fan!
  8. Need Help From Former and Current PTU Members

    Thank you, Bill. Feels like coming back home!
  9. NYT Redbird Subway Car Reefs

    Okay, so New York Subway cars aren't specifically "relics" or "legacies" of the Fair, but a certain model (the Redbird?) was introduced around the time of the Fair (and I think a lot of people associate them with the Fair). And they certainly transported many, many people to the Fair when they were new. Anyway, if you'll forgive the fact that calling them a legacy might be a bit of a stretch, I found this story from Atlas Obscura was pretty fascinating. I'm sure the retirement and decommissioning of the Redbirds was covered here (just didn't have time to research the topic), and I also seem to recall someone posting about the project that would dump the cars into the ocean to create artificial reefs. This story goes over some of that same information and gives a look at what the reefs look like today. And for some odd reason it's kind of neat to know that the Redbirds have survived so much better than the Brightliner cars! Photographing the New York City Subway Cars that Retired as Artificial Reefs
  10. Need Help From Former and Current PTU Members

    Wow, I know this thread was mainly meant to be a search for a number of core members and former regulars who have "disappeared" over the years. But just stumbling on it now, this has been a great little trip down memory lane as well as a chance to do some catching up myself. Thank you for starting this and asking your questions sunguar. I wasn't an original member, but I officially joined PTU in 2005 after lurking around as a visitor for a year or so. SO even though I wasn't here when it all began, it's kind of amazing to think that I've been a (relatively inactive for some time) member for about 14 years now! Being born a few years after the Fair closed I always felt a bit like an outsider and always kind of felt like a "new" member no matter how long I'd been around, but I guess now I'm an old-timer myself! Anyway, there was a time when I was very much a regular here on the boards and am happy to say that I've met a lot of friends here (even if they were and remain only online friends). I think that the question of what happened to all the regulars was perfectly answered by a few people when this thread first started, so I won't reiterate what has already been said. I know that for me life simply shifted and I kind of lost touch with the board for various reasons. The Facebook groups are something very different and could never replace the true community feeling found here (or the wealth of great information), but it's true that it's so easy to get caught up in what happens at Facebook. I get regular notifications about someone posting or responding to something new there and just never seem to find my way back to this site. I still check in every once in a while, but by the time I've gotten somewhat caught up on posts I have to move on to something else before I get a chance to post here. I miss the old days, but am very happy to have so many "friends" from here who have also been willing to become friends with me on Facebook. It's not the same, and I wouldn't consider it a replacement for what we have here, but the fact that on Facebook we get to see what our Fair friends are doing on a day-to-day basis in real life let's us feel the friendship on a different (not better or worse, just different) level. I love seeing posts from Bill C., Trey, John McSweeny and others who I never would have even known if it weren't for the shared interest in the Fair that we all share and that first got us connected via PTU. I can't say why any of the people sunguar listed in the OP don't visit here regularly (or at all in some cases), or why they still have not responded on this thread (in my case I'm JUST seeing it today!), but I know several of them are indeed in the '64-'65 WF group on Facebook. I always mean to check in here more often and start posting again. But I always mean to do a LOT of things that I simply never seem to find the time to do. It wouldn't be surprising if some of the others have fallen into the same pattern. As has been said, when people first discovered there was a whole forum dedicated to the '64-'65 Fair (and eventually to ALL World's Fairs) it was a very exciting thing to be a part of. So many stories were shared, so many connections were made, so many questions were asked and answered. People do move on, but obviously there are still a lot of the original core group that are still here. When I first became interested in World's Fairs the '64-'65 NYWF had already been a part of history for about 30 years (I was a bit late to the party). It's kind of amazing now to think that the Fair took place over half-a-century ago, and that this board (and its origins) is about twenty years old itself! Thinking about stuff like that always kind of blows my mind. I know I wasn't one of the members you were looking for sunguar, but thanks for posting this and giving me an opportunity to blab on and on for a bit here for the first time in quite a while. Hopefully I'll be around more from now on. Time will tell...
  11. Visiting Disney World!

    That's a great point Randy. Despite the constant need to try to keep up with the times much of Tomorrowland still has that old-time feel to it. I'm sure that's disappointing to many, but for people nostalgic for the Fair and that time it's priceless. I forgot about the Peoplemover! That's another retro-feeling one, and of course it goes past that diorama of that city of the future, which always makes me think of the Futurama! Thanks for the welcome back Bill. I've poked around a bit from time to time, but I need to make the time to really get back to this wonderful community!
  12. Visiting Disney World!

    Hi everyone. I haven't been on the board for a while (I need to get back into reading all these wonderful topics again), but wanted to check in and mention that my wife and I are taking our daughters (5 and 9) to Disney World tomorrow (it should be a great big beautiful tomorrow indeed!). It's been a few years since we last visited and I'm looking forward to the world's fair aspect of the whole experience. I wasn't born until a few years after the 1964-65 NYWF closed and have never been to a world's fair/expo, so this is the closest I've been. While pretty much everything about a trip to Disney World is great and I'm excited to have the opportunity to see my girls experience the magic again while they're still at "that age", I'm also very much looking forward to seeing all the NYWF and world's fair-ish aspects of the parks--like The Carousel of Progress (which I'm hoping will be open while we're there), It's a Small World, the Hall of Presidents, the monorails, and of course, the whole world's fair-inspired layout of Epcot! My older daughter was just in a school play of Mary Poppins, so I'm also going to make sure I point out all the Sherman brothers' music that she'll be hearing. Does anyone have any additional pointers as far as things in WDW that are either from the Fair or have that world's fair feel to them?
  13. Want a really special souvenir?

    I can't imagine that these things show up very often on eBay, so I'm assuming that this is the same machine that Bill started the thread with. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=231225842100 This is a pretty amazing thing to imagine (as that's all I'll ever be able to do with something as expensive as this) owning! To not only have an actual PIECE of the Fair, but to also have the ability to create genuine (except for the new plastic I suppose) BRAND-NEW 1964-65 NYWF memorabilia is kind of mind-blowing. I guess people had better be careful in the future if they see listings for mint condition NYWF Mold-A-Rama Unispheres that look brand new--they just might be!
  14. When the World Came to Queens - video presentation

    Great! I'm glad it's now available. Thanks Bill (I saw the link over at Facebook too). Obviously I still wish I could have actually been there that day, at least now I can see your show. Oh, and thank you to Ryan Ritchey too of course!
  15. A world's fair mystery solved!

    What an awesome story Bill, and what an awesome end to a 50 year mystery! Of course it really wasn't much of a mystery until you presented the photo of seemingly random people that, naturally, got PTUers thinking "I wonder who those ladies are?". It seems very appropriate that the mystery was solved on the anniversary of the opening of the Fair too! Thanks so much for sharing that with us. Speaking of the anniversary, I was very disappointed not to be able to get out to FMCP for the anniversary festivities (especially the opening of the NYSP and your presentation).
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