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9 hours ago, Bill Cotter said:

Well, it's a lot easier for me to invite people to my house here in LA than it would be for me to invite them to someone else's house like yours.

Well that I agree upon.   

I guess I was thinking about meeting in Flushing Meadows and touring the park.

 

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Bill's point I think hits the nail on the head.    For some of us, it's hard to sustain the same level of pro-active enthusiasm over such a long period of time.    I still check in and post on occasion but because I'm pretty much tapped out in terms of researching and writing feature pieces that Bill kindly put on his wonderful site, the "hunger" if you will has kind of faded and I don't have the sense of new mountains to conquer in terms of what I can learn about the Fair (unless someone were to find some pictures in the BLC of the Sunshine Biscuits exhibit given my family connection to that!) that I haven't absorbed thanks to the wonderful efforts of Bill, Bill Cotter and those who were there who provide me, someone born four years after it closed with the necessary context.       But I always keep the door open to be surprised and check things out and sometimes, it's great to see new members share things with us like the audio recordings of certain attractions that even Ray hadn't done a couple years ago.     So while I may not be too pro-active, I'll always keep looking in!

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Much thanks to those who continue to post new & interesting things.

I'm also on board for a meeting in FMCP in the spring, which should arrive sometime in August, based on this fall.

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Craig, I see you joined on September 10, 2000.  I think that's the date I joined this site as well.  My god, that's over 18 years ago.  Ooops--just checked.  I joined September 11, 2000.

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I love this community. Its members are passionate about world's fairs and the combined knowledge stored here is vast and deep.

The passion is a double-edged sword and eventually it wore me out. Occasionally things got negative, heated. People disagree with the choices you make. Some people stop talking to you. Some people end up hating you. Over the years the hobby started feeling more like a job and my passion waned. I'd look through old posts and wonder if I'd made the right decisions. My social visits became less frequent. I'd check in to ensure everything was running and not recognize the people posting. That's when I decided to hand the site over to Bill C.

Like many have previously stated, the community is still here and vital. Nearly two decades after Bill Y. invited me to join him. That's something to celebrate and be proud of!

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I just want to thank you again, Marc-- for funneling your passion into the original PTU-- for inviting me to be an Admin-- and for graciously allowing Bill to carry the site forward.  I don't post as much as I used to, either. But man, oh man, am I glad the World's Fair Community is still around.

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Again, I have to thank former and current members. 

You should be proud of what you have created.  It takes a special kind of dedication.

 

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On ‎12‎/‎9‎/‎2018 at 10:26 PM, Jim said:

Craig, I see you joined on September 10, 2000.  I think that's the date I joined this site as well.  My god, that's over 18 years ago.  Ooops--just checked.  I joined September 11, 2000.

Jim, I guess that makes us both members of the old timers club.

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I, too, often come to the site and enjoy all the posts. I don’t comment much, but, like T.V.’s Mr Ed, I don’t speak unless I have something to say. One thing I do have to say is how much I appreciate the site and am so happy to have it here!

 

I do find that the ardent passion has transformed, for me, to a happy, comfortable, warmth.  I stopped collecting NYWF items about a decade ago, when I acquired the Christian Science pavilion skylight that is now being reconstructed in my back yard (news on that as it happens – right now it’s a replacement glass and gasket supply question), but that has reinvigorated my passion, but on a different level. Likewise, I spend most of my late fall through spring evenings in my basement, where I am surrounded by my collection, among other things, which gives me the warm fuzzies, if not the mind bending, heart thumping exhilaration I used to feel when approaching the main entrance gate in 64/65. (I use to HAVE to jump up and down while run-walking to the gate, such was my excitement – ah, to recapture that !)

 

Now I am still given gifts all the time by folks (both friends and strangers) who know of and appreciate, if not share, my passion and interest. And as it happens, one of the most wonderful gifts I have ever received is one I got this Christmas, a present from a very excellent watercolorist friend, who has created a gorgeous, impressionistic watercolor of the Tower of Light to accompany my Uncle Ben figure. I share it here because , among other things, this is the community that appreciates and understands how significant these things are, if not to the world, at least to us. 

 

And I do have this to say – thanks to everyone involved in the site, from moderators to posters and lurkers like myself. You have certainly made my last 18 years better, more interesting and entertaining  and fulfilling. 

 

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Well, it's been almost two months since I posted this, and I was hoping that some (or any) of the MIA (missing in action) members would have showed up.

Those are:

Hoodlock (Bruce)

ParkBench

Rose

YaddaYadda

Mike Kraus

Ken Thalheimer

Marc Williams

JMCSweeny

Elizabeth Klug

Mary Ellen 

 

If anyone knows the status of those above, please post.

I'm hoping either of the two Bills would have an idea, as there are a couple of questions that have been bugging me.

 

Confirmed RayinPasa is Ray Dasher.

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"I wish I got to meet Ray Dasher (with his flag raising and days in the park on his Segway..."

 

I had just been thinking of my old friend Ray Dashner and that's actually why i just stopped by - Ray who used to give me tours of the little known backroad parts of Pasadena and indeed took me on a Segway tour. I wonder if his tv show episode is still online. I think i might still have the link. I will have to check. I think i may still have his nywf audio tapes someplace too.

 

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"Mister, why are you carrying around a tape recorder?"

One wonder what memories we don't remember, or have little recollection of but become relevant later on.   I could very well have got off the bus at the Fair, and watched as my Dad paid Larry for the fare, asked some questions and shook his hand, thanking him.  And being a Scout walking over to the Boy Scout exhibit, and shaking hands with Bill and telling him I'm from Massachusetts and maybe I'll see him at the Jamboree.  

One wonders.

 

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On 3/24/2019 at 11:17 AM, sunguar said:

"Mister, why are you carrying around a tape recorder?"

One wonder what memories we don't remember, or have little recollection of but become relevant later on.   I could very well have got off the bus at the Fair, and watched as my Dad paid Larry for the fare, asked some questions and shook his hand, thanking him.  And being a Scout walking over to the Boy Scout exhibit, and shaking hands with Bill and telling him I'm from Massachusetts and maybe I'll see him at the Jamboree.  

One wonders.

 

Everybody and his little brother and their mother asked me a question back then, especially in '65 when i drove the bus. They didn't shake my hand tho, except that guy with the big knife, but that's another story. It irked me at the time, especially the guy with the knife, to put it mildly. I put it all in my big WF cartoon that's now lamentably lost.  When I was back at the fairgrounds in 2001, I think, for one of our worlds fair shing dings, some stranger actually approached me and asked me directions. He must have smelled who I was was. So just for old times sent I let him in the wrong direction yuk yuk yuk!

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On 3/24/2019 at 5:29 PM, worldsfairent said:

Here's a link to Ray Dashner's appearance on California's Gold, the beloved local history show hosted by Huell Howser.

Ray Dashner - Busch Gardens - California's Gold with Huell Howser

Wow that's the one i was looking for!  Ray  brought me over by there in the old original Bush Gardens, now built up with very beautiful houses. We explored some and went in some, and then down to the real back roads of pasadena where we did some  conservation work, and i even did a bit of subterranean caving, a sport i still did back then. I even gave a speech. Some photos are knocking around. He told me Batman lived near there. He was a great guy, extremely personable, wonderful speaking voice. He always told me your money's no good here, Larry. Great guy. I miss him.

I was just telling my friend about watching some local Calif. Tv show in a motel room, Huell Howser's show i think. He was in the home of a couple who were married for a lot of years and every single Valentine's Day the man drew his wife a picture. They were all hung on the wall and framed and she was so proud of them. it was so cute. I wonder if the that show still exists too.

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Larry--

When people paid you for their fare, did they put the money in your hand, or did they just drop it in a "money box"?

Just curious.

 

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They dropped the quarters into the coin box. I had a coin holder filled with quarters so i could give them the change they needed. Say, you're not a Pinkerton r u?

 

 

 

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14 hours ago, Larry L said:

They dropped the quarters into the coin box. I had a coin holder filled with quarters so i could give them the change they needed. Say, you're not a Pinkerton r u?

No, and don't worry.  As Curly Howard once said, "The statue of libertations has already run out."
 

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9 hours ago, sunguar said:

No, and don't worry.  As Curly Howard once said, "The statue of libertations has already run out."
 

I don know, dat looks like a microphone inside dat posey on yer jacket lapel!  Mugs come aroun duh Greyhound pavilion askin questions,  den dey find em sleepin wid duh fishes underneat duh Meadow Lake, see!

 

 

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1 hour ago, Larry L said:

I don know, dat looks like a microphone inside dat posey on yer jacket lapel!  Mugs come aroun duh Greyhound pavilion askin questions,  den dey find em sleepin wid duh fishes underneat duh Meadow Lake, see!

 

 

I would be very afraid of any fish that could live in that lake!

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21 hours ago, Bill Cotter said:

I would be very afraid of any fish that could live in that lake!

 

 

It's a long time ago now, but I was walking around the old fair grounds, at a stream that led into the lake, and I was watching some weird fish surfacing. It had a giant mouth.  I found out what it was but now I've forgotten.  A large mouth bass?

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