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1964 -- In March, Japan's Sony Corporation claims to perfect the world's first all-transistorized (no vacuum tube) desktop electronic calculator. Quite a hit when it was displayed at the 1964 New York World's Fair, their model MD-5 was capable of 8-digit computations and used magnetic (transistorized) switching with a Nixie tube display. <a href="http://www.vintagecalculators.com/html/history_of_electronic_calculat.html" target="_blank">http://www.vintagecalculators.com/html/his...c_calculat.html</a>

1964 - The Kodak Pavilion at the New York World's Fair was one of the ten largest buildings at the international exposition. The "Tower of Photography" featured the largest outdoor color prints ever exhibited. <a href="http://www.kodak.com/US/en/corp/aboutKodak/kodakHistory/milestones33to79.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.kodak.com/US/en/corp/aboutKodak...nes33to79.shtml</a>

FF390 Sculpture for Reflecting Pool for West Virginia Pavilion at New York World's Fair -- Photographs -- 1964- 1965, for more information contact; mailto:jbenford@andrew.cmu.edu

With Neal Cassady, hero of Jack Kerouac's beat generation classic, "On The Road," behind the wheel, and a pitcher of LSD-spiked Kool-Aid in the refrigerator, Kesey led a group of friends known as the Merry Pranksters on a 1964 trip to the New York World's Fair.

The journey was documented in Tom Wolfe's 1968 account, "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test."

43.13.17 Records relating to the New York World's Fair (1964-65)

Motion Pictures (2 reels): Voyage to America, 1964. SEE ALSO 43.15 <a href="http://www.archives.gov/index.html" target="_blank">http://www.archives.gov/index.html</a>

The World's Fair of 1964 introduced the sixty ethnic communities of Jackson Heights. In the years since, the Borough of Queens has become the most diverse ethnically in the nation. Community United Methodist Church of Jackson Heights decided to be and build a new multi-language congregation. The largely European congregation decided to change as Jackson Heights changed. <a href="http://www.jacksonhghtsumchurch.org/html/millennium_building_campaign.html" target="_blank">http://www.jacksonhghtsumchurch.org/html/m...g_campaign.html</a>

Two recent acquisitions are the World's Fair displays currently located at the site of the former Tanglewood Day Camp in Lynbrook, NY. They have been on that site for the past 30 years. On February 13, we cleaned up and prepared the displays for their move to Mitchel Field. The Alco FA-1 cab section and the rear end of an observation car were used by the LIRR in their pavilion at the 1964 World's Fair and are two of the most well known pieces of rail equipment on the Island. We had wondered why a locomotive that was less than 17 years old had been cut up for the display. As the paint was being scraped off of the right side we found several places where large pieces of steel had been replaced, as well as a place on the pilot beam where the curve of the metal has a noticeable jog in it. It would seem this locomotive had been involved in a fairly major accident and was retired because of it. If anyone has any information on this locomotive (former New Haven #0402), and its history, we would be grateful to hear from you. <a href="http://members.aol.com/belpaire/progress.htm" target="_blank">http://members.aol.com/belpaire/progress.htm</a>

It was all the period when the late Alvin Alley would watch us rehearse. That was before he started his company. We would present modern jazz groups and they perform with us. We started the Olatunji Center in Harlem then (1967). That was our first home- the center had been operating but without a specific home, using different spaces. Before that, we formed at the World's Fair, 1964, 1965. We were the first African group in this country to perform at the World's Fair. The audience at the African pavilion was the most popular one at the Fair. The money I made there, I used to open the Center. I couldn't buy a building though so I had to pay $15,000 a year for to rent a loft space. Coltrane was one person who was sending $250 every month to help. <a href="http://www.furious.com/perfect/olatunji.html" target="_blank">http://www.furious.com/perfect/olatunji.html</a>

Verdi's Requiem was first performed by The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1920 and has appeared on programs at regular intervals since that time - including a performance in 1964 at the New York World's Fair that coincided with a commercial recording of the work that is today considered a classic of the LP era and still widely-praised. <a href="http://www.philorch.org/pr_season_announcement_20010129.html" target="_blank">http://www.philorch.org/pr_season_announce...t_20010129.html</a>

The Rt. Rev. James Stuart Wetmore, Suffragan Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New York from 1960-1987, died December 28, 1999 in the Lutheran Care Center, a nursing home in Poughkeepsie, New York. He was 84 years old. Bishop Wetmore was the longest serving Suffragan Bishop of the Diocese of New York which was founded in 1787. He chaired the group that founded the Council of the Churches of the City of New York in 1960 serving as one of its Directors from 1962 until his death, and he chaired the committee that created the Anglican Church's exhibition in the 1964 World's Fair held in Queens. <a href="http://www.province2.org/gv-w00c.html" target="_blank">http://www.province2.org/gv-w00c.html</a>

The American Museum of Immigration on Liberty Island was to be opened in time for the New York World's Fair in 1964. American Museum of Immigration opened on, May 17, 1968 <a href="http://www.cr.nps.gov/history/online_books/stli/adhi2.htm" target="_blank">http://www.cr.nps.gov/history/online_books.../stli/adhi2.htm</a>

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Good stuff, Hood.

I don't know how Sony could claim an all solid-state calculator, when it's display device was a Nixie tube array. Nixies are vacuum tubes! However, television makers claim their products are solid-state, too, but they're not. (Picture tube)

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Survey the historical background of the Sermons from Science series, covering the origins and development of, Sermons from Science <a href="http://www.wondersofscience.org/sfs/HISTORY.HTM" target="_blank">http://www.wondersofscience.org/sfs/HISTORY.HTM</a>

1964 New York World's Fair Coaches

For the 1964 New York World's Fair Greyhound bought 100 vehicles, inc. 40 SDH5302. After the fair, they were to go Pacific Greyhound for San Francisco commuter runs, but instead they were sold. Pioneer Bus (Houston, TX) took 10 and ran them without renumbering. Rapid Transit of Houston took over Pioneer, but didn't renumber the buses. Houtran (Harris County) took over from Rapid Transit and sold the buses to BC (Vancouver Island Transit Ltd.) in Victoria. <a href="http://www.taylornoonan.com/notes.htm#note_2" target="_blank">http://www.taylornoonan.com/notes.htm#note_2</a>

Artists! Illustrators! Doodlers!

Winners will receive a complimentary "I Have Seen the Future" pin from the 1964 New York World's Fair. <a href="http://www.phrenicea.com/contest.htm" target="_blank">http://www.phrenicea.com/contest.htm</a>

Hall of magic <a href="http://www.uelectric.com/pastimes/pot15suppliment.htm" target="_blank">http://www.uelectric.com/pastimes/pot15suppliment.htm</a>

My largest collection of **** happens to be 1964 World's Fair **** . I have T-shirts, pennants, a silk scarf, drinking glasses, a cracker tray, salt and pepper shakers, ashtrays, dishes, plaques, a license plate, a board game, maps, bus schedules, guide books - and other **** I can't even remember. I got most of it for nothing, or next to nothing.

I used to think it was because I couldn't be bothered finding someone to buy the stuff. But I realize now it's because I need my World's Fair **** to survive.

From radio personality Chris T. WFMU-FM 91.1/WXHD 90.1 <a href="http://www.wfmu.org/~christ/survival.html" target="_blank">http://www.wfmu.org/~christ/survival.html</a>

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"My largest collection of **** happens to be 1964 World's Fair **** ."

Well said, sir!! Eloquent and articulate. Describes me to a "T".

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quote:

Originally posted by Hoodlock:

1964 New York World's Fair Coaches

For the 1964 New York World's Fair Greyhound bought 100 vehicles, inc. 40 SDH5302. After the fair, they were to go Pacific Greyhound for San Francisco commuter runs, but instead they were sold. Pioneer Bus (Houston, TX) took 10 and ran them without renumbering. Rapid Transit of Houston took over Pioneer, but didn't renumber the buses. Houtran (Harris County) took over from Rapid Transit and sold the buses to BC (Vancouver Island Transit Ltd.) in Victoria.


"Want More?" on the buses?

bct_van_3955.jpg

1964 GM SDH-5302

#3955 is seen retired in May 1991 at the Port Coquitlam Transit Centre. It was found a couple years later parked in a yard near Downtown Seattle. Some more notes about this bus: ex-Pioneer Bus Co. 294, Houston, TX in 1975, nee Greyhound Corp. (Worlds' Fair), Chicago, IL 294. To Oakridge Transit Centre 3955 in 1983. Retired January 5, 1990. World's Fair Coaches

http://www.natransit.com/photo/bc_van/

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Over the police scanner, the Turtles pick up a report of a sudden break-in that is being perpetrated by characters whose descriptions match Shredder, Bebop and Rocksteady.

Meanwhile, Krang informs Shredder that the site of the old 1964 World's Fair would make a great hideout. Krang believes that the pavilion housing the Hall of Science might still contain equipment that they can use to conquer the world. <a href="http://www.ninjaturtles.com/cartoon/guide/cart171.htm" target="_blank">http://www.ninjaturtles.com/cartoon/guide/cart171.htm</a>

Don't ask,

A Master Chef, his triumphant fried monkey brains in pickled kumquat sauce won the gold medal at the Paris World's Fair in 1937. He repeated this at the New York World's Fair of 1964 with the unforgettable scorpion/maggot casserole with hot fudge sauce. He has made extraordinary seven course meals using only a toaster oven and an ice pick. For those who prefer more standard fair, he cooks a mean, lean cheeseburger. <a href="http://www.xmission.com/~emailbox/chap11.htm" target="_blank">http://www.xmission.com/~emailbox/chap11.htm</a>

This tracked was designed with banked corners, the capacity for assembly of the spectators was approximately 5,700. The first of this type, that was constructed especially for Helldriving and Auto Thrill Shows. <a href="http://stuntdriver.com/awf1964.html" target="_blank">http://stuntdriver.com/awf1964.html</a>

The top five on WABC's play list, as broadcast from the World's Fair May 5, 1964

1. Do You Want to Know a Secret - The Beatles

2. Hello, Dolly! - Louis Armstrong

3. Love Me Do - The Beatles

4. My Guy - Mary Wells

5. Ronnie - The 4 Seasons <a href="http://musicradio.computer.net/Surveys/1964/surveymay564.html" target="_blank">http://musicradio.computer.net/Surveys/196...rveymay564.html</a>

The arrests of the Farmer group were made by club-bearing New York City Policemen, assisted by club-poking Pinkerton men. <a href="http://www.scc.rutgers.edu/njh/1960/civilrights/worldtar.htm" target="_blank">http://www.scc.rutgers.edu/njh/1960/civilr...ts/worldtar.htm</a>

People wall <a href=" 17566.jpg" target="_blank"> 17566.jpg</a>

A small but interesting photo of Harold Lehman, Coca Cola Pavilion <a href="http://haroldlehman.com/present.html" target="_blank">http://haroldlehman.com/present.html</a>

The Kroffts started in show business as puppeteers. Their "Les Poupees de Paris" adult-styled puppet extravaganza played continuously somewhere in the world for eight years. "Les Poupees de Paris" went on to become the sensation of the 1962 Seattle World's Fair and played to 200,000 people by the time the Fair closed. When the New York World's Fair opened in 1964, "Les Poupees" duplicated its Seattle success and during the second year in 1965 played to jam-packed audiences for 12 performances, 7 days a week. <a href="http://www.vicksburg.com/~pegasus/trivia.htm" target="_blank">http://www.vicksburg.com/~pegasus/trivia.htm</a>

The ball shown here is three feet, seven inches, in diameter and is said to weigh 2,000 pounds. It was one of two such balls sent in 1964 by the National Museum of Costa Rica to the Central American pavilion at the New York World's Fair. <a href="http://www.harvard-magazine.com/archive/01ja/ja01_dept_treasure.html" target="_blank">http://www.harvard-magazine.com/archive/01...t_treasure.html</a>

Pop quiz, what national event was held in the Texas Music Hall in 1964?

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I believe this has been posted before, however it is worth a second look. Click on the right button, sit back and enjoy. <a href="http://www.theelevatormuseum.org/special_exhibit/motion/motion1.htm" target="_blank">http://www.theelevatormuseum.org/special_e...ion/motion1.htm</a>

Truth be told, the show actually starred the fourth Lincoln figure built by Disney. The first figure debuted with the Fair opening, the second was a spare, the third was "revised" for the second year of the Fair and the fourth... Main Street U.S.A. <a href="http://www.disneylandthenickeltour.com/mrlincoln.htm" target="_blank">http://www.disneylandthenickeltour.com/mrlincoln.htm</a>

July 22nd, 1965 had been designated as Transit Day at the World's Fair. Did you know that this day was the start of the Transit Museum? <a href="http://rapidtransit.com/net/thirdrail/0011/64wf7.html" target="_blank">http://rapidtransit.com/net/thirdrail/0011/64wf7.html</a>

In 1963 Con Pederson had written and directed a short film at Graphic Films Corp. for the 1964 NY's World Fair, and Doug Trumbull was one of the artists on it. He had done a lot of the space stuff on the film, called TO THE MOON AND BEYOND. It was a double 70mm projection on a dome, sponsored by Cinerama and KLM. They had built this theater and they built the projectors, but they didn't have anything to project for some reason. So I submitted to Graphic Films a little piece we thought might be doable. It was based on traveling up and down the scale we were familiar with, from space to the atom. So we did that in about four months, it was really a rush job, and we got it out in 70mm, and nobody knew was it was actually going to look like in the dome. Anyway, Kubrick had been to the World's Fair and had seen that and was attracted to our company. <a href="http://www.vfxhq.com/spotlight98/9804c.html" target="_blank">http://www.vfxhq.com/spotlight98/9804c.html</a>

He also believed that the structure of a twentieth-century building devoted to exhibiting science should be clearly visible. Consequently, his design bent a single, relatively thin (one-and-one-quarter feet) eighty-foot-high wall into ten gentle undulations, the first two and the last two overlapping with enough space between them to form an entranceway. Here, a thin wall did the work of a thick wall using the same principle that makes a curved piece of paper stand more firmly than a straight piece of paper. <a href="http://www.asci.org/lightform/hall.html" target="_blank">http://www.asci.org/lightform/hall.html</a>

I worked as a freelance graphic designer. My biggest account was the Polynesian Pavilion at the New York World's Fair in Flushing, Long Island, where I designed everything from pavilion signage to menu covers. <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/mscorp/artcollection/exhibitions/sep_dec/roger3.htm" target="_blank">http://www.microsoft.com/mscorp/artcollect..._dec/roger3.htm</a>

1964 The Highty-Tighties marched as the opening band for the New York World's Fair. <a href="http://www.vtcc.vt.edu/unithomes/ht/history/hthistory.htm" target="_blank">http://www.vtcc.vt.edu/unithomes/ht/histor...y/hthistory.htm</a>

One of his favorite items is an autographed copy of a photo of former student Billy Joel and his band, the Lost Souls, on their way to the 1965 World's Fair. <a href="http://www.lihistory.com/9/hs920c.htm" target="_blank">http://www.lihistory.com/9/hs920c.htm</a>

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Answer to pop quiz- National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Award Show- the Emmys.

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Highlights from, <a href="http://theologytoday.ptsem.edu/oct1965/v22-3-article2.htm" target="_blank">http://theologytoday.ptsem.edu/oct1965/v22...-3-article2.htm</a>

In the article "The Day Pop Art Died," Katherine Kuh maintains that on the opening day of the World's Fair, April 22, 1964, "Pop art died a natural and undramatic death, inadvertently eliminated by Robert Moses when he turned the New York World's Fair into a gigantic spectacle that out-pops all competition. . . .

Katherine adds…

Edward Durell Stone designed the Billy Graham pavilion which is reminiscent of a cheerful Howard Johnson restaurant. The pavilion features a film entitled "Man in the Fifth Dimension" and mingles the features of a travelogue with a pungent monologue attesting to man's inability to put either God or a mother's love in a test-tube. Those wishing to make a decision for Christ are invited behind the fifty-foot wrap around screen after the feature film.

George Nelson said…

The planners of the New York World's Fair are using the 1939 plan . . . a scheme which was already out of date twenty-five years ago. The official reason for this respectful nod to tradition was that there were miles of streets, water pipes, sewers, underground wiring, and so on, which could be recovered, thus reducing the risk for the investors. Unhappily, when work began, it was discovered that most of these valuable services had vanished forever in the bottomless mud and they had to be (put) in all over again. . . .

In an interview at <a href="http://www.trekgalaxy.com/newsextra281.htm" target="_blank">http://www.trekgalaxy.com/newsextra281.htm</a>

Star Trek 'Enterprise' illustrator Doug Drexler reminisces

I love the Starfleet building as it was seen in the DS9 episode "Homefront" because it was based on the General Motors building at the 1964 NY World's Fair. As a kid, I literally lived at that fair for the two years that it ran. It was a celebration of the FUTURE in big, bold and brassy colors -- very positive and optimistic with incredible futuristic design work. Most of you guys will remember seeing remnants of that fair in the movie "Men in Black"; the giant globe that the alien Saucer crashes through was the center of the fair, "The Unisphere" as it was called, built by U.S. Steel. Also, those two "Jetson"-like pylons with the "Saucers" on top? That was the NY State Pavilion. I had always felt that Matt Jefferies, the original Star Trek Production Designer, was highly influenced by '64 World's Fair. One night over dinner with Matt, his wife Mary Ann and Mike and Denise Okuda, Matt described their trip to visit the NY World's Fair. "And when we got back" he exclaimed, " there was a call from a guy named Roddenberry to do something called ‘Star Trek’!" Wow! I was right! Just take a look at the painting of Starbase Eleven in the TOS episode "Court-martial", it's the NY Pavilion! So you see, it's my duty to squeeze the New York World's Fair into everything I do on Trek. When the DVD Robert Wise Edition of "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" comes out this fall, check the new scene of Kirk's tram approaching the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. On the north side bluff, you will see that I placed the Travelers Insurance Building, New York State Pavilion and the Ford Motor Company Pavilion!

Yes, Gene you were right regarding the Texas Music Hall, are you ready for another? Why was the time of 5,000 years chosen for the Westinghouse Time Capsules?

Just for fun, <a href="http://www.quuxuum.org/~joekor/menus/nycworldsfair.htm" target="_blank">http://www.quuxuum.org/~joekor/menus/nycworldsfair.htm</a>

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"Five thousand years ago, during a period of invention, development, and science rivaling that of our day, recorded history began. It would be pleasant to believe that we might leave records of our own day for five thousand years hence; to a day when the peoples of the world will think of us standing at history's midpoint."

The Book of Record of the Time Capsule of Cupaloy - 1938

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Yes Bill you are right again. Here is a new question, how was the State of Maine represented at the fair?

The most well-known property infringement claim stemming from unauthorized use of a photograph was New York World's Fair v. Color Picture Publications Inc. (1964). In that case, the publisher distributed postcards and other merchandise using the "Unisphere" building at the World's Fair, after being denied an exclusive license to do so. The court ruled for the plaintiff, saying, "In our opinion, a photograph of a unique building, structure or object situated within the World's Fair grounds, to which an admission fee is charged, is a photograph of a show in which plaintiff has a property right."

Photographers have deduced from that decision a rule of thumb which holds that photographs of buildings to which admission is charged cannot be exploited commercially without permission from the owners. But attorneys warn that the World's Fair ruling was so narrow that it isn't a useful guide for photographers. Indeed, few courts have relied on that ruling. <a href="http://www.pdnonline.com/businessresources/modelrelease.html" target="_blank">http://www.pdnonline.com/businessresources...delrelease.html</a>

Harrison Kinney remembers William Gaddis,

At the Pepsico exhibit at the 1964 World's Fair, both our families were floated in boats through the tunnel with a thousand dolls of all nationalities moving in rhythm to some tune called, I think, "It's a Small World After All." We still laugh remembering the incredulous, disdainful look on William's face as he floated by all this hokum. <a href="http://www.williamgaddis.org/reminisce/remhkinney.html" target="_blank">http://www.williamgaddis.org/reminisce/remhkinney.html</a>

Photo of GM at night <a href="http://mclellansautomotive.com/photos/A4252.jpg" target="_blank">http://mclellansautomotive.com/photos/A4252.jpg</a>

More on the Turbine Car <a href="http://www.moparstyle.com/turbine.htm" target="_blank">http://www.moparstyle.com/turbine.htm</a>

Enjoy a sail on Erie, Pennsylvania's historic Friendship Sloop Momentum. Built in Friendship, Maine in 1964, Momentum (launched as Dirigo) represented the state of Maine at the 1964 World's Fair in New York City. <a href="http://www.tourerie.com/boating_and_marinas.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.tourerie.com/boating_and_marinas.shtml</a>

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Moses and Women

"As it happened, women were more visible at this fair (1939-40) and more active behind the scenes, than at any previous American fair, and certainly more so than at the subsequent 1964 World's Fair in New York. Robert Moses, who presided over the 1964 exposition, was harshly critical of Grover Whalen's attention to women's issues in the planning of the 1939 fair. A contemporary remembers Moses complaining that Whelan always had "a bunch of cuties around him and how one would say, 'Grover, we ought to have a dress shop' and there'd be a dress shop at the fair. Moses said something about how he didn't want 'no goddarn babes around me'". <a href="http://www.nyu.edu/classes/bkg/eve-wf" target="_blank">http://www.nyu.edu/classes/bkg/eve-wf</a>

"Billy Graham Pavilion at the 1964 World's Fair in New York, which deal specifically with an incident in which preparations for the construction of the pavilion were marred by the alleged faulty construction of the sculpture to sit atop the pavilion tower". <a href="http://www.wheaton.edu/bgc/archives/GUIDES/313.htm" target="_blank">http://www.wheaton.edu/bgc/archives/GUIDES/313.htm</a>

Quiz,

Where was the mural "From Savage to Citizen" displayed?

What percent of Flushing Meadows Corona Park did the 1964 Fair use?

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Savage to Citizen was displayed at the Wycliffe Bible Translators 2000 Tribes pavilion. Maine would have been an exhibitor in the New England States pavilion.

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Yes Bill, once again you show just how much of the Fair's history you know.

'Savage to Citizen' was displayed at the Wycliffe Bible Translators 2000 Tribe's pavilion and Maine was represented at the New England Pavilion.

However, I came across a web site that said a Sloop launched as the Dirigo was built in Friendship, Maine in 1964 to represent the state of Maine at the 1964 World's Fair. So I guess if it was there at all it was at the Marina along with the H.M.S. Bounty. <a href="http://www.tourerie.com/boating_and_marinas.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.tourerie.com/boating_and_marinas.shtml</a>

According to the Official Guide of 1964, of a total of 1,255 acres that make up FMCP, only 646 acres were used for the 1964-65 Fair.

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<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Hoodlock:

Yes Bill, once again you show just how much of the Fair's history you know.

'Savage to Citizen' was displayed at the Wycliffe Bible Translators 2000 Tribe's pavilion and Maine was represented at the New England Pavilion.<HR></blockquote>

What'dya mean Hood? I hardly ever answer your questions 'cause most of the time I DON't know the answers! I got lucky on these last two!

B.

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The sloop from Maine probably participated in Operation Sail '64, conceived as a salute to the NYWF, and which was the first tall ships' exhibitions in New York Harbor. The U.S.S. Constitution participated as well.

The sloop may well have called at the WF Marina which is on the route back to Maine.

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The New York Film/Video Council showed the Parable on June 1997. Here is a report from the Member News.

"Council Board Vice-President Clare Davis recently hosted a screening and discussion of the controversial film PARABLE made for the 1964 New York World's Fair. The film's director and producer, Rolf Forsberg and Lois Anderson, respectively, were present and discussed the making of the film, which Newsweek Magazine called, "the most outstanding film at the Fair. The program was presented as a fund-raiser for the Tri-State Media Ministries".

The phone number for the NYFVC is 212 330 0450, maybe we can get them to screen it again.

I asked the question a few weeks back, regarding medals being awarded at other Fairs and whether any were given at the 64/65 Fair. A photographer named Hugo Redivo received two special awards, the Silver and the Bronze Medal, from the 1964-1965 New York World's Fair. Who gave them to him? I don't know.

I came across this question, "Have you pursued the phantoms of Satan, or put your trust in the world's fair promises, until your poor heart is broken with bitter disappointment, and all is a dismal void?"

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I viewed "The Parable" in the '70s. I remember it as being very thought provoking and a bit disturbing and was performed in mime. Didn't know it was produced for the NYWF until later.I don't think there are any World's Fair references in it. It was shown at the Protestant and Orthodox Center at the Fair.

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Screen of Peace <a href="http://www.teaneck.org/virtualvillage/FDU_PictHist/Page9.html" target="_blank">http://www.teaneck.org/virtualvillage/FDU_...Hist/Page9.html</a>

To Broadway with Love <a href="http://www.eur.com/musicals/rec.cfm?RNumber=1178" target="_blank">http://www.eur.com/musicals/rec.cfm?RNumber=1178</a>

... lights were added to the George Washington Bridge in 1964 to celebrate the World's Fair...

Dave Sarser had extensive knowledge of electronic circuitry, he designed the Altec 'Voice of the Stars' tube power amplifier. It was nicknamed the Musician's Amplifier. His audio installation at the World's Fair Vatican Pavilion was highly acclaimed.

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I discovered two new mysteries; the first one is about Pony Bob. The second mystery is of Queen Isabella.

Robert "Pony Bob" Erven led a now legendary (?) wagon train from St. Louis to New York City during the 1964 World's Fair.

The Spanish Plaza in Mobile, AL honors the Spanish occupation of the city between 1780 and 1813. A statue of Queen Isabella stands there. They say its part of an exhibit from the 1964-65 New York World's Fair, however I can't find a photo or anything else on it.

Then there is this story taken from, 'The Wizard of Kansas' by Sean Gullette.

…but it's just old John Johnson, deliverance in a golf shirt. He's a retired banker and *****es in a good-natured way about how his three-kids milk him dry of his hard-earned savings. He tells us how he met his wife at the 1964 World's Fair: "Just got out of the Corps, and the Brass Rail hired all these jar-heads to work security for the fair. Well--shaved heads, spit-shines--this was the sixties and the girls wouldn't even look at us. And they were everywhere. So, I quit. I met this girl on the fairway and she said she wouldn't go out with me if I was the last man on earth. We got married three months later."

It seems that the term "from the world's fair" can be used as an insult.

"Even voting hardware varies widely depending on where you live. Some localities now use highly sophisticated, computer voting machines; the mechanical machines currently used in New York were first exhibited during the 1964 World's Fair. If you think that's bad, some localities still use paper ballots exclusively". <a href="http://www.nationalpolitical.com/column40.htm" target="_blank">http://www.nationalpolitical.com/column40.htm</a>

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Mario Cuomo

We stopped first at Sambucci Bros., Inc., Auto Salvage. Mario Cuomo knew a guy there when he was a young lawyer. He represented the Sambuccis and several other Willets Point automotive pioneers against Robert Moses, who was looking for lebensraum for his 1964 World's Fair. "Moses wanted to build a ball field, he thought it would be easy to get rid of a few little oil-covered guys with a baling press machine. . . . We took Moses on and beat him," remembered Cuomo when I called him, clearly still relishing this vanquishing of the power broker. "Strange you bring up Willets Point," the former governor remarked. "It was a big case for me, it led to several others. Willets Point was really the beginning of my public life . . . a career begun in the junkyard."

Shaun Cassidy

Joe Cassidy's nephew, the former teen idol and now writer-producer Shaun Cassidy, remembers how lucky he felt when he came to New York in 1964, and his Uncle Joe was the engineer who ran the railroad exhibit at the World's Fair. "It was a magical time," said Shaun, one of Jack Cassidy's sons. "He was the king because he was running the thing that every kid in the world wanted to get on."

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Good work, Governor. Instead of a recreational facility, "Junior Shea Stadium" as Moses called it, in the geographic center of NYC, we are still stuck with an ugly iron triangle, it's air rent by the roar of jets low and directly overhead descending to LaGuardia. Described by the NYT, as an "end-of-the-world" place "where strange dogs roam and cars go to die" and as an "environmental debacle" by the NY Attorney General, it is most well known to the NYPD for their frequent raids against it's chop shops, auto insurance fraud rings and traffickers in stolen car parts.

An example of what the fate of the rest of FMCP could have been, were it not for the World's Fairs. At the time of the '39-'40 NYWF most of this 55-acre area was still natural wetlands a remnant of the pre-dumping ground Flushing Meadows.

One geographical oddity of interest to NYWF and FMCP fans- Willet's Point Blvd. (from which this area and the World's Fair grounds subway station get their name) is nowhere near Willet's Point. The point is where the early 19th Century harbor defense post, Fort Totten, now an Army Reserve facility, is located-well to the east at the head of Little Neck Bay in the pleasant neighborhood of Bayside.

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The Pieta in its container sitting on a flatbed truck. <a href="http://www.artnet.com/magazine/features/adams/adams4.asp" target="_blank">http://www.artnet.com/magazine/features/ad...dams/adams4.asp</a>

The Pieta in place at the Vatican Pavilion. <a href="http://www.artnet.com/magazine/features/adams/adams5.asp" target="_blank">http://www.artnet.com/magazine/features/ad...dams/adams5.asp</a>

What did that guy call it? Hokum. <a href="http://www.artnet.com/magazine/features/adams/adams6.asp" target="_blank">http://www.artnet.com/magazine/features/ad...dams/adams6.asp</a>

A photo of the shattered bleachers at the Aquacade. <a href="http://www.artnet.com/magazine/features/adams/adams1.asp" target="_blank">http://www.artnet.com/magazine/features/ad...dams/adams1.asp</a>

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The photo of the Pieta shipping crate brought back some memories. My father was in the shipping business back then and I remember him talking about consulting on the shipping arrangements. The actual shipping had to be done on an Italian-flagged ship, but they did surveys with other companies to come up with a shipping plan that would survive a disaster at sea. Maybe they were still thinking of the Andrea Doria?

Anyway, the container was welded to a support structure on the deck of the ship. It was equipped with explosive bolts that would had been set off if the ship was going down. I believe they were equipped with pressure sensors that would have blown the bolts if the ship suddenly went under and they couldn't set it free manually.

Once free of the ship the container was designed to float even in a major storm. It had a radio beacon and would have released dye into the water to make it easier to spot. I believe it also had equipment to broadcast sound pings so it could be found via hydrophones. All in all they did a lot of work making sure it would arrive intact.

I do remember my father saying there were some pretty relieved people when the ship successfully arrived and the crate was offloaded.

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