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Sinclair Dinoland is a new featured presentation at nywf64.com.

You can view the nine pages of Dinoland material by selecting the What's New? Tab from the home page of nywf64.com and following the links to the Feature.

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Bill,

I loved, loved, loved this feature on Dinoland!! This exhibit was the high point for me as a 6 & 7 year old at the Fair (along with It's a Small World). Thanks so much for taking me back in time!!!

Liz

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Thanks Bill! I love those Dinos so much I actually stopped in Glen Rose, Texas to see the Bronto & T-Rex. Great as usual. I have never seen the Dexter postcards you posted they were a real treat.

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I just finished reading, looking, and listening to this wonderful addition to nywf64.com.

When my thoughts didn't take me back millions of years: they took me back 42. The Sinclair exhibit was one of the highlights of the fair for me. It's one of the moments of my visit I still remember close to vividly. As a child I was awed by the dino's, and I don't think I stopped talking about my experience at the exhibit for years afterwards. I was always telling school friends of it, and always mentioning it whenever my parents drove by a Sinclair gas station. (Lucky for them, there was only one in our home town!) The exhibit spurred on my interest in archeology and history, it helped me look enthusiastically toward those subjects in school.

I loved the exhibit, and I loved this feature.

The addition of audio was wonderful, and I especially enjoyed scanning the photos while listening to the narration.

Thank you very much Bill. Your website is amazing and a wonderful, wonderful resource. It comes second only to visiting the fair itself.

Great job!

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Well, I am really enjoying this NOW

After ripping some stupid program called MUSICMATCHJUKEBOX off my machine. Don't know what other program it got installed with, but it sured $%%$#$'d my playback of wma files - hung up all internet access, even for email!

Sorry for the rant,

AND THANKS for the great Dinoland feature!

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Is there any ID for the narrator? He doesn't strike me as a commercial announcer, but is rather more pedantic (as well as somewhat nasal).

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The narrator for the diorama portion was, I'd swear, the Kraft foods announcer of the 60's thru 80's.

Wonderful voice, nice hearing it again.

And: What about those Dinoland booklets? There's 90 billion of them floating around the earth.

I'm thinking they were a dealer give-away, as they seem so ubiquitous. Thoughts?

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The Sinclair information is excellent. Sinclair had a long history of world's fair participation. I remember the

exhibit very well and I still have a sticker Sinclair pasted on one's shirt that stated: "I visited Sinclair Dinoland."

It is interesting that Sinclair noted that 10 million visitors saw their exhibit. That is an impressive number.

Nevertheless, with 50 million visiting the fair, one has to wonder why attendance was not even higher. Those

creatures loomed over the fairgrounds. It's hard to picture people just walking past the exhibit and not at

least going in to see what it was all about.

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I didn't realize that Sinclair reported that number. I would have thought that just about everyone would have walked through the place, especially as there weren't long lines, and since every Red Blooded Boy would have dragged the folks in there (as well as Red Blooded Girls Who Liked Dinosaurs).

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This is an excellent feature; thank you Bill!

I recall going to the Sinclair exhibit at least once and perhaps more. The fact that I was 18, of legal drinking age at the time, and Sinclair was next to the Loewenbraeu pavilion may have had something to do with it.

The narrator makes the unqualified statement that the T. Rex was the "largest meateater" and the "most powerful animal" to have ever lived. This makes for good fun when you are looking at it. However, the 6-7 ton T. Rex doesn't come close to several species of whales in size with the 200 ton Blue Whale being at the top of the list. Even if you eliminate the crustacean feeders such as the Blue (crustaceans are meat, after all) you are still left with male Orcas at about 8 tons (females are smaller at about 5 tons) and Sperm Whales at about 165 tons. It's interesting how easy it is to forget that the largest creatures to have ever lived are alive now and fortunately, just dodged joining T. Rex. as being extinct species.

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I don't think Sinclair Whale-land would have been as exciting as Jurassic Park, but your point is well taken.

But just to be on the safe side, Molderama was already prepared with a waxy-plastic Orca whale....

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You can still buy Sinclair gasoline in the West and Midwest. Anyone interested in the company today should check out their website: <a href="http://www.sinclairoil.com" target="_blank">http://www.sinclairoil.com</a>, particularly the History section (look for the beautiful color image of the World's Fair gas station): <a href="http://www.sinclairoil.com/history/history_intro.htm" target="_blank">http://www.sinclairoil.com/history/history_intro.htm</a>, and of course the merchandise section (look for the dinos around the middle of the page): <a href="http://www.sinclairoil.com/merchandise.htm" target="_blank">http://www.sinclairoil.com/merchandise.htm</a>. Here's the history of the dinosaur logo, with some Fair pics: <a href="http://www.sinclairoil.com/history/historys_p1.htm" target="_blank">http://www.sinclairoil.com/history/historys_p1.htm</a>.

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The narrator for the diorama portion was, I'd swear, the Kraft foods announcer of the 60's thru 80's.

Wonderful voice, nice hearing it again.

Yes, it does sound like Ed Herlihy, but more over-the-top than he ever was for the Kraft commercials.

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Bill, another magnificent job and thanks as always for giving people like me, born after the Fair, the closest to a virtual reality experience for visiting the Fair we could ever find on the net.

(I *promise* I'll get back to that BLC feature soon!!)

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More Dinoland Stuff! Mike Kraus sent a CD with some of his items from his Dinoland collection. Check out pages 5, 7 and 9 to see some nice collectibles from Dinoland!

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