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Worlds Fair 50th Anniversary

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I just thought about it. In 4 years it will be 50 years since the best worlds fair ever took place in FMCP. I wonder what kind of condition the the park will be in by then. Will the NYSP Observation Towers still be standing

? Will they have had done a restoration project on the TOT. Who knows the Parks Department might even decide to bring the fair back to the park. Only 4 more years guys.

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Hard to believe it has been 50 years already!! With the way things are going in favor of the park structures, I can only hope that the Park can continue to be improved.

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Little has been done to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the 1939 fair this year. I cannot imagine, with the state slipping deeper into debt, that there will much done in the park over the next few years--unless it is done with private monies.

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The 70th anniversary barely even made the news.

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I think some "then and then" picture panels, showing 50 and 75 years back, would really be appropriate, and something the city could afford. They would bring on board the generations that use the park but have no clue to what was there before.

What do others think? Is this worthwhile, and could it be accomplished for the anniversary?

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I wrote to the Queens Museum offering to put something together - showing 1939, 1964 and today.

Not even the courtesy of a response.

That was last year. If anyone has someone to suggest working with I'm on board.

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The QMA is useless when it comes to park preservation and/or world's fair commemoration as far as I can tell. Maybe the New York Historical Society might have an interest in recognizing the 1964 fair's 50th anniversary. If something is done in the park and it does not include some sort of positive resolution on what should become of the NYS pavilion, then what is the point? How can there be a viable celebration as that structure continues to rot?

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I wrote to the Queens Museum offering to put something together - showing 1939, 1964 and today.

Not even the courtesy of a response.

That was last year. If anyone has someone to suggest working with I'm on board.

Dr. Walters is flying up to New York the week of November 11th to meet with both the QMA and the NYHS to finalize plans for a couple of projects related to the Fairs. It's been in work for quite a while and this is to put the final nails in the project planning. She's having less success with the New York Public Library, but some moderate help from the Parks Department.

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I'm tentatively in NY that week in case she needs some extra voices to chime in.

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I wrote to the Queens Museum offering to put something together - showing 1939, 1964 and today.

Not even the courtesy of a response.

That was last year. If anyone has someone to suggest working with I'm on board.

Hi Bill, the Queens Historical Society might be interested.

http://www.queenshistoricalsociety.org/

DC

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Thanks, Don. I'll drop them a note later, but their web site hasn't been updated in years so I hope they're still around.

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Timely news on Dr. Walters:

http://today.ucf.edu/blog/2009/10/28/ucf-to-build-virtual-new-york-worlds-fair/

UCF To Build Virtual New York World’s Fair

Posted by UCF Staff on Wednesday, October 28, 2009 - 0 Comments

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Lori C. Walters, a research associate in the UCF Department of History, was awarded a $1.47 million grant from the National Science Foundation to fund a 3D virtual recreation of the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair.

Walters’ team utilizes an immersive 3D virtual environment to unfold the sights, sounds, personal memories and lessons of the World’s Fair. Virtual fairgoers of all ages will be immersed in an accurately modeled historical world with more than 140 pavilions on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines and an array of arts and humanities exhibits.

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Some panels showing the past and present would be nice. We can not let events such as the 1939 and 1964 New York World's Fair's slip out of there rightful pedestal in history.

That is a driving force behind our 1939 Virtual Reconstruction.

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Not everyone was happy with the grant:

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/columns/daily-outrage/67321427.html

I think they are missing the fact that the students doing the recreation are learning some very valuable skills along the way, as well as providing an excellent history lesson to those who see their results.

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Not everyone was happy with the grant:

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/columns/daily-outrage/67321427.html

I think they are missing the fact that the students doing the recreation are learning some very valuable skills along the way, as well as providing an excellent history lesson to those who see their results.

Ah, the Washington Examiner, our freebie right-wing tabloid... Just the sort of thing I would expect out of them...

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Well, they say that even bad publicity is better than NO publicity! Bill's point about the students learning while creating the Fair is a good one. Those kids will be advancing 3D technology as they problem-solve the many WF pavilions and other structures. Also, the fact that this will be shared via the web will probably assure that it has a long-lived and widespread audience.

A million and a half? I'm not nuts about mailing in my tax check for it, but it may well be a better investment than some other things the government has done with that kind of money. At least we get something for our $1.47M this time! :blink: (and from what we've seen so far, the virtual WF is VERY cool!)

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I wasn't familiar with this pub, but looking at the other topic links there, it's not a question of right or left, but just obviously looking for something to sensationalize every day (and not very well, either - note that none of even the obvious rebuttals are handled). To me, it's too bad that sensationalism attracts so many, but it's still best to have freedom of expression even if a large part of it is noise in the channel.

Anyone know if it has a significant following?

That could have pluses (more publicity for the fair) as well as minuses.

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