worlds fairs

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  1. bobski

    bobski Well-Known Member Sponsor

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    im old enough to remember the new york worlds fair in 64 and went to it, as well as the expo 67 in canada.

    before internet, it was the way countries plugged their worth and people could visit numerous countries without world travel.

    then tokyo terrorists ended worlds fairs.
    fairs became targets for other countries to fight other countries.

    how many of you can remember them?
     
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    DFlynt New Member

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    Somewhere I have 8mm film of my Dad's mother at Expo 67, and a former pastor of mine was in a marching band that played the '64 Worlds Fair, I remember what a flop the Worlds Fair at Knoxville TN was.
     

  3. bobski

    bobski Well-Known Member Sponsor

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    why was knoxville a flop? i hear that a lot.
     
  4. DFlynt

    DFlynt New Member

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    Not really sure, after doing some reading all I can find is they had 11 million visitors, made a profit (a whole $57 when they were expecting a $5 million surplus) and left Knoxville $46 million in the hole, not really sure if that qualifies it as a "flop" then. :confused:
     
  5. Vincine

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    I lived in Queens when I was young and went to the NY '64 -'65 fair dozens of times. We got to ride in Chrysler’s turbine car.
    A couple of times my brother took me over the fence before it was finished. I remember the skeleton of the GM pavilion and lots of mud.

    My father was involved with the base of the Unisphere. He saw the NJ pavilion being built and that its design was faulty. He tried to warn people. No one listened to a workman speaking broken English. They didn’t know his background. The pavilion’s booms fell during construction and a workman was killed. It made him sick.
     
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  6. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    Very interesting story. What ethnicity was your Dad?
     
  7. Vincine

    Vincine New Member

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    Sicilian; note, not Italian.
     
  8. orangello

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    I remember going to the one in Knoxville (1981ish) as a youngster; somehow the combo of bluegrass and the Oktoberfest really worked for me.

    I remember going to the one in New Orleans (1984) and really enjoying it but noticing a lot of people suffering from the heat/humidity. I grew up a couple of hours away and was able to enjoy the new riverfront stuff.
     
  9. CA357

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    I went to the '64 Fair a few times as well. As a good Catholic boy from Brooklyn, it was mandatory to line up and walk past/view the Pieta. However I preferred anything to do with cars and pretty girls.
     
  10. bobski

    bobski Well-Known Member Sponsor

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    i signed my name and it went into the 64 nyc fairs time capsule...remember that?

    i love watching men in black...just to see the old fair grounds.
     
  11. bobski

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    the gm pavillion was cool. you got to sit in those roller coster hi-back seats and you were brought thru a time travel of transportation...ending up in the future. when you got off, gm had all their concept cars on display. way cool!
     
  12. bobski

    bobski Well-Known Member Sponsor

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    i can hear your dad now...

    hey! atza madda you eh?

    whdya thinka you do, um bots? youa stooonade'
    holy mudda mary ofa goda!
     
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  13. Vincine

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    You didn't hear my dad. I heard him curse, once. It ran along the lines of, “Mother of a dog, son of an insect!". Not va fangul!

    Think more Archimedes, less stereotype.
     
  14. bobski

    bobski Well-Known Member Sponsor

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    ah yes...the tri state area. sure miss it.
    son of a...say it right!
    its.....'some-una.'
    complete the sentence, you sumuna__________(sandy shore line!)
    :D
    hey, look what i found....

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  15. bobski

    bobski Well-Known Member Sponsor

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    look what happens when you have nothing to do and you go in an attic.....

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  16. bobski

    bobski Well-Known Member Sponsor

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    all of a sudden im young again....
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  17. bobski

    bobski Well-Known Member Sponsor

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    i got this for my mom.....
    she still has it.
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  18. bobski

    bobski Well-Known Member Sponsor

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    ahhh, the green plastic dinosaurs!
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  19. Vincine

    Vincine New Member

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    I think my favorites were the IBM film inside the ‘egg’, the DuPont chemistry show, and the nightly fireworks.
     
  20. bobski

    bobski Well-Known Member Sponsor

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    totally forgot those. youre right!