Did You Visit the '64-'65 New York World's Fair?

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  1. Dibbons

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    My mother and her mother (my grandmother) both travelled on ship from San Francisco through the Panama Canal in 1939 to attend the 1939-40 World's Fair in New York. I missed the fair when in returned in the 1960's.

     
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      I did, but was only 4 or 5 years old and I have only a couple of vague memories.
       
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        I was there in a stroller and don't remember anything
         
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        Was 15 remember very little. One thing I do remember is on stage they had a 5 gal. beaker of liquid nitrogen. They dipped a dozen roses in it for 10 seconds. Pulled them out a the guy smashed them on his arm, they shattered like glass. The pieces hitting the floor added to sound.
         
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        I was 7 years old, went with my mom,dad, sister and brother
        I remember the sphere or globe or what ever they called it
         
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        Lived in Bronx at that time. Went with my senior HS class the 1st time, and my girlfriend (now wife of 53 years) and some friends the 2nd time. I remember the GE exhibit was a look into the "Home of the Future" with the stage turning about 90* to advance to what's coming in future years. I believe this was the 1st time I had seen automated humans talking to the audience. Kind of like the Disney World shows you see now. There was plenty to see and certainly was entertaining.
        My Father was a Cop in NYPD at the time and was assigned to a traffic control detail a few times. I think all station houses in the city had to support the police efforts at the World's Fair. I think Seattle hosted a WF a few years later and that was the last one I remember. Disney World's Epcot Center in Fla. seems to have filled the void that the World's Fairs once occupied.
         
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        Nope, my family (mother) wasn't wealthy enough
        to pack up 3 young kids & travel across the nation to go see it...
        (single mother, 3 young kids I was 5, she's a blue-collar working stiff
        living paycheck to paycheck, sewing bras for Capwell's
        )
        Budnicks me 5 yo Lori & Candy.JPG

        I do remember 'later' all the crap about
        the Ford 64 1/2 Mustang hype :blah::blah::blah:
        Wimbledon white & Guardsman blue,
        notchback/coupe & convertible display
        (they sold the shit out of them)
        But, that Plymouth beat them to 'coming out',
        by like 2 months (?) or something
        with the dolled up, Valliant with an added fastback greenhouse
        to have a Barracuda badged 2 dr fastback car
        (the 1st real released v8 pony car)
         
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        You were drinking at such an early age ?
         
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          Having been born & grew up on the streets of Brooklyn, Flushing Meadow Park was a #7 train ride away for me. I went to the WF a number of times. I still have a magnetic Pieta, that I got at the Vatican exhibit, on the top of my dashboard in my RR, that I've had on my cars ever since I started driving after that. Remember the "visual" phone at the AT&T exhibit. Afterwards, some exhibits remained, such as the NY building as an ice skating rink we used to go to to pick up those Queens girls.
           
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            I was there as a 13 year old. My dad and mom packed up six kids in 1960 Plymouth Savoy and drove us from western PA to my cousin's house in NJ. We took a bus from NJ to the World's Fair. The highlight for me was seeing (and hearing) the Chrysler Turbine car driving around on a track. It was also the first time I saw the Atlantic Ocean. If I remember correctly, we spent a day at the Sandy Point (?) beach.
             
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              Thanks for reminding me about the Pieta. Seeing it was my mother's highlight of the trip.
               
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              I do like & do remember the 1963 Movie, Elvis
              'It Happened at The World's Fair'
              about the 1962 'Seattle' Washington Worlds Fair
              two footloose gambling cropduster pilots/bachelors Mike (Elvis)
              & Danny (mob smuggling stooge) on the loose, nurse babe Dianna
              & a lost cute lil' farmers grandaughter (Ling (?) oriental girl
              & lots of singing/clean high jinx, cool rides, rotating top floor restaurant
              & the space needle

              Elvis Presely It Happened at the World's Fair (1962 Seattle) film 1963.jpeg
               
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                E78E49FB-2043-43D0-B1ED-45B1740D0E21.jpeg Yes. Grandparents took me. 11 years old. Went by bus from Allentown. Stayed at the Hotel Dixie. Rode the Subway to Flushing. Mustang was new and Ford exhibit had convertibles on a track with a ride through some kind of Futureland. Amazing experience.

                Souvenir still works.
                 
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                  I was 10 years old and got to go because we had family in NYC to stay with, made the trip in a '56 Dodge Sierra wagon. I still remember the Chrysler turbine car like it was yesterday.
                   
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                    Also has a great shot of a '62 Imperial convertible in the opening, with a lovely driver and passenger.
                     
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                      63 Chrysler Ghia Turbine Fury 200 made 4 left #1.jpg
                       
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                        The one vivid memory of the Worlds Fair I have is the Amphicars driving/boating around Flushing Bay. As a 7 year old I was amazed a car could do both.
                         
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                          I went to it back before I was born in this life. I didn't like fluorescent lights then and I like them even less now. Nice folks at the displays though.

                          Subsequently, numerous decades later, I stayed at a brand new Holiday Inn Express in Grand Prairie/Arlington, Texas one time and it was already infested with tons of baby cockroaches. Front desk COULDN'T have cared less.
                          :mob:
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                            The Belgian waffles were the best.
                             
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                            My dad said that he went in ‘64 with my grandfather. My dad was 6 years old at the time. He told me that before they went my grandpa said that if they were to get separated for my dad to just stay exactly where he was. Well, sure enough they got separated and my dad didn’t move once he realized. Grandpa retraced his steps and was led right back to my dad…could have been a debacle!
                             
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