VISIT THE 1964 WORLD’S, SORT OF…

April 25, 2018 at 7:15 pm

The World’s Fair of 1964 is still a fond memory for many New Yorkers. You can relive the nostalgia at the fairgrounds this weekend. We have the details for your weekend adventure.

Aired on April 25, 2018.

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>>> IT'S THE BIGGEST THEY SAY,
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL, THE MOST YOU
A INSPIRING, THE MOST COLORFUL,
THE MOST SPECTACULAR EVENT OF
THIS ERA, THE NEW YORK WORLD'S
FAIR.
IN A WORD, IT'S THE GREATEST.
>>> MORE THAN 50.
YEARS AGO FROM 1964 TO 1965, THE
WORLD'S FAIR TRANSFORMED
FLUSHING MEADOWS PARK INTO A
FUTURIST IIC LAUNCHING PAD FOR
THE HOPES OF A GENERATION WITH
THE THEME OF PEACE THROUGH
UNDERSTANDING RICH MILLIONS
ATTENDED THE FAIR.
I WAS ONE TO EXPLORE THE
COUNTRIES REPRESENTED AS WELL AS
GET A GLIMPSE INTO THE FUTURE.
AMONG THE FAIR'S HIGHLIGHTS,
SPACE AGE PREVIEW OF THE NASA
SATURN 5 MOON ROCKET.
BELL TELEPHONE'S PICTURE PHONE,
TODAY'S SKIP.
AND THE RADICAL KNEW FOR THE
MUSTANG, AND THE MOST POPULAR,
GENERAL MOTORS FUTURE AIMA WITH
THE RIDE INTO TOMORROW.
THEY CELEBRATED THE FUTURE AND
THE DIVERSE CULTURES OF THE
WORLD AND NO WHERE IS THAT MORE
EVIDENT THAN IN QUEENS.
ONE OF THE MOST DEMOGRAPHICALLY
DIVERSE COUNTIES IN THE WORLD.
NOW FLUSH BE MEADOW IS SET TO
HOST A WORLD'S FARE.
SPELLS F.A.R.E.
TO HELP CELEBRATE DIVERSITY
THROUGH CUISINE.
OVER 100 VENDOR WILL COME
TOGETHER IN THE SHADOW OF 1964
WORLDS FAIR.
HERE JOINING US TAKE A LOOK BACK
AT THE ICONIC WORLD'S FAIR AND
ON THE IMPACT ON CULTURE
ESPECIALLY IN NEW YORK CITY.
IS JOSEPH TERELLA, THE AUTHOR OF
TOMORROWLAND, THE 1964-65 WORLDS
FAIR AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF
AMERICA.
>> GREAT TO BE HERE.
>> TALK ABOUT THE THEME HIGH
PRESSURE.
HOW DID IT EVOLVE.
>> YOU HAVE REMEMBER BACK IN
TIME IT'S THE COLD WAR.
NEW YORK WON THE FAIR IN 1960.
EISENHOWER IS PRESIDENT.
KENNEDY IS COMING IN.
HE IMMEDIATELILY RECOGNIZES THE
FAIR FOR WHAT IT COULD BE QB A
GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO WAGE A
BATTLE IN THE COLD WAR WITHOUT
ANY BULLETS.
WE'LL SIMPLY PUT OUR BEST
CULTURAL, TECHNOLOGICAL AND
ARTISTIC WARES ON DPLA.
INVITE THE WORLD TO DO THE SAME.
THEY OPENLY INVITED THE
U.S.S.R., TOMATO THE SOVIET
UNION.
WITH THE IDEA THAT THROUGH PEACE
AND UNDERSTANDING WE WILL EMERGE
FROM THE COLD WAR -- YOU HAVE TO
REMEMBER TOO AS THE FAIR IS
BILTD FROM 1960 -- IT OPENS IN
APRIL OF 1964 -- THE ENTIRE
KENNEDY ADMINISTRATION IS --
THOSE YEARS ARE RIGHT THERE.
NOW.
>> NOW LET'S TALK ABOUT SOME OF
THE EXHIBITS THERE.
I MENTIONED TO YOU -- I WAS A
YOUNG BOY WENT WITH A GROUP.
ACTUALLY GOT LOST EARL ON.
I WAS SEPARATED FROM THEM.
I'M WARNEDING BY MYSELF.
AND MY MEMORIES OF IT WAS THIS
MASSIVE.
>> RIGHT.
>> BUT FASCINATING.
>> RIGHT.
>> TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE REAL
SORT OF GROUND BREAKING
EXHIBITS.
>> WELL, I MEAN YOU HAVE THE
MYKLE ANGELO PIETA.
WE HAVE THE DRESS, THE MET A
HUGE SUCCESS.
>> THE SCULPTURAL MFRT PIECE, LA
PIETA, THE MADONNA HOLDING THE
DEAD CHRIST.
IT'S IN THE VATICAN IT'S THERE.
IT NEVER LEFT EXCEPT TO COME TO
FLUSHING QUEENS.
THEN YOU HAD WALT DISNEY.
AT THE TIME THERE IS NO DISNEY
IN FLORIDA.
ONLY IN CALIFORNIA.
AND AND THEY'RE FAIRLY NEW.
>> AND FAIRLY NEW.
>> AND ECHTED AN EAST COAST
STRONGHOLD BUT DIDN'T HAVE ONE.
HE WAS LOOKING AROUND.
I THINK THEY SETTLED ON ORLANDO
TOURING DURING THE FAIR YEARS.
BUT HE GOT INVOLVED IN FOUR
EXHIBITS, THE G.E. EXHIBIT,
WHICH WAS THE TOMORROWLAND.
HE HAD THE LINCOLN EXHIBIT,
WHICH IS A WALKING, TALKING
AUDIO VERSION OF ABE LINKING.
>> WHICH WE THINK NOW NOTHING
INTERFINE BACK THEN --
>> HIS ENGINEERS CALLED IMAGE
EERAT IT WAS THE THE MAGIC SKY
LINE WHERE THE FORD MUSTANG
DEBUTED.
BRILLIANT MARKETING.
WE HAD THE BRAND-NEW CARE,
AWESOME CAR ONE OF THE BEST
SELLERS EVER.
>> STILL YOIKIC.
>> ICONIC.
YOU SIT IN THE CAR ON A VON CARE
BELT YOU HAVE TO GO TLOG THROUGH
AND WAIT IN A LONG LINE BUT
YOU'RE IN THE FORD MUSTANG.
YOU GO THROUGH THIS -- IT'S
STARTED WITH THE DINOSAUR AGE
AND CAME UP TO CURRENT TIMES.
SO I MEAN THINK ABOUT THAT.
AND "IT'S A SMALL WORLD".
>> GOT STARTED THERE.
>> GOT START TLD.
AND THAT WAS MEANT TO BE LOOK AT
ALL THE CHILDREN OF THE WORLD
SINGING THE SONG, EMPHASIZING
THE PEACE AND UNDERSTANDING.
>> AGAIN, JOE, THE BOOK IS
TOMORROWLAND, THE 1964-65 WORLDS
FAIR AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF
AMERICA.
FOR SOMEBODY WHO WAS THERE BUT
YOUNG IT'S FASCINATING.
SOME OF OUR FOLKS WERE SAYING I
WASN'T BORN YET THEY SHOULD LOOK
AT IT.
IT'S A GREAT STORY.
THANKS FOR SPENDING TIME WITH
US.
>> THANK YOU.
>> YOU BE WELL.
>> A AND A REMINDER YOU CAN
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE NEW WORLD'S
FARE.
FARE, TAKING PLACE ON APRIL 28th
AND 29th BY GOING TO OUR
WEBSITE, METROFOCUS.ORG.

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