VISIT THE 1964 WORLD’S, SORT OF…

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.

TRANSCRIPT

> 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.

Funders

MetroFocus is made possible by James and Merryl Tisch, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, the Sylvia A. and Simon B. Poyta Programming Endowment to Fight Anti-Semitism, Bernard and Irene Schwartz, Rosalind P. Walter, Barbara Hope Zuckerberg, Jody and John Arnhold, the Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, Janet Prindle Seidler, Judy and Josh Weston and the Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation.

WNET

© WNET All Rights Reserved.

825 Eighth Avenue

New York, NY 10019