Remembering the 1964 - 1965 New York World's Fair - Remembering the 1964 - 1965 World's Fair

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Remembering the 1964 - 1965 New York World's Fair

In 1964 I was exposed to my first World's Fair in New York City by my parents. They had gone to the fair and brought me back my first camera and other literature. Unfortunately I did not go myself as they thought I was too young. At 5 I thought I should have gone as I was big enough to know what was going on. They said when I was 6 I could go. I was very curious about what a World's Fair was all about. 

One day while staying at my Grandparents I came across a National Geographic that had an article on the Fair. From that point on learned everything I could about Fair so when I went I know exactly where all the good stuff was. I read that National Geographic article and the Official 1964-65 New York Worlds Fair Guide at least once a week and memorized the map of the Fair until it was my time to go. With a week to go, I read the article and guide every night  and would fall asleep with them. 

When the day came I was ready. I remember entering the fair with the Sinclair Dino the Dinosaur (Brontosaurus) to our right and seeing Shea Stadium directly ahead of us. From there we went to the GM World of Tomorrow exhibit the Ford exhibit,  the Monsanto exhibit, the GE exhibit with a Thomas Edison robot explaining what we were going to see there. I remember having a huge slice of pizza for lunch and being anxious to see more. I was definitely wearing down my parents about 5 P.M. they were ready to go home, but I convinced them to take in a few more sites. 

I was amazed at the helicopter Pad on top of the Pan Am exhibit gawked at the huge globe sculpture of the world and ran around on the moonscape roof of the Kodak exhibit. It was after that that my parents said they were ready to get some dinner and go home. I didn't want to go because there was so much more to see. So we had dinner and as we were leaving I asked if I could get a souvenir they agreed so I got an orange plastic Sinclair Dino the Dinosaur right across the Sinclair exhibit. I remember it cost $1.00 and what was great it was hot pressed in a machine right in front of me. It was still warm when I pulled it out. I played with that dinosaur until its head fell off. The only regret I have is not bringing my World's Fair camera to record my experience.


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