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Listen! The 1964 World's Fair in Sound

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Take a taxi ride to Flushing to see the 1964-65 World's Fair being built.

This program, broadcast from station WRVR on September 16, 1963 as part of its Listen! series, gives an overview of the Fair seven months before its opening on April 22, 1964, including its history and ongoing construction. Various speakers expound on several pavilions (including the Disney, IBM and RCA exhibits), logistical issues, and an early instance of using computers to generate work schedules.

Among the speakers are Robert Moses, former Governor Charles Poletti, William A. Burns (Vice president in Charge of Communications and Public Relations), Stuart Constable (Vice President in Charge of Operations, Exhibitors, and Workmen) and citizens of New York City.

Guests:

Robert Moses and Charles Poletti

Editors:

Marcos Sueiro Bal

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Eric Joel

I resonate deeply with Leslie's comments as a 7 year old at the time.

Apr. 21 2014 12:06 AM
Marcos Sueiro from New York City

Leslie, thank you for your comments. By all accounts it was a magical time and place indeed. We hope you enjoyed the sounds of 1964!

Apr. 18 2014 08:44 PM
Leslie from New York City

Just wanted to say that my 8-year-old self was so entranced by the 1964 World's Fair that I still dream about some of the rides and exhibits. I will never forget the 7-Up pavilion where you could get unlimited 7-Up from soda fountain, or the excitement that I felt during the Ford Futurama exhibit, particularly the artists' renderings of what living under the sea would look like. I was blown away by Pepsi-Cola's (I think) Small World exhibit (later brought to Disney World, as was GE's Carousel of Progress). The Parker Pen pavilion had a penpal program, where I was paired with an 8-year-old English boy living in Yorkshire. Michael and I corresponded for a couple of years. As evening fell and the lights on all the pavilions and along the paths were turned on, the place was positively magical. I remember the Greyhound mini-vans all over the place, and can sing their familiar ditty, which you heard constantly: "Go Greyhound, and leave the driving to us." The Sinclair oil pavilion had huge animated dinosaurs, which frightened me a little. The Bell Telephone exhibit, which allowed to see the person you were calling. The sense of possibility and optimism about the future were omnipresent, at least it seemed that way to this little girl. I have a vintage set of 1964 World's Fair Viewmaster slides, which I still enjoy 50 years later. Thanks for the opportunity to reminisce here!

Apr. 18 2014 12:47 PM

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