Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Revisiting the 1964/65 New York World's Fair

Today on Far Future Horizons we relive the sights and sounds of the 1964/65 New York World's Fair with two special newsreels from the period: an NBC TV Special from 1964 "A World's Fair Diary," with Edwin Newman and a detailed report presented by veteran reporter Lowell Thomas.

In a “World’s Fair Diary” Edwin Newman takes us on a first hand tour of many attractions featured in the fair. He tends more towards the off-the-beaten-path attractions more so than the mainstays, but he gets a great glimpse of what was a once-in-a-lifetime event.

Lowell Thomas

In our second video feature Thomas reports from the partially completed New York World's Fair.  Lowell Thomas also reported twenty five years earlier from the New York World’s Fair in 1939.

The Rocket Thrower
The Rocket Thrower was sculpted by Donald Delue for the 1964 World's Fair and stands between the Fountain of the Fairs and the Unisphere reflecting pool. One of my earliest memories of photographs of New York is an iconic photo of the Rocket Thrower in the foreground with a lighted Unisphere in the background. 

NBC Color TV Special: A World's Fair Diary (1964)

New York World's Fair (1964) - A Report by Lowell Thomas
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