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AUGUST 2020, Volume 33 No. 12                                           Florida’s Best News Source for Vintage-ANTIQUE-Collectibles
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        A WORLD OF FUN

               55th Anniversary of the                        New York World’s Fair

        By Donald-Brian Johnson

               be Lincoln was there. So were the         its significance 55 years after the fact.         hats, and, over our regular khaki uniforms, “must-
           AFlintstones”. Michelangelo’s “Pieta”            Mid-century modern was the overriding          wear-at-all-times” red nylon jackets. (Since this
        paid an exclusive visit. And, the enormous       architectural style. Space-age futurism, in       was summertime, many a sweltering Fair day was
        inhabitants of Sinclair’s “Dinoland” bid folks a   the form of spheres, spires, and swooping,      in store.)
        toothy welcome.                                  sweeping, building facades, resulted in             We were each assigned specific Pavilion
           During the summers of 1964 and ’65, a         a design environment just right for the           duties. Mine: demonstrating mouth-to-mouth
        gee-whillikers wonderland welcomed one and       atomic generation. New and more adaptable         resuscitation on “Resusci-Annie”. Remember
        all to Flushing Meadows Park, a former New       construction materials, such as Fiberglass and    her? This lifelike plastic dummy had a full-
        York garbage dump. This was the place to be. .   stainless steel, meant that anything that could   sized head crowned with wispy blonde hair,
        .a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience   be imagined could be built. Here was a place     and a realistic torso. When resuscitation was
        “the world of tomorrow—today!”                   where the “Jetsons” would be right at home.       performed correctly, “Annie’s” chest would
           This was the New York World’s Fair. And I     (In fact, in some Fair advertising materials,     miraculously rise and fall. But, since “Annie”
        was there, too.                                  they were.)                                       had to fold up in a suitcase when not in use, the
           In the official “Fair Guidebook”, event          Now, about my own World’s Fair connection:     rest of her was much less realistic. Her legs,
        president Robert Moses noted, “the Fair          in 1965, I was chosen for the “Boy Scout Service   just ski pants stuffed with cotton batting, had a
        aims to be universal, to have something for      Corps”. Our job: staffing the Fair’s Boy Scout    habit of flopping about the display table.
        everyone.” That it did, which is why it retains   Pavilion. Our attire: old-fashioned “campaign”                             Continued on Page 2>

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