1972 Emma proposal…

…starring Dorin Godwin and John Carson.

To INFINITY and BEYOND!

In honor of the 40th anniversary of the NASA’s Apollo 11 mission, I present SPACE!-THEMED FRIVOLITY on a GRAND, SATURN V-SIZED SCALE!

Need a ROCKET EXPERIENCE?  Buzz Aldrin can coach you in much the same way he coached Buzz Lightyear.

Oh, and GReat Images in Nasa has a crudload of really spiffy SPACE! pictures. And many rockets.

Clair de Lune…

This animation sequence was released as  the “Blue Bayou” segment in Walt Disney’s Make Mine Music (1946), one of several Walt Disney “composite” releases of the mid-late 1940s.  Originally, however, it was created to accompany Claude Debussy’s Clair de Lune as an additional segment for Fantasia.  Initially, Mr. Disney had intended Fantasia to be a fluid, changing concept, to which new pieces would be added with each re-release. For a number of reasons (the 1941 animators’ strike, WW2,…), that concept didn’t pan out (at least, not until Fantasia 2000…kind of). In 1998, the original version of Clair de Lune was restored and screened at the London Film Festival.

Kali does Corona Park…

I’m a huge, huge, huge 1964-65 New York World’s Fair fan. And on May 23, I finally got to visit the Mecca of NYWF fandom – CORONA PARK at Flushing Meadows in Queens! My good-natured friend Dasha accompanied me. In fact, she assisted me greatly by taking a few photos (See a galleryful of my Corona Park images here).

Here are a few pics of the Unisphere, the fair’s official symbol and the embodiment of the fair’s aim:  Peace through [global] understanding.

“It will remain as a permanent reminder of man’s aspirations for peace through understanding, and a symbol of his achievements in an expanding universe. Unisphere is truly the miracle in the meadow.”

~ US Steel Ad

This 900,000 pound stainless steel structure was designed by Gilmore Clark and engineered/constructed by United States Steel’s American Bridge Division.

Kali, the Unisphere, and the NYS Pavilion observation towers.
Kali, the Unisphere, and the New York State Pavilion towers. Photographed by Dasha.
Classic Unisphere.
Classic shot of the Unisphere with USTA-Arthur Ashe Stadium in the background. The tennis stadium sits where the Federal Building (aka the United States Pavilion) sat during the fair (and until 1976, when it was finally removed). Photo by Kali Pappas.
Unisphere + NYS Pavilion.
The Unisphere and the New York State Pavilion observation towers. By Kali Pappas.
NYS Pavilion observation towers, viewed through the "roof" of the Tent of Tomorrow.
NYS Pavilion observation towers, viewed through the "roof" of the Tent of Tomorrow. By Kali Pappas.
New York State Pavilion Observation Towers
More NYS Pavilion observation deck action. By Kali Pappas.

You can learn more about the Unisphere, the NYS Pavilion, and the rest of the fair at NYWF64.com, an excellent resource for NYWF enthusiasts.

Bunny Costume, ca. 1966…

From the CBC archives, a look at life in the Playboy Bunny outfit…

Man on Wire

Here’s a trailer for a crazy documentary about tightrope phenomenon Philippe Petit and his successful 1974 attempt to cross the span between WTC 1 & 2 on a wire. The film is streaming on Netflix!

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