This year begins the 50th anniversary of the Worlds Fair of 1964-65 in Corona Queens. I remember attending the fair with my good friend Harry Weymer, in the summer of ’64. We were 13 and 14 years of age at the time. My friend’s father drove us there and told us to be careful and to have a good time, and we did.
Harry and I walked around all day long to see and experience all that was there. Much was to be seen and to be remembered. There were crowds there that we had never seen anywhere else.
We stood on long lines like the one for the Ma Bell exhibit, which showed the future when you could talk to someone and see his or her image on the other end. There were many others exhibits that showed space, culture and technological advancements of the future. Some of these advancements have come about and others have not occurred yet. It has been said that today’s science fiction is tomorrow’s reality. It was true then and it’s true today.
Harry and I lost contact in the ’70s, but the other day, after about 45 years, Harry found me. He’s a retired schoolteacher in upstate New York and is helping establish a reunion of our eighth-grade class at Grace Lutheran Day School in Queens Village. We had a long conversation about that day at the World’s Fair. We talked about how our minds were open to the possibilities of a better world. Much has changed and much more needs to be done to better our world to help the many. The World’s Fair of ’64 is not to be forgotten.