• Short Summary

    PREPARATIONS FOR THE NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR ARE PICKING UP MOMENTUM FOR NEXT APRIL'S OPENING.?

  • Description

    PREPARATIONS FOR THE NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR ARE PICKING UP MOMENTUM FOR NEXT APRIL'S OPENING. THIS IS DESPITE FOREIGN SNUBS AND A SLOW GROWTH OF LOCAL INTEREST. THE BILLION-DOLLAR (THAT IS, 1,000 MILLION DOLLARS) SHOW WILL GET UNDER WAY ON APRIL 22 AND RUN FOR TWO SIX-MONTH SPELLS UNTIL OCTOBER 1965.

    MORE THAN 7,000 WORKMEN ARE BUSILY PUSHING CONCRETE AND STEEL UP ON THE 646-ACRE (261-HECTARE) SITE. SOME 150 BUILDINGS WILL REPRESENT 37 FOREIGN COUNTRIES, SCORES OF U.S. INDUSTRIES, TWO DOZEN STATES AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THE NUMBER OF REPRESENTATIVES WOULD HAVE BEEN MORE, BUT FOR A BOYCOTT BY THE 30 MEMBER STATES OF THE BUREAU OF INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITIONS. THE WORLD'S FAIR CONTRAVENES THE BUREAU'S RULES, WHICH PLACE A SIX-MONTH LIMIT ON INTERNATIONAL FAIRS AND DEMAND RENT-FREE SPACE FOR FOREIGN EXHIBITORS.

    A MINIMUM OF 70,000 VISITORS ARE EXPECTED TO LEAVE 120,000,000 DOLLARS IN ADMISSIONS AT THE TURNSTILES (TWO DOLLARS FOR ADULTS, ONE FOR CHILDREN),WHILE NEW YORK OFFICIALS ANTICIPATE THE FAIR PUMPING 6,000,000,000 DOLLARS INTO THE CITY'S ECONOMIC ARTERIES.

    THE LAST ORANGE-RED GIRDERS FOR THE HUGE, RECTANGULAR 17,000,000-DOLLAR U.S. FEDERAL BUILDING ARE IN PLACE. VISITORS WILL ENTER THROUGH A CENTRAL PYRAMID. EXHIBITS INSIDE WILL REVOLVE AROUND THE IDEA, "CHALLENGE TO GREATNESS."
    THE ACCENT IS ON CULTURE AT THE SPANISH BUILDING. VISITORS WILL BE ABLE TO SEE SPANISH STAGE PERFORMANCES AND GREAT WORKS OF SPANISH ART. THE BUILDING WAS DESIGNED BY FRANCISCO FERRER, PROFESSOR OF ARCHITECTURE IN MADRID.

    CULTURE, TOO, AT THE IBM (INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES) PAVILION. AS WELL AS COMPUTER EXHIBITS, THERE WILL BE A THEATRE. SEATS AND STANDING ROOM REST ON A HYDRAULIC LIFT, ON WHICH PEOPLE WILL BE CARRIED FROM THE GROUND.

    THE BELL (AMERICAN TELEPHONE AND TELEGRAPH CO.) BUILDING WILL DISPLAY THE PROGRESS OF COMMUNICATIONS. UNDER THE DOME AT THE GENERAL ELECTRIC BUILDING WILL SEE THE FIRST PUBLIC DEMONSTRATION OF THERMONUCLEAR FUSION.

    THE POWER AND LIGHT BUILDING WILL BE THE FOCAL POINT FOR VISITORS AND NEW YORKERS ON THE NIGHT OF THE FAIR'S OPENING. FOR A TREMENDOUS, 12,000,000,000,000-CANDLEPOWER SHAFT OF LIGHT WILL STAB MILES INTO THE SKY TO LET EVERYONE KNOW WITHIN EYE-SHOT THAT THE FAIR IS IN BUSINESS.

    VATICAN TREASURES - SPECIALLY SHIPPED OVER - WILL BE A CROWD PULLER AT THE VATICAN PAVILION. MICHELANGELO'S WHITE-MARBLE PIETA, THE CRUCIFIED CHRIST IN THE ARMS OF THE VIRGIN, WILL MAKE ITS FIRST APPEARANCE OUTSIDE ST. PETER'S.

    THEN ON TO MORE OF THE FOREIGN HEADQUARTERS. THE PHILIPPINES BUILDING RESPLENDENT BEFORE A LAGOON...TAIWAN WILL DISPLAY ANCIENT CHINESE ART, AND QUENCH VISITORS' THIRSTS WITH FREE TEA ... THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS AND STAINED-GLASS PORTRAYALS OF BIBLICAL SCENES WILL BE ON DISPLAY IN THE JORDAN BUILDING ... SUDAN WILL SHOW NATIVE ARTS AND CRAFTS ... IN SWITZERLAND'S ALPINE CHALET-SHAPED HEADQUARTERS, PEOPLE CAN FEAST ON SWISS FOOD AND GAZE AT HUNDREDS OF WATCHES, INCLUDING AN ATOMIC ONE ACCURATE TO ONE-MILLIONTH OF A SECOND.

    FINALLY, TWO MORE U.S. EXHIBITS. THE NEW YORK PORT AUTHORITY BUILDING WILL BE TOPPED BY A HELIPORT TO ENABLE PEOPLE TO FLY TO THE FAIR FROM THE HEART OF THE CITY. THE GIGANTIC FORD BUILDING IS 500 FEET (151 METRES) LONG AND SEVEN STOREYS HIGH. BUT JUST WHAT'S GOING ON INSIDE FORD WON'T SAY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEWBB5I0CRKP5NP2GX1Q0P5715
    Media URN:
    VLVAEWBB5I0CRKP5NP2GX1Q0P5715
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/10/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:44:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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