Wednesday, February 25, 2015
The Town I Grew Up In, the 1964 World's Fair, by Joan Tavolott
When I was 15 the World's Fair was held in NYC a short train ride from where I lived, in Flushing which is part of Queens. My mother let us go there on our own with friends and we went as often as we could get the money for the admission. I was usually with my sister, Fran, who was a year older than me, and often with my brother, Joe, who was a year younger than me. Fran and I were best friends, were in the same school, and had lots of mutual friends. Fran was a bit flirt so a big part of our time at the World's Fair was meeting the young guys who worked there or were visiting like us. I remember so many things from that summer, which also was the summer my oldest sister, Mickey, got married at the age of 19. This is the Unisphere which was in the middle of the park where the fair was held. 49 years later this structure (and a few others) still stands in Flushing Meadow Park and can be seen from the highway as you drive past the park.