National Geographic : 1965 Apr
CLASSROOM IN A CARNIVAL. A journey round the world. A look back in time, and a window on the future. A treasure house of religious faiths. A procession of products. And a dream of "Peace through Understanding." This is the New York World's Fair of 1964-1965. Here you can see how atoms collide in the first public demon stration of controlled nuclear fusion, at General Electric. Listen to the rustle of stars as picked up by a radiotele scope at Ford. Take a journey into space, booked by the Martin Company in the Hall of Science. See how your voice "looks" on TV at the Bell System (page 515). Sample the sights, sounds, and smells of faraway lands in the pavilions of 66 nations. Admire masterpieces: El Grecos and Picassos at Spain; Michelangelo's "Pieta" at the Vatican Pavilion. We met by accident over delectable ham sandwiches in the Danish Pavilion. Dr. Robert Fernie and his wife, from Hutchinson,Kansas, hadjust seen the "Pieta,"and we discovered a shared reverence for the sculpture. The marble statue of Mary holding the body of her son, the Christ, looked like thefinest porcelain in the Jo Mielziner setting of blue drapery and lights. "But the body of Christ is the marvel," said Dr.Fernie. "The anatomy is perfect; as a doctor, I know." See an automobile assembly line in action at Chrysler. Watch the Nation's population grow at Equitable Life Assurance. Rest in the Garden of Meditation or find in spiration in the music of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. See children playing in Denmark's model of the Tivoli Gardens or wondering at people disappearing in General Cigar's Hall of Magic. Watch a Japanese troupe dance to exciting new rhythms combining traditional music and jazz. Walk down a street in Hong Kong at Coca-Cola. Dine in a tree house on dishes from Africa. Thrill to Poly nesian fire-dancers or Mexican flyers (page 512). Sip Irish coffee in the House of the Emerald Isle. In the entrance court of the Pavilion of Ireland, I paused before a huge map splashed at their counties of origin with the names of Irishfamilies. A mother, father, and two small sons stood by in rapt attention as a voice boomed name after name in the inimitable accent of Ire land. When the name McCarthy was called, the mother spoke: "Now you've heard it, we can move on." Clearly, the McCarthy family had just passed by. Pick up the name of a pen pal from the Parker Pen Pavilion; study the history of life on earth and the prog ress of man in the dioramas at Travelers Insurance; test your driving skill at Socony Mobil. Catch a new vision of the wonder of life in a film at Johnson's Wax. Feel at home with the dinosaurs at Sin clair Oil. Savor the flavor of France with the naughty puppets, "Les Poupees de Paris." Stroll through the re created Belgian Village. Plunge down a roaring cataract in the Log Flume Ride. Hi! Ho! Come to the Fair. CAROLYN BENNETT PATTERSON 506 Spirit of Spain-dignity, tra dition, color-fills the theater of the Spanish Pavilion where dancers, guitarists, and opera stars perform. Here Antonio Gades and Curra Jimenez dance the flamenco. In the spacious stone pavilion, cool patios open onto galleries of priceless paintings by Goya, Velazquez, Dali, and Miro. The battle sword of El Cid hangs outside a hall of documents relating to Columbus's voyages. The pavilion's Toledo and Granada restaurants rank among the best at the Fair. Twirling aloft, Ferris wheel accommodates 96 passengers, four to a cab, and lifts them 80 feet above the Fair. United States Rubber produced this gigantic whitewall tire of polyester resin reinforced with glass fiber. The first Ferris wheel highlighted the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893.