“… and no fare to anybody.“
— The Firesign Theatre
As a special addition to yesterday’s post, we offer a special multimedia post related to the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair.
My dad was kind enough to scan in a dozen or so pictures taken by my grandfather at the fair on July 21, 1964. If you’d like to see ’em, click here to go to my Flickr photoset. I’ll also post one or two of my favorites here:
As a thirtysomething pop geek, I am also required to post a link to They Might Be Giants’ “Ana Ng,” undoubtedly the finest song ever to mention the ’64 World’s Fair.
The promotional video is profoundly annoying (TMBG at their nerdiest); I suggest letting the music play while you look at something else, like paint drying or beef stewing. But the song is still worth listening to. Truly, pop music has never birthed a question more haunting or poignant than: “Who was at the DuPont Pavilion? Why was the bench still warm? Who had been there?”
My multimedia capabilities do not extend to scratch-and-sniff, much less tasting. But if you’re looking to capture the ’64 World’s Fair vibe at home, you might want to check out what purports to be the original Belgian waffle recipe that was all the rave at the fair.
Sangria was reportedly introduced to mainstream America there as well, and this is allegedly the original recipe as served in Flushing Meadow.
(Ahhhhh. Waffles and sangria. The breakfast of champions.)