Wednesday, October 17, 2012
On October 17, 1965, the 1964/1965 New York World's Fair closed its gates for the last time. Its theme was "Peace Through Understanding," dedicated to "Man's Achievement on a Shrinking Globe in an Expanding Universe," symbolized by the 12-story, stainless-steel Unisphere, built by United States Steel. Dominated by corporate exhibitors including IBM, the Bell System, Disney and GM with its exciting “Futurama,” the fair ran for two six-month seasons in each year. In the calm before the Vietnam War, it was a shameless extravaganza of consumer goods, transportation (Ford introduced its new Mustang) and technology (especially phones and computers). Attendance of 51 million was below expectations, and final finances were a mess. The Unisphere still stands in Flushing Meadows, Queens.