Doug Seed and Wayne Bretl started the day with a trip on the #7 to the Queens Burger King
We then went back to Willett's Point and began looking for remnants of the Fair, including what appears to be original blue paint
We strolled around, waiting to get wet, but the morning rain stopped for us. The blue paint in the Fountain of the Continents reflected strongly in the Unisphere
Mike Kraus came in on the #7, and all three of us headed over towards the Hall of Science.
We discovered the entrance to the Underground Home, but we didn't think anyone would believe it. ;>)
We continued to the Hall of Science, and got free admission as guests of BBQ Productions!
We were introduced to Cotrice and her fiancé Bruce "Hoodlock" Mentone.
We got a peek into the main hall, which is under repair. Doug looked up at the outside of the wall and pointed out how thin the panels are.
I got a snap of some of the crowd outside the auditorium, and of daBench inside, then put the camera away and enjoyed the show!
Afterwards, I hurried back to the hotel to get my "show and tell", then met the group on the way to the Parkside.
[NOTE -everyone please check the names and let me know if I got any wrong!!]
The party consisted of Corinne and David Oats, Greg Godfrey, Phil Ras, Fred Stern, Brian "FEZ"
Corringham,daBench,Doug Seed, and Wayne Bretl.
We had a great time. Everyone tried on Bench's glasses, including the waiter! Corinne, David, and Greg had to leave right after dinner, but the rest of us walked over to the lemon ice place. The rain that had stayed away all day began to come back, so we stood under the awning and our umbrellas while having this taste of heaven.
Bench and Brian wanted us to see their unofficial handiwork - The lettering on these entrance columns used to be unreadable, but with some black paint applied by cotton swabs and toothbrushes, they got them in fine shape. Brian told how he just waltzed in and went to work without consulting the Parks Department. Fortunately, they he was able to do a good part of it before someone showed up, so it was obvious he wasn't defacing the stones. Then, he managed to avoid eye contact with the Parks employee who parked right next to him and watched for a long time until finally asking what was gong on. When Brian was half done with one of the more elaborate stones, he contacted Bench, and they went on to restore all the similar markers in the Park.
After visiting the gate, we went around to the Wisconsin Pavilion site for a view of the Unisphere and a look at Robert Moses' office (something to see just because there is nothing to see - he set up shop in a nondescript, utilitarian Parks building that houses some offices and computer graphics labs today.