A Queens man whose memories of the 1964 World's Fair were captured in pictures and on film shared his story with NY1 on the 50th anniversary of the fair's opening. NY1's Ruschell Boone filed the following report.
Many people can tell you about their time at the 1964 World's Fair, but Ed Gossett can also show you. His father took a film of the family at the futuristic event.
"That's my mother and her sister," Gossett said. "That's my uncle. That's me with the red hair. That's my cousin."
His brother was also there, and Gossett, who was eight years old at the time, says the 9-millimeter film highlights the memories that are already vivid in his mind. He found it, along with some pictures, at his parents' home two years ago.
"To look at it 50 years later, I can almost hear the music," Gossett said. "I can almost hear the sounds of the fair once again, and it's just, it's an emotional time when you connect with something."
More than 51 million people attended the fair, which was celebrated as The World of Tomorrow. There were hundreds of exhibits showcasing architectural feats, foreign cultures, new technology, amusement rides and more.
"Here we are at the Pepsi-Cola Pavilion, where we were going to wait on line to go see the Walt Disney 'It's a Small World After All,'" Gossett said.
The '64 World's Fair was an iconic event for many baby boomers, but it was short-lived. Controversy plagued the fair for much of its two-year run, and by the time it ended, there were allegations of financial mismanagement.
"The fair was there, and before you knew it, it was gone," Gossett said.
Now, all many have left are their memories.