The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

The Fair: Peace Through Understanding #2

Original Caption:

New York -- Audience members sit in grandstands known as the People's Wall, in the IBM Pavilion at the New York City World's Fair. A mechanical system raised the 500 seat grandstands within the building so that the audience could watch a film on the inner workings of computer logic. (1964)


Tempest said...

And if grandstand like this had been designed by Microsoft.....

Oh the humanity.

P-Dub said...

I remember this very well and it was called the "people wall". If you think about the time that this opened you know they would never have name it The "People's" Wall.

Flickhead said...

Just a footnote: in the bonus features on the DVD for What a Way to Go! (1964), there's a black and white featurette of the stars -- Dean Martin, Bob Cummings, Shirley MacLaine, Gene Kelly -- decked out in formal evening attire, taking a subway ("What a way to go!") from midtown Manhattan to Flushing Meadows to the Fair where the film supposedly premiered.

As for the People Wall, I vaguely remember it. I believe it freaked out my mother (claustrophobia). I was too busy obsessing over the Sinclair dinosaurs.

swac said...

Considering the stuff IBM built for the Germans in the '40s, the concept of their People Wall is a mite disturbing.