This year marks the beginning of the 50th anniversary of the 1964/1965 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows, New York. Running in two six-month segments from April through October in 1964 and 1965, it attracted approximately 51 million visitors. With the official theme of “Peace through Understanding,” the fair was a showcase of technological innovation and a vision for the future.
Notable exhibitions included the IBM Pavilion with its hydraulic grandstand or “People Wall” that lifted spectators into an egg-shaped theater to view a film on computer logic. Simultaneously on a lower level, there were demonstrations of the latest and greatest in technological advances such as the handwriting recognition machine, at which IBM promised, “you will be amazed!”