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Interview with Al Darren

Collection: Collection on the 1939-1940 New York World's Fair
Date: 1980 Material: height: 11 x width: 8 1/2 inches, 3 pages
Contributor: Susman, Warren, 1927-1985 Identifier: aql:2266 1980.8.43WF39 QMOA

Description: Interview with Al Darren conducted on July 19th, 1980, recalling his experiences as a teenager sneaking in through the northeast corner to attend the 1939-1940 New York World's Fair. Darren discusses various government pavilions, being on television, and the unsolved bombing at the Great Britain Pavilion in 1940. He recalls meeting Billy Rose at a dress rehearsal for Billy Rose's Aquacade and concludes with how the Fair influenced his career path. Transcript from oral histories conducted under the direction of Warren Susman in conjunction with the "Dawn of A New Day" exhibition at the Queens Museum of Art in 1980. Some transcripts may be incomplete or may not follow the interview verbatim.

Collection : aql:5839; vital:1

Contributor : Susman, Warren, 1927-1985

Date : 1980

Summary/Description : Interview with Al Darren conducted on July 19th, 1980, recalling his experiences as a teenager sneaking in through the northeast corner to attend the 1939-1940 New York World's Fair. Darren discusses various government pavilions, being on television, and the unsolved bombing at the Great Britain Pavilion in 1940. He recalls meeting Billy Rose at a dress rehearsal for Billy Rose's Aquacade and concludes with how the Fair influenced his career path. Transcript from oral histories conducted under the direction of Warren Susman in conjunction with the "Dawn of A New Day" exhibition at the Queens Museum of Art in 1980. Some transcripts may be incomplete or may not follow the interview verbatim.

Subject : New York World's Fair (1939-1940 : New York, N.Y.); General Electric Company; Pavilions; World War, 1939-1945; General Motors Corporation; Then & now comparisons; Rose, Billy, 1899-1966; Entertainment events

Rights : This object is part of the collection of the Queens Museum, and was cataloged with the generous support of the Council on Libraries and Information Resources (CLIR) as part of a Cataloging Hidden and Special Collections and Archives grant project, in collaboration with the Museum of the City of New York and Queens Library. These objects cannot be accessed at the Queens Library. Please contact info@queensmuseum.org in order to learn more about the object or to access it.

Coverage : Flushing Meadows-Corona Park (New York, N.Y.) Queens (New York, N.Y.)

Type : transcripts

Format : height: 11 x width: 8 1/2 inches, 3 pages

Identifier : aql:2266 1980.8.43WF39 QMOA

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Subject:
New York World's Fair (1939-1940 : New York, N.Y.); General Electric Company; Pavilions; World War, 1939-1945; General Motors Corporation; Then & now comparisons; Rose, Billy, 1899-1966; Entertainment events
Rights Notice
This object is part of the collection of the Queens Museum, and was cataloged with the generous support of the Council on Libraries and Information Resources (CLIR) as part of a Cataloging Hidden and Special Collections and Archives grant project, in collaboration with the Museum of the City of New York and Queens Library. These objects cannot be accessed at the Queens Library. Please contact info@queensmuseum.org in order to learn more about the object or to access it.