Unisphere, New York World's Fair, 1964
Pretty soon this mania I seem to have acquired should play itself out. Besides vintage line art from old textbooks, I have thousands of personal snapshots I have scanned. The image of a vengeful lizard taking out a city isn't new, but I have a story about this one. When I was thirteen my grandparents took me by Amtrak to New York City. I was thrilled. We rode the subway, saw Barefoot in the Park with Robert Redford, ate cheesecake at Sardis, and spent a couple of days at the World's Fair. I particularly remember the Wisconsin exhibit (the world's largest cheese), a Disney animated display that sang It's a Small World After All, and the Michelangelo's Pieta, viewed from a moving walkway, and an ultramodern Kodak pavilion with a huge movie screen that foreshadowed Imax. We also went to the Sinclair Dinoland. That area featured life-sized fiberglass dinosaurs and had sidewalks edged with lava rocks. I backed up with my Brownie camera to take a photo of the T-Rex. I didn't feel anything at first, but then a woman tapped me on the shoulder and asked if I knew I was bleeding. Sure enough, I had lacerated my ankle on the sharp rock, and my canvas flat was soaked. Dinosaurs can be dangerous.