The RCA pavilion, looking from the outside like a cluster of white and copper drums, has several exhibit sections and a TV studio that serves as the Fair's official Color Television Communications Center. The Center is linked via closed circuit to over 250 color TV sets located around the fairgrounds; a completely equipped color mobile unit supplies coverage of news and special events. Televised over the network are official announcements and ceremonies, film clips filled with facts about the Fair and a "living guidebook" of six-to- eight-minute visits to points of interest on the grounds. In addition, lost children are brought to the studio and put on television so parents can find them by watching the TV receivers elsewhere on the grounds.
|The RCA Pavilion viewed from the Gotham Plaza entrance, with a Greyhound Glide-a-ride tram passing by a stand selling souvenir guide books. (CD #24 Set129 #28)|
|RCA had one of the best locations at the Fair. It was the first pavilion guests seen as they entered the Gotham Gate, which was the main entrance for those coming to the Fair by subway or the Long Island Rail Road. (CD #21 Set 111 #1)|
The Public on TV. People entering the
pavilion can walk by a camera and see themselves in color on monitor sets.
It may be hard to believe today, but in 1964 the thrill of seeing yourself on television was a big deal. And in color it was even more unique! (CD #20 Set 105 #10)
Programs in the Making. A ramp leads to the second
floor and a glass wall through which the color television studio can be seen
below. There is something taking place at all times: a show being broadcast
live, a taping, a rehearsal or a stage being set. Monitors show how the
activities in the studio appear on the screen. The ramp also passes directly
above the control room, where a director, aided by technicians, may be
watched at work.
Inside the pavilion, guests could see themselves on color television, which was still relatively new back in 1964. They could also watch a variety of shows being taped, such as this one showcasing animals from the Bronx Zoo.(Pana-Vue 641Q4)
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