2015-06-24 / Editorials

33 Times Around

We are celebrating the Gazette’s 33rd anniversary in an understated, simple way – we are not planning a big, extravagant edition – only putting our regular issue out, as we have done these past 1,700-plus issues.

As you can imagine, our goal is always to put out accurate, timely information. We thank you for being our readers.

And now, to shift the focus to our number one concern, we want to point out how Queens has never been more important than it is now, and the celebration of the World’s Fairs of 1939-40 and 1964-65 – dual anniversaries, 50th and 75th – highlights how important the World’s Fair was for the development of Queens and putting us on the world’s stage. The World’s Fair is how we became “The World’s Borough.” It is still putting Queens in the spotlight, in fact. Two Hollywood productions in the past few months feature the World’s Fair: In Big Eyes, the Tim Burton film starring Amy Adams, Jason Schwartzman and Terence Stamp, an important plot point revolved around the 1964-65 World’s Fair. And the film, Tomorrowland, starring George Clooney, was literally about the World’s Fair.

Clearly, on our 33rd anniversary, we look back fondly, nostalgically at our 33- plus years, before that, and perhaps more importantly, we look forward.

And if anybody out there can think of a good joke with the number 33 (we like the association with 33 rpm, for those of us who still remember our LPs) to tie into our anniversary as well, let us know.

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