QUEENS, N.Y. — Driving by Flushing Meadows Park with my parents brought out a few stories of their days living nearby.
I had visited the park once before, stopping at the Queens Museum of Art to see the huge scale model of New York City. The model is a cross between Google Earth and, well, the actual Earth. I like the area so much that although I've never been to the adjacent Shea Stadium, I've learned to appreciate the New York Mets.
But back to my parents and their stories.
My dad recalled visiting a booth at the 1964 World's Fair that asked visitors to say where they lived so that the event organizers could notify the proper hometown newspaper. The idea was for, say, the Appleton Post-Crescent to publish an item saying that local Appleton resident Jimbob Johnson was at the World's Fair in New York.
Anyway, my dad told them that he was from New York.
Then he waited to see if his local newspaper, the New York Times, wrote about him.