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"Man in the 5th Dimension"
Todd-AO short film for the World's Fair in 1964

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Written by: Thomas Hauerslev, editor in70mm.com Date: 6 March 2005
One of the most unique and rarely seen Todd-AO films ever produced, was a 28 minute film filmed in 1963 to be shown exclusively at the Billy Graham Pavilion at the 1964-65 Worlds Fair in New York, USA. The film was shown 10 times a day in a purpose built 400 seat theatre. The film was seen by more than 1 million spectators and has since completely disappeared in it's original Todd-AO version.

In January 2005 I discovered a superbly well documented story Mr. Eric Paddon about "Man in the 5th Dimension" and the Billy Graham Pavilion in which the film was shown. Eric Paddon documents the participation of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association at the New York World's Fair and with his kind permission, I have reprinted his article and information about the Todd-AO film from the souvenir program and soundtrack. For a complete coverage of Todd-AO in a religious context, I recommend the 1964 worlds fair nywf64.com web site and especially the coverage of the Billy Graham Pavilion.
 
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This article first appeared on nywf64.com September 2002. Reprinted by kind permission from the author Eric Paddon.
 

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Eric Paddon teaches American and World History at County College Of Morris, New Jersey and has also taught History at Wheaton (IL) College where the papers of Dr. Billy Graham are kept. His dissertation on Dr. Graham's friendships with U.S. presidents will soon be published as a book. He grew up in Chatham, NJ and remembers his first view of the World's Fair site in the mid-1980s en route to a Mets game and being drawn to the sight of the eternally stopped Sky-Streak elevator in the New York State Pavilion.
 
It's difficult to find the words to thank Eric enough for all of the work he put into this Feature. His research into the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association archives at Wheaton College presents a unique insight into how the Billy Graham Pavilion came to be at the Fair and reminds us of the importance of religion even as the Space Age was in full swing. Without his efforts, the Graham Pavilion Feature would not have been nearly so interesting and thorough.

Thank you, Eric!
 
Bill Young, web master, nywf64.com
 
Hi Thomas, and thank you for your e-mail. I'm glad you think my article can be helpful for your site, and it's okay to run whatever excerpts you need to do so long as your site whenever quoting puts an acknowledgment of reprinted with permission and also offers a link to the site itself for more info about the New York World's Fair. I'll be interested in seeing what your site ultimately looks like!

Sincerely,

Eric Paddon, 25.01.2005

 
   
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