Thought Repository

Quasi Takes Manhattan

This weeking the entire Worlds Fair for Kids team had to go with Quasi to NY. The WFK had schedule for Quasi to be meeting guests and promoting the event this April in the NY Hall of Science in Queens. In addition they had scheduled for us to show Quasi on the local WB11 morning news on Friday and Fox & Friends, Fox's national morning show, on Saturday. Fox ended up cancelling however, due to hurricane Rita. It was an exciting trip, here are the highlights.

Thursday we drove down in a truck and suburban. When we got there a closed road and one way streets made it quite a puzzle to find a semi-legal way to get to our hotel (once we figured out where it was in the first place). We were staying right at 40th St and 5th Ave. After I solved that puzzle, it was 1:30am and we had to be at the news station at 4:45am so 2 hours later I was awake again.

In the morning we loaded Quasi off the truck and into the TV studio. As soon as we got in there they asked us if we could film a teaser in 5 minutes, so that was one rushed Quasi setup. Originally they had wanted to cancel when they found out that Quasi was an animatronic figure whose character is a robot and not an actual robot, but we convinced that that this was worthwhile as well, and if we show the pupeteer people wouldn't be misled. Andy taked about Quasi while Lenny operated him, and then they let the newsgirl try it out. They called us all on, but then they nevered showed up. I can't wait to see the footage. Supposedly they got a lot of calls about it.

Most people went back to sleep, but 3 of us went to Queens to find out where the museum was, see what the setup situation would be, and see if we could load-in and store our stuff there that night. First we got in the wrong lane and missed our exit. Several exits later we got off and worked our way back to 11th Street where we thought we wanted to be. After driving around the block a few times, we figured out we'd been given the wrong address. The museum was on 111th. We made our way over there. On the way we saw a cop running down the street after a purse snatcher who stupidly ran into a grocery store.

The museum was really nice. It is in the middle of Flushing Meadows park, the site of the 1937 and 1965 worlds fairs. It was easy to unload and store Quasi in the museum for the night and they let us leave the truck there instead of bringing it back to the city. I bumped into Kevin, the PlayMotion! salesman there, which was a strange coincidence. We took a look around the museum and had fun playing with giant bubbles. We also watched a cow's eye disection (yuck!).

We had lunch at a corner deli and took the subway back to the city. We had a meeting with the CEO of WFK, went to dinner in Chinatown, and went out for a drink.

On saturday we took the subway to the museum, had breakfast at the deli, set up, and had a long day of talking to kids with Quasi. It went very well, the kids loved him. Saturday night we saw Beauty and the Beast on Broadway and went out for drinks that turned into a very productive WFK meeting. Sunday was more of the same at the museum, then we packed up and left.