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That’s Dad!

May 2024
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I was reading the article “Capsule History” (November 1999) with great interest when I was startled to see the face of my father in the photo of the Westinghouse capsule on page 93. I was reminded that Dad was a carpenter working at the New York World’s Fair during its construction, in 1938–39. In the photo Michael Wells is on the far right behind the uniformed troops, wearing a fedora and his carpenter’s overalls. At the time he was forty-six years old, and the World’s Fair was a godsend. He had emigrated from Ireland around 1920, and his life was not too easy during the Depression years.

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