Staged to celebrate the completion of the Panama Canal, and drawing over 19 million visitors in only nine months, the Pan-Pacific International Expo rose like a literal jewel from the ashes of San Francisco's 1906 Earthquake and Fire.
A Century of Progress International Exposition was held in Chicago, Illinois from 1933 to 1934 to celebrate the city's centennial. The theme of the fair was technological innovation. Its motto was "Science Finds, Industry Applies, Man Conforms".
The 1939-40 New York World's Fair, located on the current site of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, was one of the largest world's fairs of all time. The fair ran for two seasons and over 44 million people attended.
The Golden Gate International Exposition was held in San Francisco, California to celebrate the opening of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge. The exposition's first season ran from February 18, 1939 through October 29, 1939 and its second season was from May 25, 1940 through September 29, 1940.
The 1964/1965 New York World’s Fair, located on the current site of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. The fair ran for two seasons and took place without sanctioning from the Bureau of International Expositions.
Expo 67 was held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada from April 27 to October 29, 1967. It was considered to be the most successful World's Fair of the 20th century, with over 50 million visitors and 62 nations participating.
I have several cassettes recorded from the 9:15 and 10:15 WOR shows. For years my big regret was missing the opportunity to record his sponsor Hal Jackson's final Palisades "Come On Over" commercial jingle, when the Park closed .
Enter internet. Now I have a digital copy of the TV commercial including the jingle and Jackson's announcing . And Shep has a deservedly huge internet presence.
I read a story of a ham radio guy hearing Shep's call sign and hailing, possibly outting him as Shep (?), only to be met with silence. Guess he likes his private time to remain private.
What fun to read about Ol' Shep! During my 14 months in NY I listened practically every evening to Jean on station WOR. I tape-recorded many hours of his wonderful humor stories and triple-edited them in succeeding years, boiling them down to their funniest essence on four CDs. That was when editing required a razor-blade, tape, and immense patience. In the seventies one of my marketing associates identified himself as having been a friend of Shep's brother in Indiana. On a business trip together with him in NY, one snowy winter evening, he offered to take me to WOR and introduce me to the great man. Unfortunately, when he called the station, we learned that he was on vacation at home on Sanabel Island, Florida. In the eighties, with my audio editing finalized, I wrote a letter to Shep at Sanabel, indicating I would be in Florida soon and would be delighted to deliver a copy to him. To my disappointment I received no reply. I believe he was ill at the time, or maybe he wasn't interested. In recent years I added a fifth CD based on the internet feeds mentioned by the other folks. In my opinion, Shepherd was one of the world's finest story-tellers.