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.
Wow that's the one i was looking for! Ray brought me over by there in the old original Bush Gardens, now built up with very beautiful houses. We explored some and went in some, and then down to the real back roads of pasadena where we did some conservation work, and i even did a bit of subterranean caving, a sport i still did back. I even gave a speech. Some photos are knocking around. He told me Batman lived near there. He was a great guy, extremely personable, wonderful speaking voice. He always told me your money's no good here. Great guy. I miss him.
I was just telling my friend about watching some local Calif. Tv show in a motel room, Huell Howser's show i think. He was in the home of a couple who were married for a lot of years and every single Valentine's Day the man drew his wife a picture. There were all hung on the wall and framed and she was so proud of them. it was so cute. I wonder if the that show still exists too.
Everybody and his little brother and their mother asked me a question back then, especially in '65 when i drove the bus. They didn't shake my hand tho, except that guy with the big knife, but that's another story. It irked me at the time, especially the guy with the knife, to put it mildly. I put it all in my big WF cartoon that's now lamentably lost. When I was back at the fairgrounds in 2001, I think, for one of our worlds fair shing dings, some stranger actually approached me and asked me directions. He must have smelled who I was was. So just for old times sent I let him in the wrong direction yuk yuk yuk!
Me too. Gee, I haven't seen the tapes that Ray gave me in a long time, and I've lost quite a bit in my travels around the west (like my Jean Shepherd stuff}, but i think it may be in a box, and i was going to look through my old boxes anyway because some fool wants me to scan some cartoons from my old cartoon book (which is still on amazon after lo these many years!...but unfortunately the big crowded cartoon i drew of my experiences at the nywf is long gone.
Yeah, it was great, Jim. I think it was March 1964 (started training before the fair opened) to Oct 1964 with the winter off, and in the winter i visited, and stayed with some, fair employees who lived in Texas. Too bad it didn't last forever. There were quite a few fair followers working there tho. They were in Seattle before and then Montreal. They tried to make it last forever. Even if it did i guess i wouldn't have stayed young forever anyway. Maybe i would have. Maybe fairs are halfway in the twilight zone...
It was a nasty rumor that circulated at the NYWF, especially amongst the Pinkerton crowd, that i was in the habit of knocking over Dempsey - or was it Dempster? - Dumpsters when in truth i just used to crash into them or sideswipe them. Also in Navy boot camp they assigned me to guard one of them (were they afraid that spies would steal it?) that was filled with rotten vegetables from the chow hall. I can still smell it. They should ban those things. They are dangerous. The dent up your bus when you bump into them. Then you have to worry about Mister Peterson noticing it and asking, "Why is the bus squashed in on the right side!?" "Gee, I don't know. I got it like that. Probably the guy before me crashed into a depsey dumster or something."