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.
The following bits of information were gleaned from the Fair Corporations records at the New York Public Library during one of my many fact finding missions over the years:
Robert Moses entire Yale graduating class of 1909 was invited.
Robert Moses lamented the passing of his fellow classmates.
One assistant to Roberts Moses said remove a name from the list because "He's dead."
Fair officials were very concerned that President Lyndon Baines Johnson wouldn't come to the opening ceremonies.
Former President Eisenhower wouldn't come from Palm Springs because it was "Too much of an effort to travel across the country". Fair officials asked him to write a statement, which he did.
Former President Hoover was too frail to come. He was also asked to send a statement.
Former President Truman was in attendance and did speak.
President Johnson's assistant (possibly Kenny O'Donnell) actually asked fair officials to move the opening date of the fair to 4/20 to accommodate the president’s schedule. Fair officials politely declined by explaining that was just not possible given the complexities involved.
Fair officials debated whether or not to invite Grover Whalen's widow. They did and she wrote a very grateful thank you letter to Robert Moses.
Many people made personal pleas for tickets to the opening ceremonies and fair officials went out of their way to accommodate most, if not all of the requests.
The invited guest list quickly grew from 5 to 10 to 15 thousand people in the last 2 months leading up to opening day.
Fair officials were very concerned about how it would "appear" if the former or current presidents didn't all accept their invites.
Fair officials worked with presidential intermediaries to get a feel if The White House would accept if an "official" invite was sent.
The letter sent to President John F. Kennedy on 11/21/63 about attending the fairs opening had a note attached to it dated 11/22/63 saying that it was retrieved from the mail room before it could be sent.
A two thousand guest official party was planned for the Top of the Fair restaurant, but it was canceled once fair officials found out that President Johnson wouldn't be attending.
Robert Moses table at the official party would have been 11 people instead of 10 at all the others.
The centerpiece on Robert Moses table at the official party was to have been a certain kind of flowers in a round black basket.
Fair official (possibly Ernestine Haig) pointed out that the fair is the star of the show, not any politician that the public can see on TV at any event or holiday.
" What ever advice he got from the bus driver turned out to be pretty good"
It must have been someone else he talked to then. It bugged me then how everybody asked me questions. Now of course i wish i could go back in time and do it again, just for one day. I remember that man who approached me when i was driving the gar in 64 and said whistfully that he drove one of those in the last fair, 25 years before in 39. I made some smart aleck response. Anyway, i'm glad you had a good time and got to see everything, which was more than i did!
I agree it's a nuisance for planning a route through the grounds to your must-see exhibits, or evn for seeing what's nearby you rcurrent location, but on the other hand, there are people who can't make the connection from their location to a visual map and vice-versa anyway. I had this driven home (no pun inteneded) when I sent out a map with the route to my house for the camera club, and one person managed to drive by my house twice without recognizing where she was, gave up, and went back home. Given written turn by turn instructions, she found it fine.
My whole point to this topic is: Couldn't the map in the first edition of the Guide book be a little more descriptive?
Could you see someone getting this edition, looking at this map and saying, "I'm not going, it's too confusing".