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.
Doris was, for a brief time, part of my family tree. She married cousin Barry in the 1970s, but the marriage only lasted 4 years. I never met either Doris or Barry but occasionally visited with Barry's sister. She did not have any contact with them either - so there was no family advantage in meeting Doris.
I encourage you to do so, speedwell! Wherever you stay will be pricey but won’t have the spectacular space of this unique venue. I was there many times as a kid; even before my cocktail swirling days I felt I was in another world.
Plus you get to go inside a Connie!
Please go and report back!
expo boy, Doris Day did not fly. In fact, she won the presidential medal of freedom given by President George W. Bush in 2004, but did not attend the ceremony. She declined a Kennedy Center honors presentation because she would not fly. She was offered film roles right up until 2015, but declined every opportunity because they would take her from her beloved Carmel. I also suspect she was a woman who did not measure her successes by the number of awards or accolades. I believe her success was the fact that she always found joy in just what she was doing.