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    I will definitely be going. There is no way in the world that I would miss a World Expo or an International Expo. With that being said, I have bought Expo tickets for 6 days (July 1 to July 6). I also bought an additional ticket for the Cirque du Soleil Reflekt show that is part of the Expo. I am going to spend the prior day exploring Astana. The day before that will be for exploring Bishkek (in neighboring Kyrgyzstan) - no visa for Kyrgyzstan required for American tourists if staying 60 or less number of days. Round trip plane ticket from DFW to Astana was USD 1013.79 (with an additional USD 63.36 for travel insurance). Round trip plane ticket from Astana to Bishkek was USD 169.56 (with an additional USD 21.88 for travel insurance). A combined trip visiting all the Stan countries along with Russia while visiting the Expo would have been the ultimate dream, but limitations of vacation time as well as money in the bank, make that unrealistic for my situation. However, I am very happy with what I will be fortunate enough to experience. I am especially happy that I could make one of the days, July 6, the National Capital Day of Astana, as part of my Expo visit. Also, July 4th will be a good day to show up at the US pavilion and support my country. Can't wait. I do plan on submitting a trip report after my visit.
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    Just one more week until Central Asia’s first world’s fair opens! @expo2017astana_intl @expo2017astana #WorldsFair #Expo2017 #Expo2017Astana http://ift.tt/2sgp09w More information at http://ift.tt/1PF3AJR view the full post
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    This is the first of two postings replacing the seven original sets, which I realize were excessive. The new series differs in two ways: 1. Every slide has been re-evaluated and, in most cases, improved by using more advanced Photoshop tools, especially reducing or eliminating the pinkish color. 2. All comments from viewers of the original sets are included at the bottom. The photos are in their initial order. The Court of Louis XV, Part One The Court of Louis XV, Part Two: Madame Pompadour. The Court of Louis XV, Part Three. The Court of Louis XV, Part Four. Sleeping Beauty catching a little nap (lasting a hundred years). Our super hero is about to clobber Cyclops, while Lois Lane is too impatient to wait for the elevator. Don’t worry, Lois, I’ll catch you at the 14th floor (I hope) after I smack Mr. Clops in the chops! The Death of Leonardo daVinci, Part One. The Death of Leonardo daVinci, Part Two. The Last Supper. View One. The Last Supper. View Two. Moses with the Ten Commandments. Ed Sullivan introducing the Beatles. Three of the Beatles (I couldn’t get back far enough to get them all, with my standard focus lens). Lady Godiva. Looks more like Rapunzel. The Wolf Man looks like he’s just seen his grocery bill. Wow, that must smart! Jack Ruby slays Lee Harvey Oswald. Young Chactas grieves over his dead Atala. Wikipedia provides the story, plus the painting that inspired this diorama. Another grieving youth, Cyparissus, has accidentally killed his pet stag while out hunting. Wikipedia provides the story. Lit in a bluish glow, Dracula contemplates lunch. From the look of her neck and his lips, the meal has already begun The Court of Napoleon III. Part One. The Court of Napoleon III. Part Two: Napoleon III himself. The Court of Napoleon III. Part Three: Empress Eugenie. COMMENTS FROM VIEWERS: General: Bill Cotter: I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought the lighting was a problem. Eric Paddon: Pictures have disappeared from here! Ralph Quinn: Thanks, Eric. I just noticed it myself. Bill Cotter was able to see them, but I just went ahead and resubmitted them anyway. Hope all is okay now. Bill Cotter: Great shots. Getting the colors right on any of these is a challenge due to the original lighting and the glass. Superman vs. Cyclops: Bill Cotter: That was an actual costume from the TV series. Larry L: The Cyclops was a 5 to 1 favorite in that fight. Superman was badly out of shape and wore some obvious padding under his costume to make it look like he still had big muscles. The Cyclops and his team have filled a protest over the Sup’s majority decision win, saying that Lois Lane deliberately distracted him by cutting up and acting goofy, as you can see in the photo above, but Superman’s people say that the big C was carrying a giant hammer in blatant violation of the Marq of Q rules and should have been disqualified. A rematch may be held at the 2064-65 NY World’s Fair. RalphQuinn: Cyclop’s lawyers claimed that their one-eyed client had no stereoscopic vision, and accidentally bumped Lois Lane. Superior Man got ticked off because he had to drop everything to rescue pesky Ms. Lane for the umpteenth time. Ed Sullivan: RalphQuinn: I decided to pull my earlier post and remove that awful original image of Ed Sullivan, leaving the much-desaturated view. xl5er: That second Ed looks more lifelike than Ed Sullivan himself did. Still not quite Will Jordan.
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    Relying on star power rather then denomination, Billy Graham delivered his message to a large part of the world. The pavilion provided opportunities for art photography. The globe pointed out cities where Graham conducted his 'Crusade for Christ'. Waiting for the great man to appear on the big screen.
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    Paul Frees did the introduction for Lincoln, with Royal Dano being the voice of Lincoln.
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    One of my favorite kinds of Expo collecting is the discovery of stories about how the childhood experiences of certain people at World's Fairs inspired them to achieve all kinds of greatness later in life. And this thread reminds me of one of those tales... related to the Drums of Africa at the pavilion pictured above. The full story is at the link below, but if you're a fan of the 80's rock group TOTO (and even if you're not), you're probably familiar with their biggest hit-- "AFRICA," from their album TOTO IV, which won a Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1983. Anyway, that particular song was inspired in part by the late great drummer Jeff Porcaro's visit to the 1964 New York World's Fair. He never forgot being taken to the Africa Pavilion and hearing the drummers hypnotic rhythms-- so those were the beats he recalled when crafting his own memorable drum part for the song. Jeff Porcaro on his inspiring experience at the '64 NYWF And if you're not familiar with the song, here's a link to that, too... "Africa" by TOTO
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    This view shows the impressive forty-two foot stained glass artwork in the lobby. Cross made from the charred roof beams of the Coventry Cathedral, bombed by the Germans in WWII. A place to park the children. Impressive sculpted Last Supper. Methodist Exhibit. Baptist Exhibit. Lutheran Exhibit. Note: A brief AUDIO file from the Lutheran Exhibit is included, below (0:26). Presbyterian Exhibit. Artwork supplied by the First Presbyterian Church of Utica, NY. Churches of Christ Exhibit. Seventh Day Adventist Exhibit, illustrating the Resurrection. Swedenborgian Exhibit. Founded by scientist and theologian Emmanuel Swedenborg. Called Church of the New Jerusalem. Greek Orthodox Church Exhibit. Displays in the Greek Orthodox Exhibit. Another display in the Greek Orthodox Exhibit. Scene from the 30-minute film "Parable." (Following scenes may or may not be in proper sequence.) Prot:Orth (Lutheran Exhibit).mp3
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    It was the era of LBJ. Entrance to science exhibits. Advances in medicine. New teaching methods using video and other electronics. A two-person submersible. Hey buddy! Which way to the lake? The big news when I was born was "forty days left 'til Christmas." Making friends around the world (and an occasional enemy). On the big screen: A U.S. history lesson. This looks like Revolutionary War days. Fast forward to the Civil War. An immigrant from the Old World. America advances westward, along the telegraph line. Threatening clouds portend WWII . . . . . . With its boffo final act. Familiar faces. LBJ appears to be autographing a photograph.
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    They were quite the hit.
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    Talk about rare.
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    Thank you kindly, Doug. If I'd had an inkling of the web site's existence, I would have acted years earlier. I was thrilled by the fair and felt it was a wonderful subject for an extensive photographic effort. Thirty trips was all I could accomplish, and discovering the Community has revealed how much I missed. I generally looked for architectural and design beauty, plus the unusual. (Or maybe I just snapped anything that moved---r didn't move!)
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    These are great Ralph! You are bringing fresh, new insight to so many of these pavilions. We greatly appreciate your time and effort to share your photos with us! I'm sure you've already had this discussion, but what were the circumstances that you took so many unusual interior shots? How often did you go to the fair? It's fabulous and so unlike most of the photos we've seen of the fair since we started here at PTU some sixteen or seventeen years ago! If someone could post a link to that discussion I'd sure appreciate it.
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    Thanks, Bill. The feeling is mutual. As you know, cleaning up a big collection for uploading is a labor of love, often extending into late hours. But it's like eating potato chips: Just one more slide and I'll quit! (Yeah, sure!) I really appreciate the encouragement that you and the gang have given me.
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    For Jim: (You need half a can of dark pure maple sirop tp make this pie) It was a very good seller in 67 - 50 pies (8 pieces each) everyday and we usually were sold out before 5 pm... 50 years later, I still make it and my friends go nuts for it! Bill will be in Montreal at the end of June for a book signing - I will make sure he gets a piece!
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    My third grade class took a field trip there, many kids had not been away from Potsdam NY and most certainly not to a big city. Our class, less than 20 in size, had one adult chaperone per two or three kids. We each had dog tags with our name, the phone number for lost children and a dime taped on the back. Other schools visiting had the kids hold onto a clothesline to keep the group together. My mother was a chaperone for myself and my best friend. We were at the Australian pavilion where you would sit in the big chairs with speakers that looked like big black eggs so it was hard to see who was in there, if anyone. I sat in one that spoke French so I got up and moved to one speaking English which were very popular so I was sitting much farther away from my original seat. My mother freaked out not being able to find me. Since we lived less than 100 miles away, we would attend every other weekend. Our favorite pavilion, and the first one we would always go to was the Polar Regions. From the entrance to the pavilion, a snow cave presented in layers of flat panels, to the film, a movie that starts in the normal aspect ratio and slowly the screen expands to a panorama flying over the arctic circle always got us in the mood of what's to come that day. My mother was an old classmate of Jim Dine who had a piece of art at the US Pavilion. It was a 20 foot high tall skinny painting in which one half was painted red and the other half was painted... red. I was very unimpressed as a 9 year old artist.
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    Thanks for sharing Jim… let me tell you about my opening day… It’s a bit different but it’s still with me. I’m a Montrealer so I left around 6h30 that morning because I had to be on the site of Expo at 8h00 (will explain further on…). Even at that early hour, a line was already forming at the Berri Metro Station, where you took the Ste-Hélène line metro to Expo. I finally got in at around 7h30 and was away but when the train got in at the Expo station, the lines were already forming and the extremely excited visitors were everywhere… there was still two hour to wait before the gates opened but I had to get in because I had be on the site and start cooking the meat pies and the maple syrup pies for the crowd. You see, I worked there as a cook in a small concession serving only meat pies and maple syrup pies. I finally was able to get to the top of the stairs and was engulfed in a sweet, savory smell: waffles! The same large, square Belgium waffles, with whipped cream and strawberries on top that was such a success in NY and Seattle. There was a food counter near the metro exit and the sweet smell was everywhere. But when I tried to exit the station to go to the barriers, a security guard, not amused, scolded me for trying to get in front of everybody… So I had to show him my employee card, to his surprise since, you see, I was 13, one of the youngest employees on the site (of course, I was too young to be an official Expo staff but in 1967, 13 was legal). I can’t describe how it felt to be able, at this age, to work there (actually, I worked on the site from 1967 to 1973 – greatest student job ever). I usually worked from 7h00 in the morning to 7h00 at night, with a 3 hour break from 2 to 5 – which of course I used to visit everything. I was on the site 162 days (out of 182) and had started working on the 15 of April to prepare the food counter. The second day, with over 560,000 visitors, we ran out of food at 3 in the afternoon… ran out of soft drink about an hour after that. Today, 50 years later, after teaching for over 25 years (both at College and University level) I’m an historian, specialised in expo’s history; after 50 years, I still feel like that kid who discovered the best side of mankind that was displayed in front of me everyday…
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    My favorite time was at night.
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    Fifty years ago yesterday, (April 28), a bus load of ninth graders from a Syracuse area high school parked in front of a Catholic monastery in Westmount. It is an Anglophone enclave overlooking the magnificent city of Montreal. We could see the skyline and Expo 67 glittering below us. That night, we took the brand new Metro to the Central Station beneath the Queen Elizabeth Hotel. From there, we spilled into the streets to explore St. Catherine Street and the city at night. Fifty years ago today, we rode the Metro to Place d'Acceuil where we climbed aboard Expo Express for a quick ride to Ile Ste. Helene. I can still remember the first site of Expo and our first target--the USA pavilion. It was Expo's second full day and attendance hit nearly 570,000. I didn't know that, of course. All I knew was that Expo blew me away. Our teacher reminded us that people would want to know what it was like and to avoid La Ronde. Amusement parks were everywhere but the world was in front of us. He hoped we would explore the international pavilions and bring our observations home to share. I still have my guide book and I remember exploring as much of Ile Ste. Helene with two friends, that long day, as we possibly could. We visited the NYS pavilion to see what our state had to share with all of Canada and the world. I saw the Netherlands, Belgium and Iran. I rode the Mini Rail with friends, right through the USA dome, and later that afternoon we made our way to Labyrinth at Cite du Havre. I've never forgotten its magic, the millions of tiny lights as we followed the guide through the maze to those enormous projection screens--the vertical one stood nearly four stories and that incredible film story. The evening view of Expo was overwhelming and the USA dome looked like some new planet. Sunday morning meant mass and we went to Notre Dame de Montreal. I remember the mass in French but it was the main altar, with that ethereal blue lighting, that just took my breath away. It does every time I see it. Then it was back to the Central Station and the Metro to Expo. We spent the day on Ile Notre Dame and began with the USSR. I visited France, Great Britain and the view from the Canada pavilion and its Katimavik was amazing. The whole exposition was below and Montreal was its backdrop. I saw West Germany, the UN, Ontario, Australia, Switzerland and Austria, Kaleidescope, and Western Provinces. I loved the Telephone pavilion with its 360 degree theatre. Somewhere and somehow, we also saw three of the Theme Pavilions. We were 15. We had nothing but energy to spend. This morning, I returned from a six day hospital stay. I won't go into details but the situation scared the poop out of me. I felt every bit of my mortality all week long and I still do as I type. But all week, I thought back to that glorious trip fifty years ago. I fell in love with Canada and its ubiquitous new Maple Leaf flag, with Montreal and with all things Expo. I visited the most successful and relevant exposition of the 20th Century and while memories fade, impressions often remain. Expo was a celebration of what the world could be and it didn't involve gadgets or marketing. Its message was harmony. I've never forgotten that.
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    They were very different fairs but both were wonderful. They remain my favorite two. I think Expo 67 did have some great architecture - my favorite two buildings were Air Canada and Canadian Pulp & Paper - but NY did have the massive corporate pavilions. I'm headed back to Montreal in June and am looking forward to another walk through the grounds, been a few years since our last trip. Happy Birthday to Expo 67!
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    Hello Everyone: Today marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of Expo 67!!! It just so happens that we are using the same calendar for 2017 that was used in 1967, so this is the exact date 50 years later!!! I like Expo 67, but I still think that NYWF 64/65 had more appealing architecture, especially the large corporate pavilions. I wish that Expo 67 would have had more corporate participation than it did- to me that is one of the things that makes NYWF 64/65 more appealing-- it was more like a giant two-year trade fair, whereas Expo 67 was more about Nations than big business. Just my two cents worth-- I hope that everyone who reads this that visited Expo 67 in person will put some of their memories on here about being there in 1967. I was only three years old, so I was too young to remember Expo when it was going on. Thanks!! Ronald
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    I know Quebec winters are long but at least you get to spend them (it sounds as if you do) in Montreal. It is probably the most beautiful city on the continent and among the most fascinating--even in winter.
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    I will definitely be going. At the moment, thinking of Sat Jun 24 to Sun Jul 9 time frame, with the first week spent in Moscow/St Petersburg and the second week at the Expo itself (6 days Expo, 1 day Astana city tour). Will probably wait till next month to book flights though. I hope to submit a trip report after coming back.
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    My publisher is trying an experiment with Amazon's Kindle Unlimited service for the next three months. Kindle Unlimited allows you to read selected titles for a monthly fee, which I think is $7.99. You can find any of my books by searching for my name, then look for the Kindle Unlimited button. Supposedly I somehow get paid even if you don't buy the book...
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    And like all issues of colonialism, there was a great deal of regret. In fact, we had supported Emilio Aguinaldo who was leading a rebellion against Spain in the mid to late 1890's. Once we attacked Manila in 1898 following the sinking of the Maine in Havana harbor (at the orders of under secretary of the Navy, Theodore Roosevelt who was acting completely on his own) we convinced Aguinaldo to support us. He fully expected we were there to grant Philippine independence as we said we were doing in Cuba and felt bitterly betrayed when that did not happen. Our argument was that if we did grant independence, then Germany or even Britain might move in and we were there to protect the people of the Philippines. Thus began a long and very brutal conflict when Aguinaldo led a fight against us. It is all but forgotten to history and I don't even know if there is an official memorial in DC. We were eager to forget it ever happened. Most historians no longer consider this war to have been an insurrection. That is how colonialism colored it at the time. In truth it is better listed as the Philippine-American War.