Jim

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  1. Thank you, Sheri, for sharing all of these memories. There is nothing better than first hand accounts and memories of Expo. Your stories certainly explain why you "became so much more" while serving as a guide.
  2. Great information, Roger. Thank you. I had not given much thought to the heating and cooling. I think Sheri stated the pavilion could get quite warm and uncomfortable during summer days in 1967 so there must not have been any cooling at all. I was there in 1976, for the Olympics, and I remember Ile Ste. Helene was a busy place but that is a quiet scene. I saw the Dome from a distance and it was scorched as this photo verifies. We were able to ride the Mini Rail across the channel and through the Expo remains on Ile Notre Dame. It' amazing how small the trees are in this photograph. In any event, I am glad the pavilion is still there and in use. I remember a visit to the Biosphere and looking at the openings where the Mini Rail passed through and reading the information explaining how the structure was built. And it is always a wonderful sight and symbolic of Montreal's great summer fifty years ago.
  3. Sheri, when I visited Montreal in the 90s (I had not been there in ten or more years at that point), I recall driving over the Jacques Cartier Bridge and seeing the Dome. It was a thrill to see it again and I made it a point to visit Ile Ste. Helene to see it again. From a distance, it evokes happy memories but, close up and inside, it's just a shell of its former glory (despite the leaking and other issues you remember from 1967). It is so unfortunate it hasn't been restored to its full potential. I've often thought a city as vibrant as Montreal could place a priority on restoring that pavilion as an enduring monument to Expo. Your comment about seeing your "home" in the photo is wonderful. It is such a beautiful way to remember your time there. I can't imagine how many hours you spent there in 1967 but when we were young, time was limitless as was our energy. Do you have any thoughts about the final days of Expo? You must have bonded with so many interesting people. It had to be difficult when it all came to an end. Do you have any specific memories you might share? Jim PS: If you search for Expo 67 news, there June 27 CBC story on Ontario Pavilion guides reuniting and maintaining their connections. It's a good article.
  4. It is a great photo. So much of the Fair is still wrapped in scaffolding but that results in a charm all its own. Independence Hall, Italy, USSR--all look quite remarkable in this shot.
  5. Those are wonderful photos and memories, Sheri. When you write, "what a wonderful summer," I can only imagine how magical it must have been. I spent three days at Expo and I can still remember a conversation about Vietnam while waiting in line at Labyrinth. I was fifteen and wanted to believe the US was in the right but the Canadian kids, my age, standing in front of us sure saw things very differently. Those were traumatic times. I remember thinking how a short hour and a half drive north on the new I 81 in NYS would take a person to a place that was not involved in that ugly war. It seemed unreal to me. The prohibition against visiting the Cuba pavilion speaks volumes. I remember going in there but I was with a school group and our teacher urged us to visit every pavilion we could because it might be a once in a lifetime chance. And it was. In a sense, I've often thought the USA pavilion reflected the values and achievements we hoped the world would see yet the building security, as you've stated, was provided by marines traumatized by that terrible, seemingly endless war. What a paradox. I like the photo of Lady Bird. I've always admired her. PS: I read an article in the Montreal Gazette about a reunion of guides from the Quebec pavilion this summer. They gather every ten years, evidently. Have the USA pavilion guides ever done this? Please keep posting.
  6. I did not realize that Les Poupees de Paris ended up at Hemisfair 68. I just saw a photograph of the attraction on a site called History of Hemisfair.
  7. Am I correct in assuming the Underground Home was a highly stylized fallout shelter? If so, then exactly what football game would people living in a fallout shelter be watching after a nuclear holocaust?
  8. Marland is unusual because it has that banner proclaiming it is the Maryland pavilion. It's almost as if it was built to be something else and it then became the Maryland building and somebody strung a banner. The miniature of the Constellation is interesting. I wonder what became of it.
  9. I was watching TCM last night and there was a travelogue about the 1937 Paris Exposition. The narrator stated that the fountains in the Seine near the Soviet and German pavilions were the most beautiful ever created. Now, I recognize hyperbole when I hear it but it does make me wonder which fairs had the most spectacular fountain displays. Such displays seemed to become a necessary part of so many world's fairs. i would suggest that the fountains in the Lagoon of Nations in New York in 1939 and the Fountain of the Planets at the same site in 1964 along with the fountains at Lac des Cynges at Expo in Montreal were among the most spectacular. It's all very subjective, of course. Any thoughts?
  10. The main part of the pavilion, which resembled a Buddhist shrine, was transported from NYC to Montreal. There were additions in Montreal, however, including a second and larger structure the interior of which was "a tribute to modern Thailand," according to the Expo guide book. Also, in an adjacent pool, there was a replica of a royal barge which was added for Expo 67.
  11. Did this pavilion survive the 1964 season? Did it close mid-way through the first year?
  12. Bill, didn't people locate the massive marble eagles that once graced the exterior of Pennsylvania Station in a landfill in northern Jersey? There would be no difficulty in dumping that 1938 marker into a landfill just about anywhere. I could be wrong but I don't have a sense that there was any true reverance for the 1939 Fair or what very little remained at Flushing Meadow when the second fair was under construction. There was a deadline to meet and that marker was in the way.
  13. The French flag wouldn't be in the Oval Office. I will always maintain that wax museums are just plain creepy.
  14. That's a great photo of the original 1938 marker and it is evidence that it stood until 1963 or so. It's remarkable that something like that simply went missing. Without having actually seen it, it appears the column is marble and the base may be granite. It's not easy to tell from the photo. In any event, that marker was extremely heavy and not easily removed or discarded. Perhaps it simply became landfill, possibly right on the Westinghouse site. And it's also possible it's mounting a bird bath in somebody's backyard.
  15. I guess I didn't realize that massive granite memorial existed in the pavilion during the course of the Fair. I still wonder whatever became of the marker placed there after the close of the 1940 Fair.