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  • Birthday 12/27/1951

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  • Location I live in a small town in Upstate New York, south of Syracuse.
  1. The Pennsylvania S-1

    Vert cool.  It's incredible that we lost our fascination with great passenger trains.  That locomotive is awe inspiring.
  2. Tasteless and gaudy.  Nice combination.  Nevertheless, this is the stuff that make a fair a snapshot of a moment in time.  It tells us where we were and what we thought about the world and the people around us.
  3. Indian Art pavilion - 1969

    It became even more surreal, I think, by the mid-1970s when huge portions of Ile Notre Dame were closed and/or demolished due to the construction of the Olympic Rowing Basin for the 1976 games.  I remember riding the Mini Rail near those abandoned pavilions closest to the Canada pavilion.  It was strange, fascinating and a bit creepy.   And when I think about it, it is incredible to recall that during two visits to the Olympic games, I parked on Ile Ste Helene in a huge lot near the public swimming complex (next to the Expo Metro station).  I mean, we just drove there, parked, toured some of the pavilions open on Ile Ste Helene, rode the Mini Rail and then took the Metro to Olympic Stadium.  I cannot recall what exit we took to park on the Island but I think it was off of the Jaques Cartier Bridge.
  4. Expo 67 book update

    Ooops, didn't think of Gyrotron.  I never got to La Ronde until 1976 during the Olympic summer.
  5. Expo 67 book update

    For what it's worth, I have good memories of Expo.  Most Expo pavilions were walk through.  Even Labyrinth. once of the most popular and well remembered pavilions, was walk through.  In fact, I do  not recall a single pavilion with a ride through the exhibits.  One way Montreal offered "rides," however, was the Mini Rail throughout the grounds.  The Blue Line linked most of Ile Notre Dame passing through the Ontario Pavilion while the Yellow Line linked most of Ile Set Helene and passed through the USA pavilion.  A shorter Yellow Line operated at La Ronde and still does.  These trains gave a great view of the pavilions and offered a way to get about the grounds.  I do not recall a single bus or automobile anywhere on the Expo Islands where there was pedestrian travel.
  6. I remember that pavilion.  It was the last one we saw before leaving the fair.  Oddly, years later, my sister ended up living in Montana.  I suspect the pavilion site is all a part of the USTA complex today.
  7. Yes, it runs on rubber wheels.  It was considered a powerful innovation in 1966.  The rubber wheels provide better traction than steel.  Because the entire Metro system is underground there is no problem concerning cold or snowy weather.  The major negative with rubber wheels is that they tend to require more energy to operate the train because of the grip the wheels provide.  One advantage that I have always noticed is that the trains are much quieter than a subway running on steel rails.  When the Metro trains enter the stations, they arrive with a "woosh" sound.  I have always found that to be impressive.
  8. Fifty years ago today (October 14, 1966), the Metro opened in Montreal.  CTV Canada has a wonderful news story about the history of Metro and Jean Drapeau's vision for his city.  There are some scenes of Expo and an account of what will become of most of the 1966 Metro cars.  Some will become a part of new high rise, some will go to museums and one will become a cafe in Montreal.  The story can be found on CTV's website and will be archived.  Click on CTV National News and you will find separate links to recent broadcast news and feature stories.  It is titled:  "Fifty Years Underground." Sorry for the three exact posts.  I had trouble getting the site to accept it and kept seeing a tag that read "Something went wrong" and I must have clicked submit too many times.
  9. Let's travel the Avenue of Travel!

    I understand why Sinclair would be located there but, somehow, a dinosaur display doesn't conjure images of easy travel unless you are Fred Flintstone.
  10. All roads lead to Expo 67

    I remember those signs.  Some of these signs even appeared in New York State near the NY/Quebec line.  I so much wish I had one today.
  11. Bring back the fountains

    Wow, the eyes can certainly play tricks but you have the magical powers of photo enlargement.  As Arthur Spooner says on King of Queens, "I generally don't dabble in the black arts."
  12. Bring back the fountains

    Hard to tell but she should just use a wallet like everyone else.
  13. Can Anyone Identify This Photo?

    In 1970, that was the official flag of South Vietnam.
  14. Can Anyone Identify This Photo?

    That's the flag of South Vietnam but it was adopted in 1948 as the flag of the entire unified nation.  The 1954 Geneva Accords resulted in the division of the country and South Vietnam kept that flag and it was used until 1975.   Viet-Nam is a traditional spelling of the nation's name but it was Anglicized into Vietnam after Dien Bien Phu (1954).  I wondered if there had been international exhibits at the Festival of Britain.  There were some but Viet-Nam was not represented.   Whatever it is I would bet it is pre-1954 and post-1948.
  15. China from the Swiss Sky Ride

    I have to wonder how many panorama shots such as this one we have seen that have been followed by the comment that the place looks deserted.