Roger

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  1. Unfortunately, the Bubble had a lot of design flaws – one the main problem was, as you said Jim, water. Heat had an effect on the structure and it moved ever so slightly but enough to cause water problem when there was hard rain. But a 4/5 sphere represents a lot of air – air that needs to be heated and cooled and there is the main reason why they decided not to rebuild the cover in 1992 when they were planning the renovation. The plastic covering was not a problem – a few years after the fire, Shoji Sadao, the architect of the US pavilion (and not Buckminster Fuller!) had found new plastics that were basically fireproof. And the cost of re-covering the structure again was not a real issue – it was the extremely high cost of heating and cooling the building that made the architect that did the renovation go another way. But to be fair, the building is still wonderful and respectful of Fuller since the sphere itself is still there. They also repaired and kept all the platforms so if you saw it before the fire, you still get the basic feeling of how it felt to be inside it but without the huge escalator though Here's the pavilion, a few months after the fire in 1976
  2. As a coincidence, Bill was in Montreal a few days ago and I had the pleasure of reintroducing him to the former US pavillon - he was with his wife Carol Along with a Virtual Reality tour of the Labyrinth... This is basically the view Bill had (photo 2016)
  3. Yep - Man in the Community was situated between the Labyrinth and Habitat
  4. Just a small correction Jim - Montreal was awarded the 1967 Expo in november 1962. As far as I've been able to research that pavillon, it seems that part of the problem was the lack of financial backing from private industries, mostly shipowners like Canada Steamship. Both US and Canadian management Co. for the Seaway were ready to participate financially though
  5. They did type of winterzing to several pavillon in 1968:
  6. ST-LAWRENCE SEAWAY PAVILLON – NOT BUILT Preliminary drawings of the pavilion – in the center there was to be a giant mock-up of the Great Lakes – St-Lawrence. I’m still researching this pavilion so I don’t have yet the proposed location nor the reason why it was not built
  7. Jim, here's a 1967 photo taken almost at the same place - it makes it easier to compare
  8. Actually Jim, it's on St. Helen's Island, beside the old Holland pavilion
  9. Jim, if you do make it to Montreal this summer drop me a line, would love to meet and talk over a beer (And since I worked with most of the Museum in Montreal that have Expo 67 exhibition this year, I can get you free entrance to several of them!) villes.ephemeres@gmail.com Roger
  10. 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!
  11. 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…
  12. Yes it is
  13. Yes, it was left at the entrance of the Canadian Pavilion Plaza until the closing of Notre-Dame island, in 1972. unfortunately, it was destroyed afterward at the same time as the Katimavik
  14. It's not considered a sculpture but simply an architectural decor for La Ronde