Roger

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  1. 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
  2. Jim, here's a 1967 photo taken almost at the same place - it makes it easier to compare
  3. Actually Jim, it's on St. Helen's Island, beside the old Holland pavilion
  4. 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
  5. 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!
  6. 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…
  7. Yes it is
  8. 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
  9. It's not considered a sculpture but simply an architectural decor for La Ronde
  10. The sculpture name is "Canada' and the artist is Gordon Smith. Unfortunately, this sculpture was destroyed
  11. Nice story Allan - I completely agree with you when you say that Expo was the best University in the world for younger teens... Thanks for sharing
  12. Unfortunately, these are either from 1968 or 69 - The US pavilion was now called Biosphere with live birds and plants, including the fountain in the back of the first photo. But still, they did come come to Montreal for Man and His World.
  13. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ouo9-NZSHGM&feature=player_embedded
  14. This was one of the cement pillar used as footing for the pavilion - here's a footprint of the Man the Producer pavillon - it's easy to locate (upper right) that area