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  1. This is part of Notre-Dame Island: And St. Helen ISland with the Biosphere (old Us Pavilion) - the buildings in the back are from Nun's Island, not the Expo site
  2. This article is interesting but unfortunately has several historical errors. It's unacceptable that a University professor does not have a better insight of the history of a site before publishing an article. As an exemple, he is still validating the urban myth that most of the landfill used for the constrcution of the Expo 67 island site came from the metro excavation. In reality, the amount of metro landfill covered about 10 to 12 % of the total material used. Most of the landfill came from the bottom of the St-Lawrence River and several stone Quarry in Montreal and the South Shore... And by the way, total countries present in 1967 was 61, not 62. The photos used for the article are voluntarily misleading. As an example, the Notre-Island shows the waste water treatment plant… not the actual site who, of course needs work but with the Plage Jean Doré, several actual 1967 pavilion well renovated, like the Jamaica Pavilion and the Canadian pavilion Art Center is a rather good representation of the 1967 site, or at least the 1980 Floralie. Last year, a public consultation on the future of the site was held, with an extremely good participation and with close to a hundred written presentation from citizen and groups. The documents are available here: http://ocpm.qc.ca/fr/parcjeandrapeau/documentation The final report : http://ocpm.qc.ca/sites/ocpm.qc.ca/files/pdf/P94/rapport_final_parc_jean-drapeau.pdf RIght now, the complete renovation of Place des Nations is planned, with a public consultation for the final plan There is actually a full patrimonial study being done on the full site, including La Ronde which will be made public by the end of 2019 and a Fondation is being set-up to preserve and renovate patrimonial buildings and art work in La Ronde, which I'm currently presiding I could go on but what's important is that a lot of work (and money) will be put in the site to preserve and develop tha historical values of the site, from the First Nation occupation of St. Helen Island, its military history, including it's used as a concentration camp (mostly for Italien prisonners) during WWII up to the Expo 67 and Man His World years.
  3. A few photos I took on that closing day:
  4. One of the most beautiful brochure on Habitat 67 – not available to visitors, you had to order it directly from Francon, the Cement Company To get a copy (Bilingual) : http://www.villes-ephemeres.org/2017/10/habitat-67.html
  5. Unbuilt Pavilions

    Being a French Montrealer, who worked at Expo in 67, at the age of 13 (and MaHW from 68 to 73) it's not very easy for me to really be impartial but I agree completely with Jim's analysis. As an historian who have been working on International exhibits for the past 10 years, I believe that every exhibition must respond to the moment, to the host country but also to the population that welcomes the exhibition. If you look at the exhibitions that took place after WWII, up to Expo 70, each was very different in their approach and each had large success with their visitors and that is enough for me to state that all of these exhibitions had their success. Expo 67 would not have worked at NY and vice versa. To often exhibitions are compared quality wise but to be honest, it can't be done. But one thing that still make the Montreal Expo 67 a bit different is the way that the citizens embraced the exhibition - we were not only extremely proud of it but we basically invaded the site every day - when Expo opened, expo bashing was never heard in Montreal (and the province) - except maybe for Logexpo, but that's another story. As for an anti-american feeling in Montreal in 1967, that is not true. As Jim pointed out, the Anti-Vietnam war feeling was very strong but it was not directed against the US as such. Actually, the "american invasion" that came with Expo 67 was not only welcomed but contributed a lot in a better understanding of each other.
  6. Unbuilt Pavilions

    Except that Expo 67 wanted to be anything but the NYWF - Basically, Seatlle's Fair and the Swiss exhibition at Lausane, in 64 had more influence in Montreal than the NYWF - The extreme popularity of Expo 67 and the way it was celebrated this year tend to show that, at the time, it was the right choice. This also played a part in the instant succes of La Ronde - a way to balance the educative and intelectual approach in the pavilions with a breath of fresh air and fun at La Ronde. Bob Kennedy, during is visit to expo 67 with his kids did exactly that: after several hours visiting the pavilions he decided that it was time for him and his kids to relax and have fun... and spent the afternoon in the attractions at La Ronde
  7. Remember the Gyrotron?

    Actually, Jim, even if it was a big letdown for a lot of visitors, the Gyrotron was the most popular ride at La Ronde both for the 1967 and 1968 seasons... But one of the reason that it was a let down was that only 50% of the ride was built. The high cost of the final project was way overbudget so they asked Kean Senny, the designer of the ride, to cut half of it. The original plan was to continue the ride after the volcano drop into a third section that would have been a contribution to the Man and His World theme an then to go underwater in Dolphin Lake. here is a basic plan of what the original ride would have looked like:
  8. Unbuilt Pavilions

    There were several reason why these nations or companies back down. Ireland, Bresil and Poland all suffered a huge economic crisis (UK also but politically, they could not back down), several of the Latin countries between the signature of the contract and the actual building of their pavilion also back down but for political reason: most of them were either struggling with communist insurrection or were simply in a civil war. Some, like Spain or the Auto Industry (GM and Chrysler both reserved lot for their pavilions) lost so much money with the NY Fair that, for the auto industry, preferred to tone down their participation and join together to finance the Stadium, which is why it was named the Autostade – and for Spain to not participate at all (they did come back several time for Man and His World though). And you’re right – the severe non-commercialism clauses in the contract made it hard or even impossible for several companies to participate at Expo. As for what their pavilion looked like, several of them went into pre-design and I already found a lot of plans and detailed sketches of them. I already published several documents covering them (sorry, only in French for now) but the plans will still give you a good idea of what they would have loked like. You can get access to my documents, in .pdf format (which are and will remain free of charge) at these addresses: The Montreal-Paris tower (actually, the 7 tower projects for Expo 67!): http://www.villes-ephemeres.org/2013/12/nouvelle-fiche-les-sept-projets-de.html The General Commissioner Pavilion: http://www.villes-ephemeres.org/2016/10/nouvelle-fiche-le-palais-du-commissaire.html The Trade Unions Pavilions: http://www.villes-ephemeres.org/2016/10/nouvelle-fiche-le-palais-du-travail-non_10.html The Art of Living Pavilion (theme pav.) : http://www.villes-ephemeres.org/2016/10/nouvelle-fiche-pavillon-lart-de-vivre.html I also produced a set of plans of the site that shows through the planning years, the evolution of the pavilion placement, including those that never came to MTL but had reserved a site: http://www.villes-ephemeres.org/2017/03/nouvelle-fiche-evolution-du-plan-de.html Some, like IBM, decided afterward not to build a pavillon but instead lowned an IBM 360 mainframe for Expo use I’m still working on the others – researching the plans and such… Roger
  9. Man, oh Man oh Man

    For Jim, it was relocated in 1992, for the 25th of Expo when Ile St. Helen's was rehabilitaded (turned into a parc) and the site once again available for citizens and visitors
  10. Man, oh Man oh Man

    Actually, the real name - the one the artist gave to his sculpture - is Three Disks... it's easier to understand is work when you now the real name. Pierre Dupuy is the one who named it "Man", with the artist's consent of course, to make it more relevant to the "Man and His World" theme
  11. There's a lot more happening for the 50th that were reported in the NY tImes article - here's a partial list but a lot more is not listed here: And don't forget to get a copy of the 50th souvenir passeport - you can have it stamped at most of the official activities, shows or museum: Here's a small sample of the available visas for 2017:
  12. The were called AIR DENSITY EXPLORER (ADE) They made the first page of the 1967 RCA Electronic Age magazine :
  13. They are low altitude satellites - a lot of visitor in 67 though they represented the planets!
  14. As a souvenir, here's a couple of photos I took of the US Pavillon in 67 A few more
  15. A quote from a former Canadian Pavillon Hostess : "I think we all turned out better than we thought we would," - That is the main Expo 67 legacy for those who were lucky enough to work there!
  16. 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
  17. 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)
  18. 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
  19. Yep - Man in the Community was situated between the Labyrinth and Habitat
  20. 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
  21. They did type of winterzing to several pavillon in 1968:
  22. A look back to August 23, 1981

    Jim, here's a 1967 photo taken almost at the same place - it makes it easier to compare
  23. A look back to August 23, 1981

    Actually Jim, it's on St. Helen's Island, beside the old Holland pavilion
  24. 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
  25. 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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