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Allan Oakley

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About Allan Oakley

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    GE Progressland
  • Birthday 04/09/1953

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    Citrus Ridge , Florida , USA
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    Anything Disney World and Expo 67 related

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  1. Astonishing Color Footage!

    A chill ran up my neck from all those memories . Million thanks.
  2. Got your passport handy?

    I found all the passports for our whole family in my vault.I was so relentless with getting mine stamped they had to issue my passport 2 times.... Every page jam packed. The UK stamp was unique on the queen birthday June 10th , 1967. That day only the stamp was issued with real gold . I know as I had it tested and they used gold laden ink..To this day it still shines bright inside my passport.
  3. Ever wonder what an apartment at Habitat 67 looks like today? A cozy one bedroom ( with loft office and second living room ) sold recently for just under 1 Million dollars. They rarely are available although you can find one on AIRBNB. or VRBO... when they are available for a few hundred dollars per night/ per spare bedroom If you want a 12 month lease they go for around $ 6500 CAD per month
  4. An early 10-button pay phone

    Two years ago shuffling through my heap of Montreal memorabilia and found one of those Montreal-EXPO 67 phone books. Not pristine but in good shape and only yellowed. I didn't see any value as I was in a decluttering mood. Sent off pictures and an email to the the curator at McGill's McCord Museum. A few weeks later she wrote back thanking me but they had a few already .Their mission was to digitize every thing that have these days to save on space. I wrote back asking if she knew of any Montreal area museum that may be interested.? The long and short of it she suggested I recycle it. That I did and which now I see in retrospect that was a dumb move.
  5. A busy day near the Telephone Pavilion

    Odd how the months race by so quickly.I retired a few months ago and have been working on memoirs and notes from my EXPO 67 days. When I saw this post it reminded me that to this day millions of visitors experience OH CANADA at Disney's EPCOT.Virtually none of them aware that the current OH CANADA movie still has scenes taken from way back in the EXPO days. Digitized and in some cases filmed again but still the original scenes merged in with the newer Martin Short version. It was raining today so I went over to EPCOT to study the current 360 film a little closer. Sure enough some scenes with cars that had to be 40+ years or more parked along the streets of Ottawa ,Toronto and Montreal. That's when I realized that through the magic of original filming and digital cinema restoration that Disney has restored many of the original scenes that played at the telephone pavilion at EXPO 67. If not the original film they sure have took note of the scene selection and filmed it again.
  6. I was just thinking how decades, even centuries from now, archaeologists will look back and claim those people in Montreal were centuries ahead of time.
  7. Hidden EXPO 67 Treasures discovered

    Every post card they sold in the parks. On the last day my mum told me these were keepers.With my limited allowance I bought a few. Months later, at the liquidation sale ,we paid 5 cents each and bought just over 100 of them ( probably should count them ) .You do the math but the original cost was suppose to be 25 cents each or 5 for $1. Sadly, we placed them in a sealed photo album which I hardly ever opened till last month.In perfect shape but behind plastic. I ruined one by trying to remove it. The rest are staying put on the shelf in the home office. Next to my Montreal Star opening day news paper special edition.
  8. One of the smaller perks of my parents passing was my inheriting loads of items from their last home north of Montreal . My brother knew I wanted anything EXPO 67 related. A year passes and I finally had time to sort through a shipping case where they kept items they valued but no one else in the family knew what to do with them . In there various items pictured here . The best item of them all was large brass table. A solid brass Persian table top from the Iran Pavilion. It measures 36" across and I hope to wall mount it. My mother purchased it right after EXPO 67 at a liquidators auction held in Chomedey ( Laval ) According to my mothers memoirs, within a month of EXPO's closing a company was hired to sell off tens of thousands of items left by countries that didn't want to pay to have them shipped back . Only a few nations returned their most valuable items. I remember that sale and auction was held in a massive warehouse. An advertisement in the local newspaper said they had items from almost every pavilion except for Russia. They held it for weeks and rotated the days they selected for the various nations. My mother and dad were determined to buy items for our living room that had an Arab like theme. Iran sounded exotic enough and off we went.... In the case of the table the original proof of authenticity card ( still in the case) says it was used in a VIP lounge at the Iran Pavilion... and now it's mine. PS: according to the sales receipt the total cost for all these items: $ 47 PSS: sorry about the terrible pictures... my smartphone and i are not the best of friends. Now on my office wall Ash trays never used and bubble wrapped for decades Tuborg beer mugs.... never used but still a mystery to me Also bubble wrapped .... Found this bag on the bottom of a case that included a full set of every EXPO 67 post card they sold. Not even sure what these were used for.... That brass Persian table that sat in their living room for almost 50 years
  9. I was cleaning out the home office and went through a filing cabinet I had not opened in 22 years. There is the back a treasure. Full copy of the Montreal Star dated Friday,April 28th, 1967. The theme: Opening Day of Expo 67. All 145 pages in full color. Back in 1995 I knew I had something special and had it laminated page by page. Put it in that cabinet and forgot about it. A little yellow but still in near perfect shape. Looking forward to an afternoon of reminiscing about my teenage days. Virtually living there and having visited over 100 times.... PS: one of the big laughs are all the advertisements. Virtually every Montreal restaurant long gone.Parking off site 50 cents with a free shuttle transfer.
  10. A peek inside the Telephone Pavilion

    I remember this well. They also had this new thing called video phones where you could talk to someone else in another part of the park. Tiny 2" screen and black and white. The hostess claiming one day everyone will talk face to face over the phone.
  11. Expo 67 sure had a lot of sculptures

    Funny you mention that. One of the perks of having a mother that worked in the admin. there was I got to take home a knee high sculpture the week after closing. It lasted a few years but the cement base crumbled under the weight of a few Montreal winters. I remember that well. March comes in light a lion and out like a lamb that consumed my sculpture. Laying on its side my grandmother said to throw it out..... I hid it in the side garage till our house burned down a few years later. Let's just say my grandmother got her wish as the bulldozer flattened our yard.Sure wish I owned a camera back then.
  12. You supply the caption

    They wear this type of stuff in Holland ?
  13. I still own one of those Blue Expo 67 bags and it is in perfect shape. Hidden in my office closet but still in perfect shape.
  14. Expo 67 book update

    After MUCH hinting I received the book for Christmas. What great fun.What huge memories . Thanks Bill. It's worth it and provided me a great evening read tonight.
  15. History of Expo 67 - part 1

    Thanks Roger for the flood of memories. How ironic . I thought I was youngest member of staff at 14. My mother in Montreal was some sort of high level manager for GE at The Operations Control Centre of Expo 67 on Île Sainte-Hélène . My parents had recently divorced and my mother was putting in double hours away from home. As a result for months before and the entire 6 months she allowed me to tag along every Monday to Friday and many weekends as she went to work. I also received special permission from the school board to spend months away from school as long as I completed work assignments provided by my teachers in 1967. What resulted when you hang around long enough? My mother made sure I met every celebrity and notable politician that toured their building. I got to meet and shake hands with people that at 14 I knew nothing about. During those months I was tutored by every hostess and her sister that knew I was there to learn. I learned if you were in the way enough time they always had an errand to run or favor to ask of me that required I ran around EXPO. Work ? Well kind of but at 14 it was fun. Started out my mother having a need to have me stay somewhere nearby but her also putting in 40 to 60 hours per week at Expo. The building had loads of available teaching rooms and she a desire to expose me to a world of travel without leaving Montreal. The long and short of it I lucked out, saw every pavilion many times over and I certainly did get an education beyond what I would have received in Deux Montagnes. It led to a life time of loves for technology. Letter after letter of thanks from everyone from Mayor Drapeau to one international pavilion manager after another trying to make this curious 14 year old understand what was on display. I literally became that flamboyant ( perhaps semi obnoxious ) 14 year old more then willing to help behind the scenes as long as I didn't get in their way. On many occasion literally hidden off stage right watching in the wings to history in the making My rewards? -To this day my love of technology and large international fairs - A collection of EXPO oddities ranging from decorative tiles pinched from outside the Iran pavilion to all sorts of books and diaries handed down to me over the years. It's amazing how much stuff is out there and ready to be handed down before literal libraries of it disappear. I even have a handwritten note from Mayor Drapeau insisting I spend more time studying and not be found bothering some of his staff. ( when I got that I thought the jig was up but alas a week later he met me in my mothers office and said be a good boy and represent Canada.... He joked I may have seen more of EXPO then he had time to experience. I was in Montreal last July and my 94 year old mother handed over to me her treasure trove of EXPO 67 related memorabilia. She passed at the end of October and only tonight did I appreciate what I am now entrusted to hold on to. Thanks Roger I now live in Orlando, Florida. The lure of Walt Disney World inevitable\y a legacy of my EXPO 67 days upbringing. I'm thrilled this website lives on for many of us. The memories are a happy reminder to a saga I almost buried out of my memories.