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Sheri C

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    Sheri Mignano Crawford

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    Boyes Hot Springs, California
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    1967 World's Fair, old dance music, bal musette, utopian history, biographical studies, cats, travel.
    1904 Exhibition in St. Louis.

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  1. Well, gosh, no topics? I'd like to ask if anyone knows about the music pavilion. I know Sousa may have come down to entertain but does anyone know anything more about the music heard? I've read little about it but would be grateful if there's anything out there about the banjo and its contribution to Atlanta. The Valisi brothers of Chicago seem to have had a presence. It is surprising that Chicago had such representation from these great Italian mandolinists.
  2. Thanks for the post, Jim. The successor to Expo 67 was not even a good metaphor. A sad incarnation with little in the way of genetic traits from Expo. And by 1976, as I recall it was all about the Olympics. You're right about how it "taxed" everyone's enthusiasm for yet another invasion. When I last inhaled the beauty of Expo 67 was October 2008, it still blew me away. The raggedy ol' Bucky dome left me in tears but I relieved a year of my life as a guide there and couldn't have been more proud of its contribution timproving the environment.
  3. While I tend to be much more engaged with San Francisco's outlaw exhibition competing with New York's, I'm searching for a Ripley's Believe It Or Not "matchstick violin" which was supposed to be on display. Anyone have a lead as to where I can find one? a book? I tried eBay but there's just generic matchstick stuff that Ripley used and slapped new labels on it. Thanks! and Happy 80th!
  4. The Biosphere is certainly worth a visit. I like that you can take a picture of yourself and it is instantly made into an email or a postcard. as attached! I don't think there is anything left. The French Pavilion was stunning and had an exceptional 360 theatre in the middle but it's a casino now. I'm not sure they've resurrected any Canadian pavilions. But I would be most anxious to see any. I did not see them on my last visit. 2008.
  5. Yes, I needed to consult the guidebook. These were called "Explorer Air Density Satellites." It says they were used to "study the upper atmosphere by gauging atmospheric drag on them." All the stuff suspended above the lunar landscape were true to size: Mariner IV etc. Also on the moon exhibit itself, is the Apollo Command module which was actually launched into space, unmanned, on August 25, 1966. (all according the the official handouts guides were given). The lunar orbiter and Surveyor I were on the platform below. I've been meaning to scan all the documents into a giant PDF. I think that many of you would enjoy reading the official literature we were given by USIA. Soon, I hope. Have 4th of July!
  6. We were told they (your space balls) were actually weather balloons. I do believe, there was a sort of drone-like satellite. I believe I see see one in Roger's photos.
  7. Laro's a pro and really captured the stunning beauty of the pavilion's interior. Even the hats--representing the multitude of occupations one could enter/be/become in America. Each of these exhibits represents a spectacular example of why visitors stood in line all day to glimpse its hopeful, positive, and symbolic essence. (I wish we could say that optimism exists today. If Expo were under the current administration, I'm afraid we would be totally embarrassed.) Sorry, I'm a bit nostalgic this morning as tomorrow is Canada Day and I always become a little misty-eyes thinking back to it. I memorized all the celebratory songs to Canada and can still sing them and play them. CAN-AAAAA-DA!! While everyone was going through the summer of love elsewhere, we had our own version of it there. Simon & Garfunkle, Ravi Shankar, and so many others. I recall seeing the Bolshoi Ballet and reading the next day that some had sought asylum. How could you see that magical bubble and not want to dance in it? be a part of it? contribute to its health and welfare? And while they were seeking freedom, I ran into COs hiding out in Quebec hoping to wait out the Vietnam war. I worked with damaged marines carrying pictures of the corpses in their wallets. The walking wounded trying to survive deep, deep emotional injuries. We were all in it to accomplish one thing. Yes, it was the image that the government wanted to project at a time when it was becoming kind of icky! to say the least. Even Johnson was very unhappy and did not run because of it. Despite the horrors, I still cling to that ephemeral belief that America can do the most good in the world when it practices altruism, not selfish narcissism. I know that we are capable of it and I pray that future world's fairs will use Expo 67 as the model for that enlightened view. Thanks for letting me share what's in my heart as I gaze back to 50 years ago.
  8. This is a great overview, I just woke up to it. Of course, they're a day early!
  9. There was no such thing as heating or cooling above ground. Obviously, below in the dressing rooms, PR lounge, and so forth, we were comfortable. I was devastated when of the fire. When I returned to Montreal, I was staying in Sherbrooke at a mandolin convention, and in the morning, I opened the curtains...and was shocked when I saw the dome in tact. I was sure I would see nothing. What a pleasant surprise when I took the first metro to the dome and found it as I remember it sans exhibits. It did feel completely different. I went up the stairs or took the elevator as I recall. Standing on the lunar platform was weird! That was off-limits whereas all the other exhibits were open to us and I would always go to the Hollywood floor and play on a golden, very out of tune piano. I usually played something from the era. 1920s style. It was so rinky-dink but I played everything I could remember and would spend an evening, after visitors and guides were gone. It was OK with security. My best memories were just meeting people while they cued in line--from all over the world. Chatting them up! keeping them happy with 3-4 hours waiting to get it. We were the most popular pavilion by far! We never had a short line except 20 minutes before we would close. As to what I recall the most, well, every day there was some dignitary, president of some African country, or the Shah of Iran and his wife, movie stars every day. I'd have to look at my autograph book but celebs would come in all the time. Certainly, being 2 ft. from Pres Johnson at the height of his popularity before the end of 67 changed everything. Lady Bird was like a human parrot in her emerald green coat and hawkish nose! Cary Grant came and denied ever saying "Judy, Judy, Judy!" He was lots of fun. Of course, I consider meeting Ralph Bunche and being his guide as one of the most cherished memories I still carry. (see above) The special U.S. day had every jazz, blues, classical musician on one stage--all day long! The talent was unbelievable! And being a guide, I meet just about everyone there. One of the other pleasures was being able to wear my uniform, and have all the doors opened to me. I never once stood in a line to see any exhibit. I would just walk up, smile, and the reciprocity took place. It was the same for allowing guides to visit U.S. Pavilion. Guides had very, very little time to wait in line. We all worked long, long hours and would go home exhausted. At least I did. My roommates partied but weren't bad. Let's see one roommate was a daughter of the Illinois Gov., others were related to senators or someone in Congress. I found out that quite a few got their jobs because of 'their daddy.' Why, there were siblings who talked about "Lestah" (Lester)! Why Lestah' said this blah blah blah! They were talking about GA's racist governor Lester Maddox. That's how they got their jobs! They knew Lestah! ;-) Neither guide could speak French so it wasn't from qualifying for the position, rather it was who they knew. That was true for others. Well, before I get into trouble...and one of my former roommates reads what I wrote, I better stop for now! ;-)
  10. AH! It's always such a thrill to see my home! I spent so many, many hours there. My last visit 2008 but it was close to winter and there was no green surrounding it. Lovely! Thanks for posting all of these. Of course, what is sad to me, tourists don't bother with the dome, they head for the hideous casino that has disgraced this grounds of Expo.
  11. Lots to respond to and appreciate Jim's insights. I haven't heard about a reunion but I did enjoy reading this thoughtful article in the Gazette. When I returned in 2008 and spent time inside the converted birdcage, now the so-called Biosphere, it was for the most part a wasted space. It had some exhibits and the vision of Expo did not carry into the New Century....alas. To my wonderful time there (now that I think of it and have been able to review the nice DVDs that Fred Stern mailed me as well) I have to say that I worked my buns off for 6 months. Four days on with 10 hour days, then 2 days off, worn out. There were no vacations except when we were sent to locations for TV interviews or work related stuff. I barely had the time to see inside all the pavilions. I missed some but I am grateful that I was there for every minute. The universe was at my fingertips and I became so much more as a result. http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/expo-67-50-years-later-still-an-expression-of-the-human-spirit
  12. I'm going to share some photos from Expo 67. I'll try to give them all captions. Forgive me if I posted some of these a couple years ago. U.S. Guides were not permitted to visit the Cuban Pavilion. When my father visited, he and I went anyway. What was the big deal? and I visited it, as you can see, in my uniform. I managed to escape being found out! There were at least two guides that were sent home for various reasons. Other than the Cuba Pavilion, I was a good girl! One of the high points of my time there was giving a PR tour to Ralph Bunche and his wife and kids. What an honor! These photos were either taken by me or a friend. I'm in the Johnson photo on the escalator (far left). He had just passed my station, and I reached out to shake his hand but was nearly knocked over my security. In uniform! and still! The concert was on the U.S. day. Each nation had its own special day. I uploaded the concert that took place on that day at Place-des-nations. AMAZING! that's when I got to meet my hero Herbie Mann. Outside the pavilion, I saw the Dead and the Airplane. I have photos I took at the Place Ville Marie park. I played my flute with the best! What a summer! I should say that the Marines had all served in Nam. Many had purple hearts and most of them were pretty raw from the experience. They provided more than security for the pavilion. Well, I'll get around to scanning more as time permits. ENJOY!
  13. Inside the USA Pavilion

    My recollection as to why it was slammed. Indeed, much criticism revolved around the 'airy fairy' factor. The critics felt that there was no substance to the exhibit. They didn't like the Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls. They didn't like the feathery chiefs war bonnets that were strewn like ribbons. They didn't like the 5 story high Diebenkorn and the more abstract expressionist stuff. The critics felt it was all so frivolous and gave the wrong impression of America as a bunch of bubble-headed bleached blonds. (Well, they may not have written that but that was the implication). Buckminster Fuller's bubble was viewed as too ethereal and it implied that America did not display its true self. Never mind that the space program was given the most space!! and that the 5-6 story elevator dropped you off on the artificial moon landing! It was there you got to see the capsules, sit in an actual astronaut chair.Well, those are just a few reasons why it received such negative reviews. Well, it's late and I'll see if I can't add to what I've written. You pose a very important question and one that bothered us as guides. We knew that the publicity tended to de-construct the pavilion and that's why we kept our energy positive. We knew that this was much more than a bubble. Oh, I will mention one more thing: Bucky's dome. It was a mess. Due to what the engineers believed were erratic weather patterns, very hot to very cold, the panels that were supposed to provide shade for the 'cage' interior were locked in place. Once spring warmed up, they tried to release them and to try and open and close the shades that were on each pentagon,hexagon and so forth but they could not get them to operate. They'd climb up the steel pipes almost every day and be up there trying to fix the panels...to no avail. When it would rain, we all got wet. We were finally given umbrellas to help us deal with the leaking birdcage. I know Bucky was upset with this and I don't know that it was a design problem per se. Oh well, that's it for now.
  14. too fixated on the image to read!
  15. Could someone help me locate the airfield on this map? which quarter? Also, does anyone know if the 100K competition ever was awarded for solo flight in a dirigible? I've researched but can't find an answer to that question. Of course, it would be great to know who actually entered the competition as well.