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Greetings to all. Back in 2016, I began to research everything I could on Montreal's International Exhibition. 2017 was around the corner and I anticipated the city and the local media would showcase the half-century old exhibition throughout the year (to my disappointment, the coverage was low-key and spotty at best). As a native Montrealer, I grew up in a city that seemed to be in constant motion creating new highways, parks and pools, an underground subway, bridges and the islands in the St. Lawrence River which became the site for Expo 67. I was fortunate to have an uncle who was a newspaperman assigned to Expo from the beginning - Bill Bantey - whose stories about the upcoming event made the wait nearly impossible for a 12 year-old growing up back then. The pursuit of 'all things Expo 67' was purely personal and I did find a wealth of incredible film and articles. But before I bore the heck out of everyone with my nostalgia, I did want to share an absolute gem I found online late one night. It is a documentary about the back-story of Expo and how it almost did not happen due to the seemingly impossible task of creating it while pleasing politicians and meeting budgets and deadlines. The DVD entitled Mission Impossible was created by a Montreal company called Production de la Ruelle....by talented individuals who were not even born when Expo was created but whose storytelling provides a spellbinding account of the saga that became Montreal's crowning achievement. So, if any of you have not seen this, I highly recommend it. You can see a trailer for it on YouTube or visit www.expo-67.ca. I have viewed it multiple times and I have shared it with many who simply shake their heads in disbelief and marvel at the huge success it was then and what those memories mean to them today. Enough said...... Bonne soirée !
Just finished watching the new After the Fair DVD and Ryan Ritchey has produced the best video I've seen on the 1964-65 Fair. He beautifully captured not only the spirit of the Fair but the legacy of the Fair as well. Impressively, the video is very much up-to-date with footage of the 50th anniversary opening of the New York State Pavilion included. There are interviews with Disney legends, film makers and of course our own Bill Cotter. The video runs 102 minutes and shows what happened to many of the buildings and attractions after the Fair was over. I have no connection with this video other than being a Fair (and Disney) enthusiast. Have any of you also ordered and watched the DVD and what did you think of it?