My trip to Expo 84

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I've had the fortune of attending 2 history making World's Fairs. The first, the 1964 New York World's Fair, The last and maybe final large expo to be held in the United States and the 1984 New Orleans World's Fair, as we know the only fair to declare bankruptcy during its run and the last fair to be held in the United States. I cherish my memories from both fairs I attended and can only hope that Shanghi's World expo proves to be popular in the hopes that it will spark interest in a city here to once again host a Worlds Fair. I post my pictures here of the New Orleans World's Fair as a memorial to a city that tried it's best but somehow came up short.

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Don't know what happened to the pictures, here they are.Steve

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Nice shots, Steve. You have a good eye. I wonder why all of the flags at the US Pavilion were at half mast.

#8 with the Wonder Wheel was my favorite in the set. Did you ride that, or the gondolas? White knuckle time on a windy day!!

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Steve, your trip to New Orleans wasn't at the end of May was it?

President Reagan ordered all flags to be flown at half mast May 25th - 28th, in recognition of the addition of another unknown soldier at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington- this one from the Vietnam War.

Incidentally, do I remember correctly hearing that some years later this Vietnam unknown was un-entombed because they had a DNA I.D. on him? And they sealed it up without putting another Vietnam casualty in there, because they say science is now at the point that ALL remains from Vietnam might be identified, so no such thing as an 'unknown' casualty any more.

But in 1984 they thought it proper, and DNA technology wasn't as advanced as it is has become now. So the flags flew at half mast for four days at the end of May. That MIGHT be the occasion of the flags flying at half mast in your photo.

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Randy as a matter of fact, yes I was there over memorial day week end. The pictures are dated on the back May 27, 1984.

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