Anyone else go to Expo '85?

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I was surprised to see that there weren't any topics or messages for the Expo '85 section. I was lucky enough to have gone to the fair while I was working in Tokyo. Did anyone else from the board get there as well?

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Hi Bill

I attended Expo`85, managed to have a four day visit. The corporate pavilions had many ride throughs. After taking my wife to New Orleans for her first Expo experience, it was great, the very next year, to show her a real world`s fair. I also got to Osaka on that trip, and visited the Expo`70 site. The Expo`70 Commeration Hall was a real treat. Besides the exhibits, and films, you could purchase a souvenir stamp book, and you could use many of the original pavilion stamps to stamp your book. It was a great sidetrip.

Fred

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I'm glad you made it there as well, Fred. There was certainly a major difference between the 1984 fair in New Orleans and Expo 85, especially in the size of the sites. Expo 85 took a lot of walking to cover, but I especially liked the green spaces and water in the middle. It made it all seem less hectic than it would have been otherwise, especially as there were some large crowds on some days.

Here's another view of the fair:

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Sweden Pavilion, Information Booth, Kurumakan Pavilion

I don't think I ever figured out what the ride in the Kurumakan Pavilion was all about, but it was still great fun!

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Here's a link between the 1984 World's Fair and Expo 85.

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This display was part of the Japan Pavilion in 1984.

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I was wondering if anyone took photograph's of the inside of the Australian Pavillion the theme being Science and Technology. One of the exhibits in the Australian Pavillion was a model of the first feasible television system which was designed in 1885 by my great grandfather Henry Sutton who was an Australian inventor. It does not look like a television as we all know it if you go to google images and type in "Henry Sutton telephane" you will get an idea of what it looked like. Even if you don't have a photograph of it and you have some photo's of inside the Australian Pavillion I would love to see them.

Lorayne

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Sorry, I only have exteriors of the Australia Pavilion. Good luck with your hunt - sounds fascinating.

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Texas Instruments sent me to Tsukuba to train the people who were going to run a speech recognition demo in the US pavilion. I flew there from Dallas 30 years ago this week, a few weeks before the Expo opened.It was unexpectedly cold, even snowed a little -- I remember a cadre of older women patiently planting thousands of pansies, which died in the frost the next morning. It was so cold in the unheated US pavilion that some of the DEC Vax minicomputers would not work correctly -- which is the only time in my life I've ever been in an environment that's too cold for computers (typically, the problem is heat). Our PC's, perhaps not as sensitive, worked fine. They finally brought in some small space heaters and pointed them at the Vaxen, which appeared to make them happy. I had some free time, went in to Tokyo a few times and even took the bullet train to Kyoto for a day. I got to spend only two days at the Expo after it opened, then I flew home. My memories of the Expo are pleasant, but my memories of Japan are spectacular.

I stayed in Tsukuba at the Dai-Ichi hotel, which I gather means "number one." But right in the middle of my stay, I had to spend a few days elsewhere -- there were some kind of exams going on, and local students had rented all of the hotel rooms well in advance so they could get away and study. I spent a couple of nights at a hotel called the Sun Route, and a couple of nights at a hotel in Kashiwa, a short train-ride away.

It's hard for me to believe that it's been 30 years.

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Thanks for the info on your involvement at Expo 85. I had a great time there - and I also can't believe it has been 30 years.

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