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Expo 67 ruins featured today on SciFi Channel

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I just found this out, and wished I saw this sooner. As I type this at 11:00AM-Noon today, the SciFi Channel is showing some BattleStar Galacatica Episodes. "Greetings From Earth: Part II" is the episode at this time that is featuring the ruins of Expo 67. This was filmed in 1979. The "permanent" exhibition, "Man and his World", taken from the original 1967 theme, would close in 1981. Some of the highlited pavilions I could see from previews was France [which has been saved and is now the Casino], and the "Man" pavilion, which sadly could not be saved and was evebtually demolished before Parc Jean-Drapeau would be resotred and transformed in the early 1990s.

I hope for those who haven't seen this episode in ages, or for the first time can see it now! I would think they would broadcast it later in the day, if they are still recylcing the episodes.

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Posted about this in a previous post when I bought the entire show on DVD:

http://www.peacethroughunderstanding.org/index.php?showtopic=2843&hl=battlestar

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I was even earlier!

http://www.peacethroughunderstanding.org/index.php?showtopic=2083

I've been a Galactica fanatic since 1978 but only recently saw the connection with the Fair when they filmed this episode. Only Dirk Benedict and Bobby Van actually went to Montreal to do scenes in the ruins, and Benedict recalls in the commentary for the pilot episode on the DVD set how incredibly cold it was at the time they filmed it.

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I have uploaded 19 images from the episode to the gallery. They were originally in this post but I moved them for those with slower modems.

Hopefully this is the right link!

http://www.peacethroughunderstanding.org/index.php?act=module&module=gallery&cmd=sc&cat=28

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[bowing down to Bill ] Thanks for posting those!!!

I recognize "Man the Producer"/"Man the Explorer"

The United States Pavilion. I was shocked about that. I had no idea what the inside looked like after the fire. If only had it never caught fire. Amazing to see the chared "world's longest escalator".

I could make out what was left of the Great Britain Pavilion, though the tower no longer carried the flag on the top.

I also could see the famous wedge-shaped France Pavilion.

Well atleast they could save the biosphere, and the France Pavilion I here is a magnificent casino.

I think it's a shame none of "Man" could be saved. Those hexagons were very futursitic.

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Thanks Bill! Great quality caps.

The ruins were meant to suggest a city whose population had been annhiliated as the result of a chemical weapons/neutron bomb type strike.

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I was going to put these in the gallery, but since users can't create them on their own (hint, hint) here they are - scenes from the episode at the ruins of Expo '67.

Great images! I remember watching that episode when it was first run.

The galleries are created let me know if you want any of the wording changed.

Members may create personal albums on any topic they like using "My Controls" up at the top next to view new posts. Once in the control panel on the left hand side you'll find the links to make your own album.

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I was even earlier! 

http://www.peacethroughunderstanding.org/i...?showtopic=2083

I've been a Galactica fanatic since 1978 but only recently saw the connection with the Fair when they filmed this episode.  Only Dirk Benedict and Bobby Van actually went to Montreal to do scenes in the ruins, and Benedict recalls in the commentary for the pilot episode on the DVD set how incredibly cold it was at the time they filmed it.

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You win a Tour of the Battlestar! Beam on over...oops thats another series altogether...

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You win a Tour of the Battlestar! Beam on over...oops thats another series altogether...

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Commander Adama forgives you for that goof.

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Anyone know what happened to the gallery function? I tried to go the Galatica shots and got this:

Fatal error: Call to a member function on a non-object in /home/virtual/site82/fst/var/www/html/modules/mod_gallery.php on line 52

Also, I'm still seeing little red X's instead of ths usual icons on posting messages. Just me or is that still missing for everyone else?

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Well, since the gallery looks like it has departed for parts unknown, I recreated the shots on my web site:

http://www.worldsfairphotos.com/expo67/index.htm

I'm working on additional pages showing the site as it was used in "Man and His World" after the end of Expo. I should be done with them next month.

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Bill, I look forward to your photographs of Man And His World. Thank you for posting the Gallactica images. The second pavilion photograph is a portion of the British pavilion. It does not show the tower with the stylized flag (which had been altered to the flag of Montreal, I believe, in 1968 or 1969). All of these images are pavilions on Ile Notre Dame which was a part of Man And His World for several years. Eventually, the park only included Ile Ste. Helene and the buildings shown here fell into neglect (although one could still ride the mini rail through Ile Notre Dame for many years). By the late 1980's, many of the Expo buildings on both islands were in great disrepair and were demolished. That is very sad. Fortunately, the pavilions of France, Quebec (the Casino de Montreal) and a part of Canada do remain. And the former US pavilion, which burned during the Montreal Olympic Summer Games in 1976, does have a new and viable life on Ile Ste. Helene. And, of course, the park itself (Parc Jean Drapeau) is very beautiful.

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Thanks for that information, Jim. I made a minor update to the page to mention some of it.

I have some 1969 and 1970 photos that show the former Great Britain Pavilion with the Montreal flag on top. Soemwhere I have a photo that shows the building with the Canadian Maple Leaf flag on it, but it has gone into hiding so I don't know the date.

THe large group of "Man and His World" photos I am working on were a collection I bought on eBay. They are all prints and it's taking quite a while to work through them. They were shot by a 12-year old and aren't the best in the world (slightly blurry on many) but it's the largest source of post-Expo images I have found so far. He did a very nice job of recording differences between Expo and how the pavilions were being used in 1970 though. I also bought a collection of undated "Man and His World" postcards and am working through those. It's sort of odd how few post-Expo pictures have turned up of the site so far.

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The second pavilion photograph is a portion of the British pavilion. It does not show the tower with the stylized flag (which had been altered to the flag of Montreal, I believe, in 1968 or 1969).

When postcards were first issued in '68-69, they simply used the Expo photos, and airbrushed out the UK flag- made it look like the 3-D flag form was painted white. But from the people in the photo, it's easy to see it's really the same photograph.

Expo-Brit1.jpg

Later, they came out with postcards with fresh photos. This one shows the 3-D form painted in the new flag colors. The 3-D form itself may have been altered as well, not just repainted- to remove the diagonal stripes and make room for the fleur-des-lis, rose, shamrock, and thistle.

Expo-Brit2.jpg

The flag is that of the City of Montreal

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I remember the pavilion when the flag had been changed to the city of Montreal. I know that the pavilion was used for a variety of purposes, however, during the Man and His World Days and before Ile Notre Dame's pavilions were virtually abandoned in the mid-1970's

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