Bill Cotter

Any fans of the 1984 World's Fair here?

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The book is due out in January 2009.

Thanks, Marc. If you spot anything in the draft that needs fixing please let me know and I can get it during the editing/proofreading phase. The current cersion is on the "secret site". :D

These things are always fun to start, but then you hit a point where you start asking "Why?". Unfortunately for this one I didn't have Mr. Young onboard. When we were doing the NY ones there would be times writer's block would stop me dead on trying to finish a bit and I could send it off to Bill with a "Your magic goes here" comment, then wait for the problem to vanish. Not quite the same when you come back to your own notes and say, "oh, yeah - that bit again". Thanks, though, to those who did read the draft and offer up suggestions.

Bill

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The book is due out in January 2009.

Thanks, Marc. If you spot anything in the draft that needs fixing please let me know and I can get it during the editing/proofreading phase. The current cersion is on the "secret site". :D

These things are always fun to start, but then you hit a point where you start asking "Why?". Unfortunately for this one I didn't have Mr. Young onboard. When we were doing the NY ones there would be times writer's block would stop me dead on trying to finish a bit and I could send it off to Bill with a "Your magic goes here" comment, then wait for the problem to vanish. Not quite the same when you come back to your own notes and say, "oh, yeah - that bit again". Thanks, though, to those who did read the draft and offer up suggestions.

Bill

I am really looking forward to this book. I did not attend Expo 84, but really wanted to. I did order a few guidebooks, maps, posters and items through the mail from the fair during it's operation. This book will be an incredible companion to those momentos.

Your work is appreciated Bill!

Thanks!

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I had thought I was done with the book last week but they needed a few photos replaced or changed. All things from other sources, so it was fun tracking them down. Hopefully it really really is done now. I just got a note from them about starting the marketing plan so I guess that's a good sign.

Doing the research on this was interesting. I sure learned a lot about New Orleans politics!

Now what to do next???

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The Rose Parade float is beckoning.... :D

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Thanks, taking a year off from that time sink!

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Looks like things are moving along.

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I received my first copy of the New Orleans book today. It's always exciting to finally hold the finished product in your hands. I'll have more copies next week and will mail out the ones promised to the folks who helped me out just as soon as I get them.

Bill

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Looking forward to it tomorrow. Any signings planned?

Do you know where I can find some of the posters from the 1984 World's Fair?

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The publisher's agent is in New Orleans this week delivering the first copies of the book and checking into signings. I'll post information here as things develop. I hope you enjoy the book!

As to posters, they show up on eBay pretty often, usually for a reasonable amount. Good luck with the hunt.

Bill

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Hey Bill I just found this site. I enjoyed the Fair immensly and have many pictures from the event. I have pictures of the fireworks, I believe some of the space shuttle on the river and at least one of the Union Pacific Engine. I know the book is already out but I will share these and more with you if you are interested. I also have some posters that I am interested in selling if you know anyone interested. Great book by the way it brought back many memories.

Besides me, of course. tongue.gif

I just had the pleasure of signing the contract for a book on this Fair with Arcadia, with a planned publication date of January 2009. I would love to hear from anyone else that was at the Fair or has an interest in it to make sure I get as much of the story covered as possible. I'm also interested in any recent pictures of the site.

Thanks

Bill

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Thanks for buying the book and the kind words.

I'd love to see any pictures you have of the Fair, and I'm sure others would as well. If you need any help with the posting features here just let me know. What posters do you have?

I am sorry to see that New Orleans is apparently ignoring the 25th anniversary of the Fair. If you hear of any celebrations please let us know.

Welcome to the forum!

Bill

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Here's a new site about the 1984 Fair:

http://www.1984worldsfairmemories.com/

It has some fun shots so far from the Fair. Stop by and check it out. I've invited the site owner to join us here as well.

The book, by the way, sold out of it's first printing, so I'm happy about that. The 1984 fair gets so little positive attention that I was worried I might be the only one who remembered it in a positive light. I'm glad that doesn't seem to be the case. The book should be reprinted soon, and I still have copies if anyone is interested.

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Seymour D. Fair

We had some postings somewhere here about how unmemorable and unrelated to the fairs most of their mascots have been. Seymour at least seems to have some connection to the place.

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When Seymour first appeared he was only called "our unnamed pelican mascot". A local market chain held a contest for a name and he was no longer anonymous. The fair also had an alligator mascot added later but I havn't seen anything naming him, nor any merchandise that I can recall.

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Another shot of the Adventures of Seymour.

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I like Seymour.

But that is a classic example of the worst of late 70's / early 80's Detroit car design. Hideous!

You Chrysler experts- is it a Cordoba? (with "rich Corinthian leather" according to Ricardo Montalban)

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I was expecting a comment or two about that car!!

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I like Seymour.

But that is a classic example of the worst of late 70's / early 80's Detroit car design. Hideous!

You Chrysler experts- is it a Cordoba? (with "rich Corinthian leather" according to Ricardo Montalban)

Sad that I know this... I think it's a Le Baron.

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The Original Great American Chocolate Chip Cookie Company float

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I'd have to agree on the Le Baron. Wasn't that the new "K" chassis that Chrysler was banking their comeback on? The "K-car" and the innovative Caravan brought Chrysler out of the hole. They even repaid their bailout from the government, didn't they?

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I enjoyed this fair (not nearly as much as Expo 86) and concur with fiscus1 on Knoxville. One of my most vivid memories was the boat from the Bogart/Hepburn film "The African Queen." The aquacade was pretty groovy. One of the days we attended was Australia Day and saw an Andy Gibb concert for free. Shook hands with VP George Bush at the United States Pavilion. LOVED the whimsical Wonderwall. Saw Al Hirt, however this teenager was less than impressed. More impressive to me was seeing "Grady" from Sanford & Son in the China pavilion. (Very strange!) Who could forget the slightly pornographic mermaid gates! My Dad joked that they must have been sculpted by Hustler Magazine. LOL. For such a small fair it did a fine job capturing the flavor of New Orleans.

Here's a shot for you I just restored:

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Awesome Bill! Thanks.

Looking back on the LWE it may have been little but sure had a hell of a lot going for it. Every time I think of it it just puts a smile on my face. smile.gif

I sure was a lucky guy to have parents who hauled me to 4 fairs by the time I was 15. Nothing but wonderful memories.

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I think the 84 Fair was a lot more popular with visitors than the press indicated at the time, based on my own experiences and those of the people I interviewed for my book. It's sad that the fair is almost forgotten today by the city leaders - not so much as a plaque to show where it once was.

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I'm a fan of '84 World's Fair Expo, went in mid-June with my parents and myself put-up a Native American day display at the Mississippi Pavillian, had video about the tribe along with some arts and crafts, It was Philadelphia, Mississippi Day. The followin' photo my dad took is me standing in front of the Swiss exihibit.

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