Whatever happened to the World's Fair?

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  1. ScottR

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    Remember the World's Fair? The last one I remember was in Texas in the '80's. What happened to this concept?
     
  2. Richard Travale

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    Yeah, they call it the World Exposition. The last one was in 2000 in Hanover, Germany and the next one is in 2005 in Aichi, Japan .
    The Expo in 1986 was here in Vancouver and It was a lot of fun.
     
  3. Jack Briggs

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    I'd like to recommend the Image Entertainment DVD edition of a documentary called The 1964 New York World's Fair. It's like something The History Channel would show, and it's an utterly charming documentary about a World's Fair that would have been a better fit in the Atomic Age 1950s than in the mid-1960s. The video quality is superb.

    (I went to the 1964 World's Fair, my first visit to NYC. Lovely memories.)
     
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    It's held on a different world every year.
     
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    How come there's only North American teams in the WORLD SERIES?

    Doesn't seem FAIR [​IMG]
     
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    I'm remembering one in the U.S. where they lost their asses financially. Might have been that one from the 80's.
     
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    it was, yes. The exchange rate was awesome for us americans [​IMG]
    I was pretty young, but remember we stayed in Seattle and drove back and forth for some reason.
     
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    All alone at the '64 World's Fair

    Eighty dolls yelling, "small girl after all"

    Who was at the DuPont Pavillion?

    Why was the bench still warm?

    Who had been there?
     
  9. Jack Briggs

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    I used that huge tire exhibit as a landmark to keep my bearings and to navigate the Flushing Meadows Fair.

    And I remember the Belgian Waffels. Loved the Ford exhibit -- rode in a convertable that took us on a tour of the far past and the far future (superb miniature work).
     
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    I remember the Sunsphere and wigs at the World's Fair in Knoxville in 1982. [​IMG]

    I still remember where I parked the car. [​IMG]
     
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    Rob, did you go with a friend named Ana?
     
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    I dont want the world... I just want your half...
     
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    That was my one and only World's Fair visit. I was about 11, traveling with my parents and Aunts and Uncles in an RV. I saw my first IMAX-like move there are the incredible 3-story movie screen! [​IMG]

    I think I still have a little stuffed Koala souvenir I bought at the Austrailia exhibit.
     
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    I had the robot mascott from the 86 fair in vancouver, but my mom's puppy ate it when I was in highschool. I bet it's worth something today [​IMG]
     
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    "It was a lot of fun"

    Yep Expo 86 was fun, but I still don't get the walkway with all the different forms of transportation painted a very boring grey!

    Brent
     
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    Hunter & Erik [​IMG]



    I've never actually been to a World's Fair but I have been on the Seattle Monorail, eaten at the Space Needle, and attended countless record conventions, comic book conventions, concerts, fireworks shows, and IMAX presentations at the Seattle Center, all of which were built for the 1962 World's Fair.

    Our downtown CINERAMA opened in 1963, underneath the Monorail line, in 1963 when the Fair was still in town.



    The Trilon and the Perisphere from the 39-40 New York World's Fair have always fascinated me but I understand they no longer exist. [​IMG]



    In a Cinerama-related tidbit, one of the very first multi-camera systems, "Cineorama", debuted at the 1900 Universal Exposition in Paris (a predecessor to the World's Fair). It consisted of 10 screens in circular formation, like CircleRama at Disneyland. 10 projectors at the center of the attraction projected the image. The films were shot by a system of 10 cameras mounted to the outside of a hot air balloon basket. The films were travelogues, featuring journeys to exotic locations. This began a long tradition of showcasing new motion picture technology at world expos.
     
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    Expo Ernie!!!
    I still see him at functions every once in a while. The president of our Expo, Jim Pattison bought him and brings him out every once in a while.
     
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    I hope you guys know I was referencing the Simpsons episode when Bart, Milhouse, Martin, and Nelson go on a road trip during spring break. One of my favorite Simpsons episodes! [​IMG]
     
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    *speaks into the wilderness again*

    I really think you all would enjoy that DVD documentary I mentioned in my earlier post. It's available at Laser's Edge, DVD Empire, etc.
     
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    My only regret in life is that I was born about ten years too late. I would have loved to be at Montreal's World Fair back in 1967! It was the biggest party the city has ever seen, and was right in the middle of Quebec's Quiet Revolution.

    Today the French and Quebec pavilions are now the Montreal Casino, and the US pavilion is now the Biodome. We also still have the amusement park (now owned by Six Flags) and Habitat 67 (now high class condos), but pretty much every other pavilion is long gone.
     

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