Has the “Word of Tomorrow” become a thing of the past?
Earlier this month, ExpoMuseum.com’s Urso Chappell had the opportunity to talk with Time Magazine on the occasion of the 50th and 75th anniversaries of the 1964-1965 and 1939-1940 New York World’s Fairs.
Philadelphia’s 1876 Centennial Exposition as it looked in February 2014. Shown here is the former Art Gallery (now Memorial Hall, which is home to the Please Touch Museum) and the Ohio Pavilion (now the Ohio House Restaurant).
Expo 2015 has unveiled it’s mascots for the world’s fair in Milan. They don’t have names yet. They’re asking for input from the public. Presumably, the characters will be more full developed with different personalities and will combine to make one big mega-mascot.
I’m not sure if these characters will really appeal to kids, however. For me, they recall the characters from Epcot’s now-defunct Food Rocks attraction which never seemed very appealing. I mean, who wants to eat anthropomorphic food? But, then again, folks DID like the California Raisins.
Exciting news! The winning bid for Expo2020 was announced today — and it goes to Dubai! So proud and excited to have contributed to this successful bid with my Thinkwell team. Learn more at: http://tinyurl.com/thinkwelldubaiexpo (at Thinkwell Group)
I’ve written before about how many Americans are unaware that expos (or “world’s fairs,” as we tend to call them here) still happen. Similarly, the millions of people who live in countries that have hosted expos in the last couple of decades are sometimes unaware of America’s contributions to the medium throughout history. Walt Disney’s story is em…
We’ve added a new page to ExpoMuseum.com about the intersection between world’s fairs and Walt Disney. It’s a work in progress as we still need to find out more information whether Walt Disney visited 1935 Brussels, 1935 San Diego, 1937 Paris, or 1958 Brussels. At least two or three of those seem likely.
Also, I’ve heard that both 1984 New Orleans’ Seymour D. Fair and 1988 Brisbane’s Expo Ernie were designed by Disney animators. I haven’t been able to confirm either of those.
Walt Disney was responsible for helping create exhibits for four pavilions at the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair: the General Electric Progressland Pavilion, the Pepsi/UNICEP “it’s a small world” Pavilion, the State of Illinois Pavilion, and the Ford Motor Company Pavilion.
Treasure Island, the site of the 1939-1940 Golden Gate Exposition, has a new view: a new Eastern Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. This photo-montage shows the new span just a few hours apart on 10 September 2013.
So far, Expo 2015’s confirmed participants represent 86% of the world’s population. I put this map together tonight to show the countries that haven’t confirmed yet. The ones with percentages are countries who represent more than 0.5% of the world’s population:
- United States, 4.46% - Philippines, 1.38% - United Kingdom, 0.89% - South Africa, 0.75% - Ukraine, 0.64% - Poland, 0.54% - Canada, 0.50%
Expo 2015 opens in 652 days. I hope we don’t have a repeat of Expo 2010’s United States Pavilion, which was put together at the last minute… or worse, a repeat of Expo 2000’s United States Pavilion which was canceled.
We need to find a way to do this better here in the United States. We need an ongoing organization dedicated specifically to fund and authorize our participation in world’s fairs.