Monday, April 30, 2007

Expo 67 - 40 years ago

Expo 67 opened 40 years ago.
It's hard to believe that I am old enough to remember Expo 67. We were living in Montreal at the time and so got to see lots of Expo. During the summer I was there almost every day. I was the designated guide for visitors. My "passport" has a stamp from every pavilion. Expo was a very significant even here in Canada... it was probably the last major world's fair with the impact that it had.



Of course those of us who were school aged were subjected to Bobby Gimby and the song
(One little two little three Canadians)
We love thee
(Now we are twenty million)
(Four little five little six little Provinces)
Proud and free
(Now we are ten and the Territories sea to sea)
North south east west
There'll be happy times,
Church Bells will ring, ring, ring
It's the hundredth anniversary of
Ev'rybody sing together!
A far better Expo 67 song was the Ontario pavillion's A Place to Stand, A Place to Grow to go with the film, A Place to Stand [produced and edited by the Canadian artist and filmmaker Christopher Chapman. It won the 1967 Academy Award for Live Action Short Film.]
The song was written by Dolores Claman, who also wrote the Hockey Night in Canada theme, with lyrics by Richard Morris.

Check out these links for more pictures and info on Expo 67... I think I'll go take a trip back to some memories:
expo 67
collections canada - expo 67
wikipedia - expo 67

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