Urso Chappell’s ExpoMuseum Blog: December 2009

31 December 2009

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30 December 2009

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  • 01:25 The World's Fair Podcast Episode 1 (the second one) is now available for downloading: www.WorldsFairPodcast.com/ #
  • 09:23 @jonah_kessel Did you make an online calendar or a paper calendar? Sounds interesting! #
  • 09:25 RT @EthnicHoosier Cummins Inc. will be an official sponsor of the USA Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World EXPO: bit.ly/7eqtad #
  • 10:32 Want one of our ExpoMuseum 2009 Postcard Calendars (with expo anniversaries on it) for free? Send us your snail mail address. #
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29 December 2009

The World's Fair Podcast, Episode 1

Our second episode of The World's Fair Podcast, Episode 1, is now available for download.

In this episode, John McGregor and I talk about some of our favo(u)rite pavilions:

- The Netherlands at Expo 2000,
- Japan at Expo 88,
- Canadian Pacific at Expo 86, and
- Morocco at Expo 92.

Download directly at WorldsFairPodcast.com or via iTunes.

Links to items discussed in the podcast:
- Photos of the Netherlands at Expo 2000
- Rainbow War on DVD

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24 December 2009

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23 December 2009

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  • 08:30 Thanks to @Lesausky for finding this great info about San Francisco at Shanghai's Expo 2010!: tinyurl.com/yeyv57f (Hmmm... July, eh?) #
  • 09:58 22 December 2009: Just 130 days until Shanghai's Expo 2010 opens! #expo2010 #
  • 10:09 Very cool! I'm trying to figure out that lighting effect RT @worldexpoblog Latvia at World Expo 2010 Shanghai #expo2010 ping.fm/fNpkN #
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22 December 2009

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17 December 2009

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  • 01:04 Great video about the current state of the 1964-'65 New York World's Fair NY State Pavilion: www.youtube.com/watch?v=SG4LG2TvSJ0 #
  • 01:11 83% Support Edmonton's bid for Expo 2017: www.youtube.com/watch?v=yX3doQKNRD4 #
  • 09:22 RT @scdemark Recall the 1964 World's Fair & the NY State Pavilion? Why was the pavilion allowed to decay? .... tr.im/GXmm #
  • 09:24 RT @tony_tracy Signage for #Expo2010 is *everywhere* in #Shanghai, as is the construction, painting & preparations. 136 days to go... #
  • 12:35 ExpoMuseum.com was visited by nearly a quarter of a million people from at least 144 countries in 2009 (so far). #
  • 15:37 Let us know what you thought of Episode 0 of The World's Fair Podcast ( www.WorldsFairPodcast.com/ ) by emailing Urso@ExpoMuseum.com #
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15 December 2009

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14 December 2009

The World's Fair Podcast, Episode 0

I'm pleased to announce that Episode 0 of The World's Fair Podcast is now live.

In Episode 0, John McGregor of Foundation Expo 88 and I discuss world's fairs in general, the nomenclature, and the how world's fairs are still relevant.

The audio isn't that great yet (which is why this is episode "zero"), but subsequent episodes should sound much better.

To subscribe via iTunes, got to:

Alternatively, you can listen to the episode through your web browser at:

I'd love to hear what people think. Please let me know what you'd like to hear in the future. In future episodes, we'll be interviewing both fans and professionals involved in expos in the past and future.

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  • 12:52 RT @tony_tracy The Expo 2010 mascot / symbol reminds me of a shorter, more stocky, blue Gumby. #Expo2010 #Shanghai myloc.me/23RaM #
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13 December 2009

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  • 18:05 The World's Fair Podcast update: Episode 0 has been edited. We should have it up by Monday. www.WorldsFairPodcast.com/ #
  • 18:27 12 December 2009: 140 Days until #expo2010 opens #
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12 December 2009

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11 December 2009

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  • 10:48 Seattle folks: RT @MossAtKCTS ..."Seattle's Forgotten World's Fair-- The Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition" is on KCTS 9 tonight at 7 p.m. #
  • 10:49 RT @worldexpoblog Inside at Italy at Expo 2010 #expo2010 ping.fm/MdnTL #
  • 10:50 RT @worldexpoblog What's all the fuss about, Taiwan? #expo2010 ping.fm/SZqbK #
  • 10:51 RT @worldexpoblog Don't forget the little guys at #expo2010 ... Uzbekistan has ambitions too! ping.fm/AMn73 #
  • 10:53 As we get closer to #expo2010, it might make sense to start using the #-tag mor e with all of the other "(XXXXXXX) Expo 2010's" out there. #
  • 10:54 RT @CNWGreenWire Shanghai World Expo 2010 - Presentation of the Espace Montréal multimedia show cli.gs/vU99T #
  • 11:52 If world's fairs are obsolete, then why are places like museums seeing more and more folks? tr.im/HfGs #
  • 11:56 The Spain Pavilion at Shanghai's #expo2010 has a Twitter feed: @pabellon2010 #
  • 19:30 Just finished recording Episode 0 of the www.WorldsFairPodcast.com/. I hope to have it edited and up in the next week. Stay tuned! #
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10 December 2009

Exhibits About Future Expos

A conversation over on WorldsFairCommunity.org made me think about exhibits about future expos at an existing expo.

I remember seeing an exhibit about Expo 85 near the exit of the Japan Pavilion at the 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville. As a high school student, I so wished I could afford the $1985.00 for their cheapest travel package. I believe they also had an ad in the guidebook, something I've seen in other guidebooks.

At the 1984 Louisiana Purchase Exposition, Canada devoted a lot of space to Expo 86. I remember getting my first Expo 86 souvenir pins there in New Orleans.

The Germany Pavilion at Expo 98 in Lisbon had a huge section about Expo 2000 including a motion simulator ride where you went underwater in Lisbon and then surfaced and flew over the Expo 2000 site in Hannover.


Even though China hadn't won Expo 2010 yet, the China Pavilion at Expo 2000 promoted its bid for Shanghai. 2010 seems so far in the future back then.


Not surprisingly, the China Pavilion at Expo 2005 devoted a lot of space to promoting Expo 2010. They also showed a large film in their pavilion at Expo 2008.

At that same expo, next door the Korean Pavilion promoted its bid for Expo 2012, which it would end up winning.


Korea promoted Expo 2012 at Expo 2008 with an exhibit and a host that described the plans to guests. She actually spent a lot of time talking to me (in English) about the history of expos. Italy also promoted Expo 2015 at their Expo 2008 pavilion.

Another side topic to this would be Olympics being promoted in pavilions.

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In these photos, Paris promoted their 1992 Olympic bid at Expo 86 and Italy promoted the 2008 Winter Olympics in Torino.

Anyone else remember any others?

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09 December 2009

World's Fair Podcast

Thursday, John McGregor of Foundation Expo '88 and I will start recording Episode Zero of the World's Fair Podcast.

Why Episode Zero and not Episode One? Well, we're going to consider this a practice frame. This one won't count. There are a lot of technical challenges to setting this up (not the least of which is the fact that the two hosts live on opposite sides of the planet), so I hope folks will be patient with the quality.

Our zeroeth episode will likely feature us discussing our backgrounds. Between us, we've been to 10 of the last 12 international expositions (neither of us went to Expo '85 in Tsukuba or Genoa Expo '92).

In the coming weeks, we'll be looking to interview folks about past world's fairs, current world's fairs (Expo 2010 starts in less than 5 months!) and future world's fairs including the possible bids for 2017, 2018, and 2020.

We have a few ideas in mind for possible future episodes, but I'd love to hear from folks about possible topics and guests. What would you like to hear about? Who would you like to hear from?

The podcast's home page is at: http://www.WorldsFairPodcast.com/

Let us know what you think.

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  • 08:41 RT @jessebdylan World's Fair Subway Special - 64 NY worlds fair subway train that took you there. Interesting. bit.ly/4x3srA #
  • 08:43 RT @scdemark Will the long-neglected, amazing terrazzo map floor of New York, from the 1964 World's Fair, be saved? tr.im/GXmm #
  • 08:45 RT @sarahplusone: Canadian? Looking for an Expo #job ? Canada Pavilion is hiring! tinyurl.com/2010canpavjobs #expo2010 #
  • 08:47 RT @culturefutures Triad: www.triad.de/en/ doing world planet pavillion at Expo 2010: will demonstrate eco principles through the... #
  • 13:14 Is Tong Bingzue the "Number One Expo Collector?" tr.im/H3m8 #
  • 14:07 Knute Berger has another great article on Crosscut. This one about the 1909 A-Y-P and how it reflects Seattle legacy: tr.im/H3DW #
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08 December 2009

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  • 08:25 RT @Foodimentary: December 7 is National Cotton Candy Day. Did you know it was introduced in 1904 at the St. Louis World's Fair as "Fair ... #
  • 08:28 RT @sf_tv Pavillon für World Expo in Shanghai präsentiert: Die Städte Basel, Genf und Zürich haben in Basel ihren... bit.ly/6YyJ0s #
  • 08:32 RT @DESIGNSTUDIO26 speaking of events: #DS26 will be attending #expo2010 in #Shanghai during opening week in May.. Anyone care to join?? #
  • 18:06 RT @Disneyopolis The Inland Empire World's Fair that just never arrived bit.ly/7VioSn #
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07 December 2009

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05 December 2009

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  • 09:40 RT @ReactionGrid 1939 World's Fair December meeting, today at 2pm Pac / 5pm EST / 10pm UTC/GMT, 39FairHQ simulator twurl.nl/17c4t2 #
  • 09:43 RT @CityofEdmonton: EXPO 2017 Open House bit.ly/55AY8P #yeg #
  • 09:50 RT @corkpolitics New blog post: Lord Mayor calls for Cork to be featured at 2010 World Expo in Shanghai corkpolitics.ie/wp/?p=3696 #
  • 09:56 RT @expochina Santa Claus will send his best greetings and gifts to Chinese visitors at Expo 2010's Finland Pavilion. is.gd/5bNSn #
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04 December 2009

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  • 10:49 RT @HJ_Heinz The use of mustard as a hot dog condiment was first seen at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. #
  • 10:58 Excellent discussion: @cbcedmonton's business panel discusses Expo 2017 bid: bit.ly/56o2Pj I hope optimism wins out. #
  • 11:03 RT @GlobalCalgary Video: Bid Costs - Tue, Dec 01 - Edmonton is in the running for Expo 2017, but just the formal bid... ow.ly/1664S4 #
  • 11:05 RT @worldexpoblog UAE Pavilion to go home after #expo2010 World Expo 2010 Shanghai ping.fm/lFFX4 #
  • 16:09 San Francisco Chronicle articl e about US participation at Shanghai's #expo2010 tr.im/GzCi #
  • 16:20 Tickets for Shanghai's #expo2010 go on sale in the US: english.eastday.com/e/091203/u1a4852596.html #
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03 December 2009

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  • 00:40 2 December 2009: 150 days until Shanghai's Expo 2010 opens #
  • 00:42 RT @blindreff Bring on Expo 2017. I want to live in a great city and Expo could help Edmonton become that. #yeg #
  • 00:49 @ETownMickey According to a CBC Radio interview with the bid chairman, the slogan will "evolve" in in the future: bit.ly/5Dx6d3 #
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02 December 2009

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  • 14:53 Gizmodo: "The Shanghai World Expo 2010 Will be an Amazing Architectural Freak Show" tr.im/GlWA #
  • 15:28 Great video discussing the development of the Denmark Pavilion at Shanghai's Expo 2010 via @worldexpoblog: tr.im/Gm6M #
  • 15:55 @GrandOwl77 They sure do. The largest in history is next year in Shanghai. 2012 in Korea, 2015 in Italy... www.ExpoMuseum.com/ #
  • 15:56 RT @JustonWestern Interesting video about 125th anniversary of the World's Fair in NOLA circa 1884...: bit.ly/81mu9B #
  • 15:58 @ahhandy North America might get a world's fair again in eight years: Edmonton is bidding for 2017: www.ExpoMuseum.com/2017-2018/ #
  • 16:00 @rylanszopa Expo 2017 would be the latest in the long history of international expositions/world's fairs: www.ExpoMuseum.com/ #
  • 16:01 RT @cbcedmonton Listen: Expo bid: The man behind Edmonton's bid to host Expo 2017 (6:32) bit.ly/5Dx6d3 #yeg #
  • 16:11 @Bruce_Winter I can't speak about the costs since each expo (world's fair) is different... some are financed... post.ly/Drv1 #
  • 21:28 @ahhandy I don't see how it hurts the validity, but it does affect name recognition. Europe had nothing between 1937 to 1958. #
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01 December 2009

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