Leonard Panas 
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Re: “Is there anything remaining of the 1984 World's Fair?

I worked in the Site Development Department and was involved in a dozen or more of it's individual projects including the construction of the LWE offices, site demolition, site utility distribution, the monorail system, the Wonderwall, the corporate plazas and the U.S. Pavilion. After the fair ran it's course, I stayed on to help shut down the site and liquidate the fair's assets. Despite the fact that it didn't come close to meeting it's attendance goals and being profitable, it was a huge hit with locals and it put a smile on millions of people's faces. For those of us that worked together so hard to make it the magical place it became, it remains a tremendous source of pride. I will remember it as one of the best experiences of my life, and yet one of my worst, due to the financial wreckage that forced many of the contractors we worked with to revamp or shut down their businesses. That was horrible, .

As for what is remaining of the fair, some of it can be found in the Great Pacific Northwest. The China Pavilion escalators, the "fan" lights that were dispersed throughout the fair site and a couple of dozen flag poles from the U.S. Pavilion are placed around the Montgomery Park building in NW Portland.

If anyone is interested in discussing the specifics of the development of the New Orleans fair site, or other aspects of the fair construction, I would be happy to respond. My email is len@lspanas.com.

Posted by Leonard Panas on 03/26/2017 at 10:28 AM

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