When I was a teenager, I came across a book in the school library titled Remember Expo by journalist Robert Fulford. It was a mainly pictorial record of Montreal’s Expo 67, arguably the most successful World’s Fair ever held. Though I wasn’t alive during Expo, the pictures in the book seemed somehow familiar to me. (Maybe a past life thing?) As much as I wanted to find out more about Expo, this was long before the Web, so all I had was that one book, a few sparse encyclopedia articles, and my imagination. Sometimes I’d catch glimpses of the Expo site on TV—almost always in passing, such as during the Formula One race that takes place on Île Notre-Dame. The cars would pass the former France and Quebec pavilions (now the Montreal Casino), and at one point, you could see the U.S. pavilion (now the Biosphere) in the background.
When I moved to Montreal in 1992, the site was no longer remotely the way it was during Expo and Man and His World, the subsequent exhibition that lumbered on for at least a decade or so. Still, I’d enjoy taking the metro to Île Sainte-Hélène just to walk around what is now mainly a park, and think, This is where it all happened! And you can still ride one of the original Minirail lines at the La Ronde amusement park.
Well, it turns out there’s a fellow named Jason who’s really into Expo. What strikes me about him is that unlike others who have put up Expo nostalgia sites—mainly people who actually went to Expo—Jason, like me, is far too young to have attended, and yet has a delightful fascination with the fair and the exciting era in Montreal that surrounded it all. He’s also way into retro stuff. His blog is called Expo Lounge, and I highly recommend checking it out.