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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 11, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 24 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Monday, February Scene of Spokane's World's Fair Expo 74: Will it become littlest show on earth? By TOM TIEDE SPOKANE, Wash. (NEA) Several years ago when people first began discussing the idea of holding a World's Fair in this out of the way community, many critics thought the plan preposterous. Now, three months from opening, the critics have not yielded. A national newsmagazine recently called Spokane's "Expo 74" the best kept secret of the decade. A network television program has asked the question: "Spokane, Where's And a state official adds privately that "Well, the whole thing's embarrassing." Expo here, grumps a newsman, will be "the littlest show on earth And no doubt, compared to recent fairs and expositions in more populous regions, Spokane's thing will be Lilliputian. Last year's Osaka, Japan, Fair tried for one million visitors a day; Spokane hopes for five million over six months; Seattle's "Century 21" of a decade ago featured a Space Needle that still lures awed tourists; Spokane's largest deal is a 145-foot vinyl cone that looks like Clyde Beatty's big top; Montreal offered one of North America's most sophisticated cities at its 1967 shindig; Spokane has the on-site Spokane River Waterfall, much cherished by residents but at 50 feet high not exactly a Niagara. And not only has the local Expo had its credibility worries, it has been plagued from the start by gremlins of a historic kind. King Cole, the community planner who suggested the show, said that the first public response was: "Who needs Indeed, the history of World Fairs in the last decade has been naught but grief. Century 21 made some money, but the New York Fair of 1964 lost million and Montreal lost 1250 million. Cole says that when he tried to hire an experienced World's Fair professional, "they all said they'd never do it again." The fear of failure was enough to turn off significant numbers of Spokane citizens. When the Expo Committee tried to raise early operating money, by bond issue, voters said no "I thought at the time." says Cole, "that was the end of it" But the seed sprouted anyway The city passed a business and occupation tax, the local wealth chipped in, and this town, which had never previously collected for such other than the United Fund, raised a hasty million and the show was go. Today the Expo is 90 per cent complete. Construction crews have transformed an island in the middle of the Spokane River once reputed for its rusty railroad tracks and nodding winos into a kind of cowtown carnival Some say it is the only state fair Russia will have a booth in this summer Besides Russia, there are 20 other major exhibitors, half of them domestic. Much of the main show will doubtless be attractive, even informative, but much of it will reflect neighborhood thought for thrown into the entertainment galaxy, along with the likes of Bob Hope and Ella Fitzgerald, is a, gulp, "Junior League Rummage Sale One undeniably interesting thing about the affair is its theme: ecology. Cole says each exhibition will focus on "celebrating tomorrow's fresh new environment." Accommodatingly, most of the buildings will be made out of prefabricated, recycleable materials, and will be torn down after the fair for sale and reconstruction elsewhere. Environmental seminars will be held. Fifty acres of air purifying sod will be planted. Even the frequent fireworks displays will feature bombs that contain reduced particulant matter. Nagging questions, however, remain concerning Expo '74. Can a rummage sale lure five million people? And, concerning the environment, is the Fair part of the solution or problem? Officials are optimistic about the former: "We don't expect people to flock here from all over the says manager Peter Spurney. "We expect 60 per cent of attendance from the state of Washington. Most of the rest of the people will come from within a 500-mile radius." Maybe. But the energy crisis looms like a storm in the forecast. Even without gas rationing, attendance is likely to be cut; with rationing, one fair official admits, "things could be disastrous." Spurney says that if worse comes to worse local businessmen may chip in to buy strategic filling stations "for the exclusive use of fair-goers." but this could be a hypocrisy of the very conservation the Fair officials expound. Critics feel that in times of shortage, gas for fairs should be low priority. Nonetheless, optimism is the word in Spokane these days. And there is good reason for cheer. Even if the Fair flops, Spokane profits. The Expo site has renovated the city's worst slum, the ugly railroad terminal has been moved and modernized and facelifting fever has resulted in a million expansion of the community's largest hospital and half a dozen new multimillion dollar buildings. Authorities feel Spokane will realize million in business and construction before the Fair closes in the fall. It will operate from May 4 to Nov. 3. Some believe the sum will be even higher. So the critical jibes do not hurt so much here. The people in this town of are proud of their cheek and their fair, and of the money their persistence has generated. "I bet the thing will be a huge success, says a storekeeper sharply. "I bet people will hear about us, and what we're trying to do, and come out here just to see what kind of damn fools we are." Voice can tell experts astronaut's condition LONDON (Reuter) Russian experts have come up with a unique way of monitoring the physical and mental condition of pilots and scientific study of their voice patterns. Try a gentle laxative from the maker of Turns! STAY-FRESH PACK T PA M I LV LAX ATI ItHCl It's called hR because it's Nature's Remedy. F The Turns people, as you would expect, know a great dea! about sensitive stomachs. They make their laxative with vegetable ingredients M brings easy, effective, overnight relief. M's gentle act Jon works j while you sleep I without disturbing your rest. TryNalure's Remedy, a gentle ail-vegetable iaxative. Regular or chocolate coated. Nt tonight, tomorrow alright. Many years of research have produced a fairly com- prehensive guide which can give specialists a good idea of what a flyer is experiencing, just by listening to the way he speaks. Dr. Vladimir Kurashvili, de- scribed as a Moscow astro- physiologist, was quoted by Novosti news agency as saying experiments have shown that "voice diagnosis" has a great future. "Voice and speech are indices of human Novosti reported. "They can tell much about the mood of a man and his condition." For instance, a flyer finds it difficult to speak at all during conditions of over-strain. "He speaks abruptly and la- conically. "At the moment of weight Ipssness. the speech becomes richer and emotional. "Monotonous speech is characteristic at the moment of air sickness and limited movement" Emotional and physical ten- sion causes the basic frequency of the voice to rise, as well as "the intensity of speech while tiredness and depression usually decrease these factors. But each individual has his own speech and voice peculia- rities So, during training for a flight, the specialists would have to study a cosmonaut's speaking habits and compile what Dr. Kurashvili calls "a psychological passport" Housing planned for young farm help OTTAWA Facilities to provide housing for itinerant farm labor are expected to be set up across the country by the federal government following federal-provincial consultations now underway it has been learned here. The federal government's agriculture manpower assistance program, with emphasis on youth employment, be in- teTated by the manpower and immigration department into its program for establishing farm labor "pools" across the country where farmers need help. The camps although the officials shy away from the word to be estab- lished in appropriate areas by the local agricultural manpower board. Such areas will include facilities in Ontario, Quebec, the Atlantic provinces, the Prairies and British Colum- bia me tarm labor pools will have a basic staff consisting of a manager who is thoroughly familiar with the agricultural community; an assistant where the volume of activity warrants; an accountant to maintain financial records and ac- counts and a clerk typist to maintain administrative records. Manpower and Immigration Minister Robert Andras was critical of housing accom- modation provided in some areas to itinerant and foreign labor brought into Canada to assist in the harvest of agricultural crops. He suggested his department would investigate the pos- sibility of establishing housing facilities or camps in strategic areas where the individuals could live and be hired by fanners. It is estimated that of the workers in the Canadian agricultural labor force, are paid employees, the majority of these being seasonal workers. 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