Expo 74 Spokane World’s Fair opened on May 4, 1974. A month later I headed to Spokane leading a bike expedition To Expo ’74. The state sponsored event was on the front page of the Seattle Times for almost a week.
I never made it to the Expo ’74 fair grounds. Five miles out of town, on that hill down into Spokane, my bike’s front wheel hit a groove and I went flying . . . breaking my right collar bone. And it didn’t even warrant a headline or a lead paragraph in Lacitis’ coverage in the Times!!
In 1994 I remember the Spokane trip while on KOMO AM-1000, Seattle.
KOMO, Norm Gregory, May 4 1994
Expo 74 Spokane World’s Fair opens on May 4, 1974.
On May 4, 1974, Expo 74, the Spokane World’s Fair opens on two islands in the Spokane River for a six-month run. The exposition theme is “Celebrating Tomorrow’s Fresh New Environment” (Bowers). Ten nations have exhibitions that will be visited by 5.6 million people. After the fair closes, Spokane will be left with a convention center, an opera house, and a park. ● More: HistoryLink.org