The Seguin Gazette-Enterprise from Seguin, Texas on November 23, 1988 · Page 15
Get access to this page with a Free Trial

The Seguin Gazette-Enterprise from Seguin, Texas · Page 15

Seguin, Texas
Issue Date:
Wednesday, November 23, 1988
Page 15
Start Free Trial

The Seguln Gazette-Enterprise * Wednesday, November 23, 1988 • Page Visit to , By MICHAEL R. PEREZ "It was a wanderlust," local chiropractor Dr. Terry Frisbie said about his moving to Brisbane, Australia ih 1974. In mid-October, he traveled 8,500 miles and passed over both the equator and the international date line to the city he lived in for two years to attend World Expo '88. Brisbane served as the host city to World Expo '88 which took place from April 30 to Oct. 30. The doctor attended the Expo Oct. 9-15 and says he was immediately impressed with the $600 million Expo site, which contained some 70 pavilions from -around the globe. He says that the Expo was made even more attractive by $34 million in gift wrapping of rain forests, canopies and eye-catching statues. "This was only the second expo to be held in Australia. In 1888, Melbourne staged the Centennial International Exhibition," Frisbie explained. While Frisbie lived in Brisbane, he worked for a television station as a video tape editor. He says working for Channel 10 14 years ago gave him some distinct advantages over most other visitors to the Expo. • "Don Savage, a good friend of mine, was chief of operations at the TV-10 pavilion. On one occasion, Don had arranged reserved parking for me at Expo which allowed me to pull around a line of angry drivers waiting for a parking space. Knowing the right person also got me into the Expo, which had more advantages than just saving the price of admission. The TV-10 entrance pass enabled me to enter -the grounds before the gates opened for general admission. Thus, I could get there early and be first in line for the pavilions that featured the long waits," Frisbie said. "Counting all the privileges afforded me, I probably avoided standing in 10 hours of lines." ••...;... Frisbie said his first day at Expo ' '88 was on a Sunday, along with 130,000 other visitors. He said he stayed the.-week with Dan and his wife, Jenni, and their two children, Kylie and Mark. "I owe much of the joy of my trip to their gracious hospitality." "We had special arrangements to see the New Zealand pavilion," Frisbie said. "It was one of the most popular. The natural elements of New Zealand were highlighted here with a two and a half story high waterfall at the entrance, an underwater •entrance tunnel and a rock climb to the glow worm cave. He also said technology was dis- '88 was a memorable event Dr. Terry Frisbie played as the waterfall which doubled as a computer-controlled gate and a film about'Maori (native people) traditions was projected onto a screen of mist and the floor of the woolshed was moved by hydraulics and synchronized to the film. Frisbie said the Switzerland pavilion had a unique chairlift ride that landed in the middle of a Swiss village, giving its passengers a taste of the economy, culture and tourist attractions. "The centerpoint of the pavilion was a Permasnow ski slope which looked, smelled and skied like the real thing," Frisbie said. > According to Frisbie, the U.S. pavilion was devoted; to American sports. On the large sports court outside the pavilion, gymnasts, power- lifters, volleyballers and.other'ath- letes representing 70 sports demonstrated their skills ^daliyi.Their demonstrations included commentary about training methods and descriptions of the more, unusual sports not often s^eri in dther^parts of the world. The chiropractor said there were also displays introducing school arid community athletics and illustrated the wide .•Vali«sty i tjr w spi6'rts in the U.S., from little league baseball and T-ball to the "Big Eight" of college football. "An old leather football helmet juxtaposed with a cut away of a modern high-tech helmet was one of the many illustrations of the progress in equipment design in the past 50 years," Frisbie remembered. The New South Wales pavilion provided a chance to step back in time to 1788. Frisbie said it featured a ride on a replica of the H.M.S. Sirius which carried the first convicts halfway around the world to Sydney Harbor. The Queensland pavilion provided Frisbie another opportunity to avoid standing in a long line. John Crook, a friend and former coworker of his, was the deputy commissioner in charge of protocol and hospitality at the pavilion. Frisbie said Crook produced and hosted a daily television talk show on TV-10 for a period of 13 years. In 1976, Crook interviewed Frisbie on his show to give an American perspective on what it was like living in Australia. Frisbie said Crook has been producing and hosting an internationally syndicated television show called, "Down Under," in which he explores the many splendors of Australia. Frisbie.said Crook was gracious enough to arrange VIP entrance into the pavilion and even provided him with the Queensland gift packet which contained books, pins, coasters and a tie. "Visitors to the Queensland pavilion were given a space station view of the state using images provided by NASA, before experiencing the tranquility of coastal resorts and islands, diving the 'Great Barrier Reef and traversing the outback and tropical forests," Frisbie said. "We were given a futuristic look at the proposed development of the hot, barren northeastern tip of Australia into the world's first commercial space station. "My favorite pavilion was from Australia and featured the $4 million theater of illusion. Part of the Aboriginal Dreamtime was captured in a magnificent and sensitive presentation of the Rainbow Serpent legend, which brought together Aboriginal actors in a live stage show. It used a masterful mix of live theater and mystical effects." Frisbie also said there were more than 70 food outlets conveniently placed. "Many of the international pavilions had restaurants serving their typical national cuisines. The variety v of food available was dazzling— from Japanese sushi; crocodile kebob, Samoan curried shrimp, Canadian ox burgers to deliriously wicked French pastry. My favorites were the meal of fresh king prawns (huge shrimp) that I enjoyed on the Kookabura Queen Floating restaurant followed by a stroll to the New Zealand pavilion for some Kiwi ice cream. One of the favorite hangouts for the Australians was the Munich Festhaus which was quite similar to the New Braunfels Wurs- tfest, complete with the Chicken Dance. "The theme of Expo '88 was 'Leisure in the Age of Technology.' What better way to spend leisure time than to be entertained by some of the world's most original and talented artists? The River Stage, apparently hovering over the water, gave the backdrop of an entire city skyline which at night was mirrored in the glassy water. Up to 12,000 people could watch the performances from the astro-turf river bank. This stage hosted performers such as the Little River Band, Glenn Frey, Australian country music spectacular, and the Australian Youth Ballet, to name just a few." During Frisbie's two-week long stay in Australia, he attended the International Chiropractic Congress in Sydney. He said the week-long conference was held at the world famous Sydney Opera House with its distinctive billowing sail design. Sydney is Australia's largest city with a population of 3.5 million. Frisbie said it was the final destination for convicts deported from England. When the convicts arrived in Sydney Harbor, back in 1788, Sydney wasn't even there. They had to build the place. One can still see where the convicts carved the first town in Australia. Frisbie said it's in the restored Rocks, District which contains numerous historical buildings, shops, pubs and galleries. "Expo '88 was entertaining as well as educational. The leisure theme was perfect for Australia because for Australians, leisure takes a high priority," Frisbie said. 'There are many reasons to visit Australia. Like beautiful beaches, great scenery and the Great Barrier Reef, but I say the best thing about Australia is its people." DURING HIS TWO week vacation in Australia, local chiropractor Dr. Terry Frisbie visited the World Expo '88 in Brisbane. The doctor lived in Brisbane for two years and was afforded some advari- tages over most other visitors. He said the Australian pavilion was his favorite because of its $4 million theater of illusion. Photographs courtesy Dr. Terry Frisbie THE EXPO MONORAIL and other outdoor sculp-, tures will be left as legacies of this year's World Expo. HemisFair Tower in San Antonio and the Eiffel Tower in Paris are examples of other legacies left by World Expos. P6MgN§Ti?ATi TH£ game of vQiisyfeQii to World Expo 88 visitors outside the USA pavfe, The pavilion was dovetedto American sports and featured demonstrations of more than 70 SKATEBOARDERS UTILIZE ONE of the many sculptures that _ , — —__—.u.,um. m p IJI1JJfy jftaed World Expo m The $600 million Expo site featured 70 sports with s commentary apoutfr^^ from around the globe and was mode even more- tjon§ of me more unusual sports not often seen in other ports ©f altraotiye by $34 million In gift wrapping of rainforests, canopies the world. and eye-os'tehlng statues-

What members have found on this page

Get access to

  • The largest online newspaper archive
  • 8,600+ newspapers from the 1700s–2000s
  • Millions of additional pages added every month

Try it free