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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 20

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Wednesday, August 7, 1974
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20 Northwest Arkansas TIMES, Wed., Aug. 7, 1974 FAVETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS Only World's Fair Of 1970s Expo 74 Apparently A Financial Success Bv STEVEN D. WEINER SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -Expo '74. America's only world's fair planned of the 1970's, apparently is a financial success. Perched on 100 acres of island and river bank in the center of Spokane, the fair thrives halfway through its six- month run. Since opening day May 4, about 3 million people have come through the turnstiles and 512 million has been collected. "We're financially somewhat more successful than we expected," said Peler Spurney. E x p o ' s 39-year-old general manager. "We still have a considerable time to go before we can assume that all our oblig- atons will be met. But all indications are that they will be." Money already has been set aside to pay back half of the aproximately $7 million in bonds and loans originally invested in the fair, Spurney said. The break-even point had been set at 4.8 million visitors. Now nearly 6 million are expected by closing day on Nov. 3. Expo '74 cost $80 million to build. Except for the original $7 million investment, the cost was borne by the nine foreign and 43 domestic exhibitors. While Expo '74 shines financially, its social message, "Celebrating Tomorrow's Fresh New Environment," strikes most ecologists as bland. FEW SHOW UP The greatly-promoted Environmental Symposia' series -once described by Spurney as :he "soul of the fair" -- was to have attracted leading environmentalists from several countries to discuss ecological problems and to formulate solutions. Very few came. The sessions are described by specialists as essentially a review of what's already known. "We always recognized that :he symposia series would be in competition with the fair itself," Spurney now. explains. Expo's festive, band-playing atmosphere has dispelled whatever doubts the citizens of Spokane might have had that a city of only 180,000 could stage a world's fair successfully. Restaurants and hotels are jammed. Single hotel rooms have Single hotel rooms have jumped jumped from a pre-fair $15 a night to $22. Spokanites now have a permanent 2,700-seat opera house and convention center built as part of the Washington Slate exhibit. The $tl.5-million U.S. Island Group Experiencing A Sleeping Beauty Revival MARIEHAMN, Aaland (AP) -- After decades of dozing life. the Finnish island group in the Baltic known as Aaland is experiencing a Sleeping Beauty revival with a booming terry, traffic. Once an idyllic playground for socialites like Russian Tsar Alexander 11 and his wife Maria Alexandrova, it is now a teeming summer resort for millions of average Swedish citizens. During the summer months more than 20 passenger ships call daily at Mariehamn; the city named after the Russian empress. Five shipping lines with a steadily growing number of ships compete on the route of 'Stockholm-Mariehamn, w h i l e others shuttle between Stockholm, and Helsinki via Aaland. Swedish- tourists willingly spend their money aboard the ferry boats, but undoubtedly save the lions' share for the well-stocked groceries, as foodstuff prices tiave skyrocketed on the Swedish market. Last year the province ol Aaland, known through the centuries as an area of good finances, accounted for 16 per cent of the total amount of foreign currencies exchanged in Fin land - $35 million. The Swedes spend millions on meat as prices for ox filet and 'beef arc 30 to 50 per cent lower ir Mariehamn .than in Sweden Thus Aaland, with a population of only 21,000 inhaibtants, ac counts for 50 per cent of the total sales of foodstuffs in Fin land. TICKETS CHEAP The shipping lines charge practically nothing for tickets - the ordinary price for the 11 hour Stockholm-Aaland roundtrip is roughly $4. Somehow the oil crisis seems to have hac little effect on the lines. Viking Lines, the largest Km eight of its ten ships during (he last three years. "Naturally we can't make our living, from the Aaland route only,!', explains Viking manager Christer Morn. "Our main ncome source is the shipping of goods between Finland anc Sweden and the. tax-free sales of goods aboard the ships." Aaland quickly adapted itsel to the changed situation. Down:own Mariehamn is dominatec y hotels, restaurants and well- stocked stores. Last year the first international luxury hotel was built there. Beautifully situated at the waterfront, i is equiped with three restaurants, indoor and outdoo swimming pools and eight suites that have 'their own saunas. 1 The management considered the first year a complete success and another large size hotel is planned next door. . .The 'Aaland islands, for ccnti ries part of the Swedish king dom, were lost to the Russian in the war of 1808-1809. But 4 years later in the Crimean war the British, after smashing a Russian fortress on the island, offered to allow Sweden to take Aaland. The Swedish government, fearing Russian reprisals, declined. Mariehamn, founded in 1861 by Alexander II, is the .administrative and financial center. The province is granted a far- reaching autonomy and certain treaties signed* by the Fiimis government must be accepted by the pro provincial assembl b e f o r e being enforced in Aaland. Despite the fact that Aaland belongs to Finland, more than 90 per cent of the population speaks Swedish and watches Swedish television. And Finnish presidents have been infrequen visitors to the western outpos in the Baltic. Current president Urho Kekkonen goes to the Kremlin much more often than avilion, a conical, modernistic ucture, might also remain. | The fair site is' to become, huge d o w n t o w n park, though some would like the i t y to permit limited evelopment in the park. About 300 million, most of it private mds, has been spent to moder- ze the surrounding downtown rea. Until Expo, it was a undown section of the ' city hose newest buildings were onstructed around the turn of 1C century. The owner of Spokane's minor ague baseball team complain- 3 that the fair was killing at- ;ndance. He said that his acific Coast League team, ith home game attendance fi- ures in the 100-to-200 range, might have to move elsewhere. "Everything in this town is xpo," the frustrated owner aid. "No one is concerned aout what happens later." OTHER FRICTIONS There have been other fric- ions. A band of gypsies left the air's Folklife Festival ahead of chedule because Expo officials efused to allow them to accept loney for telling : fortunes. Protestors decrying the kill- ng of whales by two exhibiting lations --the Soviet Union and apari -- were denied access o the fair under Bureau of In- ernational Exposition rules anning political activity. How-; ver, fair officials insisted that he Russinas permit into their avilion people .wearing shirts vith printed slogans protesting he treatment of Soviet Jews. The U.S. pavilion has drawn rowds, especially to its show- ng of the IMAX movie, so lamed because the six-story creen on which it is projected s considered the maximum rea the eye can assimilate. ?he film's environmental messages are conveyed by such ;hock scenes as a panoramic /iew of a quiet desert suddenly iverrun by 4,000 motorcyclists. Also popular has een the Russian pavilion, where the So- nets -- exhibiting in the United states for the first time since .939 -- outlined environmental problems and socialist solutions. Two of the most popular entertainment events have been visits by champion Russian ice skaters and gymnasts, including Olympic gold medal winner Olga Korbutt. The 200 Russians working at the pavilion have kept to themselves. They live as a group in an apartment building and a motel. NOT EASY Spurney, a mechanical engineer and community developer from Chevy Chase. Md., once encouraged his staff by telling them "world's fairs are fun." He now says that running a ays ,'thii is anything but easy, hopes to keep management team together to run other expositions and Bicentennial events. "This Is a major urban renewal success," Spurney says of Expo '74. "Fairs are remembered by what they contribute. In most respects, it's too early to judge h o w ' w e will be re- Sailor Files Suil Against Government JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- A Navy man who says he is dying of cancer has filed a $5- million damage suit against the federal government, claiming membered. But we've shown how a small city has managed to pull off a world's fair." military doctors brushed off his complaints ol illness. The suit was filed Monday by Timothy Nunley, 19. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Nunley of Jacksonville, filed a separate suit asking $1,5 million. "Cancer of the lymph system has progressed to a stage whereby surgery cannot be performed and the plaintiff is in the terminal s t a t e of carcinoma," the suits say. The suits charge government doctors were negligent, careless and reckless in failing to diagnose the young man's illness between September 1973 and Jan. 7, 1974. Mrs. Nunley said her son sought help from doctors at three bases, Hie Orlando (Fla.) Naval Training Center, the Mayport (Fla.) Naval Station and the Great Lakes (111.) Naval Station but didn't get a thorough examination until she wrote the commanding officer at Great Lakes. . on the route, has purchased to Aaland. EQof Fayetteville Hiway 71 South Locust Fayetteville, AR (phone 52T-5422) White above natural French Brown-tone. Only $145.95 Available in natural French Brown-tone. Only $103.95 FUR COATS Natural brown-tone French rabbit mid-length coat. 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