Among the biggest names of the era were the soul music acts that performed, including Motown stars Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. At one point before their evening stage performance, the couple were quietly escorted to a undisclosed location. During a rainy afternoon at the fair, Marvin and Tammi were filmed together singing to their monster hit, "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" while huddled together under one of the fair's modernistic telephone booths that featured a plastic umbrella above.
The Centennial fountain in Queens Square is truly a work of art and a thing of beauty. Paid for by the Gore Insurance Company, the shape of the fountain is of the Canada Centennial symbol: the stylized Maple Leaf used exclusively for the year long event. Jets of water shoot straight up from each of the leaves.
Always on the lookout for anything old an vintage, I looked up at the buildings along the main street and came to a screeching halt when I spotted the huge Deluxe Restaurant sign overlooking the front of this vintage diner. The street view of the building was covered in green and black vitrolite, a popular glass-like tile material used in 1930's and 1940'
Unlike so many of the original locally owned "mom & pop" restaurants that got squeezed out of business by the big chain restaurants, Three Little Pigs thrived and survived until the owners decided to retire on their own terms, after their long and successful term in the business.
Whether it was a department store in Canada or the United States, these old catalogs were like windows from the past. Every time I would find one, I immediately started looking for several of my favorite subjects.
Inside the tiny shop, the walls were lined with quality used and vintage guitars. The better and rarest guitars were behind the counter where the cash register was. To the left were the bass guitars, all hanging on the wall. During this visit, I was looking at all the basses all lined up, when I noticed that one of them wasn't shaped like the others, so it didn't fit in somehow. As I focused on this fact , I began to think that what I was really looking at was indeed something rare and unusual.
As I scoured every guitar shop in town looking for a bargain, plus knowing my budget was small, I finally found what I was looking for. I had managed to purchase a used 1971 Fender Musicmaster bass guitar.