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50 years ago in Expo history: John Denver added a special midnight show because the fair’s entertainment offerings proved too popular to meet demand

50 years ago in Expo history: John Denver added a special midnight show because the fair’s entertainment offerings proved too popular to meet demand

50 years ago in Expo history: John Denver added a special midnight show because the fair’s entertainment offerings proved too popular to meet demand

Several shows were added to Expo ’74’s entertainment schedule due to “tremendous box-office response and repeat sales.”

New attractions announced included singer Jose Feliciano, the Mills Brothers with comedian George Gobel and actor Henry Fonda in the one-man show “Clarence Darrow.”

Also, a second John Denver show was added after his first show at the Spokane Coliseum sold out almost immediately. This would be a “Midnight Special” on the same night, August 23rd.

Expo managing director Petr Spurney said Expo entertainment was initially “budgeted at a loss” but was now on track to turn a profit.

In other Expo news, the Whitworth College Children’s Theater delighted youngsters on the “giant white bubble” stage next to the multi-colored Expo butterfly. The show was titled “The Wonderful Wizard” and the wizard claimed to cast spells on children to magically transform them into various animals.

At the end, he reversed his spell because “there might be a riot in there if all the ants, bees, wolves, and bears would get out!”

From 100 years ago: A Rathdrum man had created a first on his fur farm – he produced “the only genuine (pine) martens in the world”.

“If a man knows enough about their habits, he can be bred as well as any other animal,” he said.