...and I probably would have been there also for the aught six quake a few years earlier, I would want to have lived in San Francisco for the Panama-Pacific World's Fair. What must it have been like!? Hundreds of thousands of novagems dangling from the Tower of Jewels and reflecting the lights through the fog from a circle of hidden stations.
And speaking of gems, I read that the ukulele was introduced to the United States at that fair.
I've also read (http://www.moah.org/exhibits/archives/1915/) that the fair sported these colors:
TRY TO IMAGINE IT!
No, I mean, try to imagine what it might have been like through 1915 eyes. Come to think of it, I wonder if in 1915 I could have imagined any of today's experiences were somebody from the future--which is actually now the present for a minute--to try to describe them to me. But don't let's get off on that subject!
I know it won't ever approach the original experience, but the next time I'm in town, I'm going to look up (I've seen a few) remnants including elephants and fountains and replicas of mermaids with segmented tails, star maidens, refracting telescopes...sculptures, murals, architecture, etc...well, those that are still there, anyway, and get educated more about the movers and shakers of the 1915 World's Fair. I think there are fair remnants in other parts of the country, as well. What a Wonder!