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3/20/2017 06:31:00 AM
In the background can be seen the old Ford Building,left over from the 1935-1936 California Pacific International Exposition. Today, it is the home of the San Diego Aerospace Museum.
This building looks a little like the Ford Rotunda built a year earlier for the 1934 World's Fair in Chicago, that was later moved to Dearborn after the Worlds Fair. But Ford used two different architects, Albert Kahn for the world's fair and Walter Teague for the Calif.Exposition. Ford spent 2 million dollars during the depression on the building and gave it to the city after the Exposition. p.j.
Right next to the Ford Building was the Ford Bowl, a large outdoor amphitheater similar to the Hollywood Bowl that was also built for the Fair for the presentation of live stage shows. Years later, it was used by the San Diego Civic Light Opera Company (aka “Starlight”) for nighttime musical theater productions. (The company had originally presented its productions in the San Diego Zoo’s Wegeforth Bowl.) The Bowl was located right under one of the San Diego Airport’s flight paths. During a performance, whenever a plane flew over, red lights among the footlights would come on and, no matter what was happening on stage, everybody would freeze in position until after the plane was gone and the red lights went out. It was not uncommon for this to happen 10 or more times during a performance. The audience loved it. However, if this happened during the middle of a song or a dance number, it was always a challenge for the musicians, singers, and/or dancers to all resume together in the right place once the red lights went out. Having played for a few of these “Starlight” shows, I can say that they were always a lot of fun to do.
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