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Leader Of Spokane World's Fair Dies

(King Cole, President of Expo ‘74, left, is given a piece of cake designed to celebrate the pre-birthday of Expo 74 in Spokane, WA. Chef John Wolfsheimen and Congressman Tom Foley are also in this 1973 photo. Photo archive The Spokesman-Review) (King Cole, President of Expo ‘74, left, is given a piece of cake designed to celebrate the pre-birthday of Expo 74 in Spokane, WA. Chef John Wolfsheimen and Congressman Tom Foley are also in this 1973 photo. Photo archive The Spokesman-Review)

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - King Cole, who played a major role in bringing the 1974 world's fair to Spokane, has died at the age of 88. Cole had been in failing health and died Sunday.

Cole was hired in the 1960s by the business group Spokane Unlimited to improve the lagging economy, and thought a world's fair would lead to urban renewal.

Cole traveled 700,000 miles in three years in the early 1970s, getting support from local, state and national leaders and the Bureau of International Expositions.

During its run from May to November 1974, more than 5 million people visited Expo 74. The worlds fair site is now Riverfront Park.

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