Michael Holmboe, a Norwegian writer, was born in 1952. International recognition as Gold Medalist at EXPO 96 for his contribution to the World's Fair, "Stavanger History Guide", which became part of the story of how the grassroots collection of engineers, artists, and other volunteers set out to re-create world's fairs of the 19th Century. In less than a year, he became among those who created the Internet 1996 World Exposition, which attracted 5 million visitors from 130 countries. Newsweek called the World's Fair perhaps the most ambitious undertaking on the Internet to date". A dozen heads of state, Boris Yeltsin and Bill Clinton among them, endorsed the world's fair. Corporations in telecommunications and computers contributed $100 million to create the "Fairgrounds'," a globe-spanning Internet Railroad, and "Central Park," a public park for the Global Village. Michael Holmboe decided to go for the "Fair" in a big way, and entered a gold-medal winning "Pavilion" devoted to his hometown, Stavanger as European City of Culture (2008). His initiative gave already in the early 90`s a firsthand perspective of the early days of a new medium, an overview of what the "Internet" meant and what it might become as a fascinating glimpse of life on the front liners of the information revolution..
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