I’d like to correct Dirk Sutro’s otherwise interesting and informative article on William Templeton Johnson (“Johnson Designs Still Stand Out in San Diego,” Oct. 6, 1988). He states that the Panama Pacific Exposition opened in Balboa Park in 1915. In fact, it was the Panama California Exposition.
This oft-repeated error may stem in part from the fact that in that same year the Panama Pacific Exposition opened in San Francisco. (That angered many organizers of the San Diego effort, since our northern neighbor’s fair drew attention, business and exhibitors away from Balboa Park.)
Contributing to the mistake may be the fact that in 1935 the Park was host to the California Pacific International Exposition.
MARVIN A. FREEDLAND