Thirty Years More

If it was possible to send a message back through time to the younger me, I would tell myself to drive from Northern Virginia to East Tennessee during the 1982 World’s Fair. I was focused on school, while also working at the college radio station. Later that summer, I got my first job at a commercial radio station, albeit a bankrupt one, in Herndon.

Since moving to Knoxville ten years ago, I’ve collected a few World’s Fair items. To me, they are as interesting as artifacts from the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis. I hope to visit the Farragut Folklife Museum before May 18 to see their collection of 1982 World’s Fair memorabilia.

The Fair opened 30 years ago today. The local television stations commemorated the anniversary with retrospective stories. WBIR anchor-emeritus Bill Williams filed a great then-and-now piece.

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