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.