Tag Archives: World’s Fair

Well, If You Ask Me

Everyone knows “that guy.” It turns out that I might be “that guy.” I occasionally receive emails from Phil at Movoto. A month ago he sent me a link to a list of “9 Knoxville Stereotypes.” This week, he wrote to me … Continue reading

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Here Comes the ‘Sphere

The Sunsphere is one of my favorite things about Knoxville. I have stood on top of it and I took a photo of it that was published on RoadsideAmerica.com. During the Festival on the Fourth, I included the Sunsphere in several … Continue reading

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All’s Fair

According to a tweet from The Today Show, Montreal’s Expo ’67 and Knoxville’s 1982 World’s Fair were nothing. There have been nineteen world expositions since the 1964 World’s Fair in New York, but The Today Show called it the “last … Continue reading

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Oliver Springs Eternal

“Are you coming back for the festival?” Every person my wife and I encountered in Oliver Springs asked us that question. We had stopped off in the small town on our way home from Frozen Head State Park. The October … Continue reading

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Cubic Rube

The World’s Largest Rubik’s Cube meets two of my favorite sightseeing criteria. It’s a world’s largest thing and it’s a piece of World’s Fair memorabilia. On top of that, it sits in downtown Knoxville, across the street from the Sunsphere. … Continue reading

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Festive Y’all

For the first time since 2006, I wasn’t traveling or working on the Fourth of July. My wife and I were able to attend a picnic at Panther Creek State Park with some friends who had invited us to join … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Generally Sherman

Hearing news reports about the death of Robert Sherman was like listening to a soundtrack of my childhood. He and his brother wrote songs for many iconic movies from my youth. “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” remains one of my all-time … Continue reading

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Butcher and Baker

The recent addition of three items to my small collection of 1982 World’s Fair memorabilia made me want to revisit Sweet P’s Barbeque and Soul House. The World’s Fair logo is everywhere at Sweet P’s. In addition to the collectibles … Continue reading

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Fair Deal

Garage sales don’t hold much appeal for me. Fortunately, Cassie Kiestler, who occasionally comes to see Einstein Simplified, thought of me again when she spotted a deal too good to resist at a West Knoxville garage sale. For less than … Continue reading

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No Licking of the Spoon

Some of the segments I’ve done for Smoky Mountain Morning are starting to turn up on YouTube. The first story I did was a walking tour of World’s Fair Park. Later that same day, I visited Forensic Chemistry Camp, which … Continue reading

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Rip the Knob Off

As a radio geek, stunt formats and frequency swaps naturally appeal to me. For the past two weeks, I have been enjoying the stunt format on 100.3 FM. It’s a mishmash of sound bites that are supposed to drive listeners … Continue reading

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On the Record

Once “Helen Wheels” had safely unloaded us from her DUKW, my wife and I headed across the street to Seattle’s world famous Space Needle. The structure was built for the Century 21 Exposition, which was not a Realtor convention but … Continue reading

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