Archive for April, 2007

One More Day

Tomorrow is May 1, twenty-five years to the day that the 1982 World’s Fair opened.

What’s Knoxville doing on May 1 to commemorate it?

Nothing. Well, except apparently a news conference on Tuesday to announce what they’re going to do.

The Knoxville News Sentinel and several of the local television stations have taken up some of the slack, however. On Sunday, the Sentinel published a special insert retrospective, with lots of detailed referenced material on their website. There’s not much on the TV station websites, though I’ve seen some things on the channels themselves. WBIR in particular will be running several special reports during the week, including Live at Five broadcasting from the Fair site Tuesday.

Hey! Petro’s is running a nice promotion, 2 “special sized” Petros for $2.00 in honor of the World’s Fair 25th Anniversary. As you can read here, Petro’s were first introduced at the Fair – in the little Fritos bags, filled with chili and cheese and other stuff. Good on ya, Petro’s!

I’m just happy for all the memories. What I’d like to do is try and post as many of my own personal recollections on this site during the next 6 months, as well as mention several events that occurred during the run. Any other stories anyone would like to submit would be welcome..

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April 30, 2007 at 2:03 pm 3 comments

Sunsphere to Reopen, and Venable funny

Southern Graces to reopen Sunsphere (Knoxville News Sentinel, 04/13/07)

Southern Graces Catering & Events of Knoxville has signed a sublease for two floors within the Sunsphere, developers Brian Conley of Knoxville-based Cardinal Enterprises and Jon Kinsey of Chattanooga-based Kinsey Probasco Hays announced today.

Southern Graces plans to launch its Sunsphere operation in September. The “Café Floor” will be open to the public and serve lunch and snacks and provide bar service in the evening, Southern Graces president Bob Sukenik said in a statement.

The “Event Floor” will provide catering services for a variety of business and social events.

This is great news for Knoxville, as its most recognizable landmark will finally become functional again.  I can’t wait for my kids to be able to travel up into it and take a look out like I did, 25 years ago.

Also in today’s News Sentinel, columnist Sam Venable relates a story someone sent him about some long-ago World’s Fair souvenirs:

Because next month marks the silver anniversary of the 1982 World’s Fair, the following message from Bill Waldrop of Tellico Village is quite timely: 

“I have in my wine cellar (aka basement garage) a six-pack of World’s Fair beer I’ve been saving for a special occasion. Do you think it is significant that the cans have swollen into a profile shaped like Phil Fulmer?” 

This is funny because I think my dad still has a couple of 6-packs of World’s Fair beer stored in our basement.  I think we should take it out and open it on May 1st, and see what’s become of it.

Ick.

I am glad, however, than another media person recognizes the 25th Anniversary of the World’s Fair opening is less than 18 days away.

April 13, 2007 at 12:18 pm 1 comment

At Last, Some Media Attention

WATE-TV and Gene Patterson seem to be aware of the pending anniversary:

In just a few weeks, Knoxville will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the start of the Knoxville International Energy Exposition. You may remember it as the 1982 World’s Fair.

I’m interested in your stories about the Fair. I may use them in some upcoming stories on the anniversary. Think about it.. Write in…

It’s interesting he mentions that Knoxville will soon be celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the World’s Fair. Does he mean the City of Knoxville has something planned? Or Knoxvillians in general, and by extension the media, will be the ones actually doing the commemorating?

A quick scan of the Knoxville City Government website doesn’t mention any kind of celebration or commemoration pending, and the events calendar lists nothing for May 1st except an unrelated event on Market Square and a golf tournament….

April 11, 2007 at 2:51 pm 3 comments

One Month

Yesterday was April 1, 2007.

In one month it will be May 1, the 25th Anniversary of the grand opening of the 1982 World’s Fair here in Knoxville, TN.

What is Knoxville planning to commemorate this silver anniversary of arguably the biggest, most important event to happen to this city?

As far as I can tell, nothing.

If anyone has heard of anything – anything at all – being done to honor or remember this date and occasion, please let me know and I’ll publicize it here.

Otherwise I guess we’ll all just have to celebrate quietly at home with friends….

April 2, 2007 at 2:27 pm 3 comments


Remember the Date

The 25th Anniversary of the 1982 World's Fair is on May 1, 2007. Mark your calendars!

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