One More Day

April 30, 2007 at 2:03 pm 3 comments

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..


Entry filed under: Remembering the World's Fair.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Roy Anglin  |  July 2, 2007 at 2:13 am

    I was partner with several other folks in several businesses, one I remember was the Bagel Shop. I am now 80 years old and have many fond memories of the Fair. One thing I have never been able to understand is the folks who put out the negative (untrue) information about the fair and just about ruined it.

  • 2. Vaughn Bosson-world king  |  July 31, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    I can speak to the Petro experience, as several of my friends were employees of the stand during the expo. Not only were we employees of the establishment, we were also MAJOR advertisers during the Greatest moment of the fair. Namely. the EXPO 10000 road race of 1982. AT the DENOUMENT of the fair approx 15 of the world HANDSOMEST MALE Specimins (in the 150 ,and below weight class) to walk the planet toed the line in the race. Wearing their new uniforms, enslpendored with the Petros logo the LOST RUNNERS(inc 1979) stepped toward greatnesss.

    After the race was over, and after taking some 15 of the top 100 or so places( out of some 3000 finishers) the company flourished.

    The gods themselves moved on to other things , some constructive, some not so. The worst of the lot went into academia(Woods, Thompson, Lemay) the rest to the constructive pursuits such as the trucking business , chemistry, geology, teaching, achetecture and the peace corp. LONG LIVE THE LOST RUNNERS.

  • 3. Michael Tim  |  February 28, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    I love your site!

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