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The 1982 World's Fair, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
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Tennessee Amphitheater and Sunsphere
The Sunsphere
Tennessee Amphitheater
and United States Pavilion
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After the success of Expo '74 in the relatively small town of Spokane, Knoxville decided to host a world's fair focused on the theme of energy, an important issue of the late 1970's that ended up not being as urgent by 1982.

Today, the Sunsphere still stands in Knoxville and has become the city's symbol.

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Audio
 
 
1982 World's Fair Record

The 1982 World's Fair Record Album

People Are Energy – track 1
Meet Me at the Fair – track 2
Why Can't You and I – track 3
Put a Little Love in Your Heart – track 4
Sunsphere – track 5
The Splendor of '82 – track 6
The Windows of the World – track 7
Battle Hymn – track 8

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Video
 

1982 World's Fair Television Commercial

1982 World's Fair Television Commercial

The Energy Express Theme (The 1982 World's Fair Parade)

1982 World's Fair Promotional Video
1982 World's Fair Overview
Home movie
Home movie
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Quick Info

opening date
01 May 1982
closing date
31 October 1982
theme
"Energy Turns the World"
site description
former railroad yard adjacent to downtown Knoxville and the University of Knoxville
site size
29 hectares (72 acres)
participating countries
22
attendance
11.1 million
status
BIE specialized exposition
(Class II)
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The ExpoMuseum Shop
   

 
Check out The ExpoMuseum.com Shop for other world's fair books, video, audio and art.
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Mascots
 
1982 World's Fair characters

The 1982 World's Fair did not have an official mascot, but the site did feature six characters that walked around the site, posing for photos.

Unfortunately, not much else is known about these characters or even if they'd been named. Shown here are three of the characters as depicted on souvenir pins.

Any further information via email or by phone (1.650.ASK.EXPO) is always appreciated.

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Exclusive Photos
 
 
1982 World's Fair photos

Exclusive photos related to the 1982 World's Fair are on ExpoMuseum's Flickr site. Most show images from the 25th anniversary and an exhibit celebrating that anniversary in 2007.

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Map
 
 
1982 World's Fair site map
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Discussion Board
 
 
The World's Fair Community

ExpoMuseum's sister site, WorldsFairCommunity.org, maintains a discussion group about the 1982 World's Fair. Visit it here.

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Other Useful Sites
 

25th Anniversary – a blog celebrating the 25th anniversary in 2007

The 25th Anniversary of the 1982 World's Fair - video on KnoxNews.com

1982 World's Fair Wears Well – article by Cynthia Yeldell

A Look at the 1982 World's Fair – by Bill Cotter

Architecture of the Sunsphere – from GlassSteelAndStone.com

1982 World's Fair – from VirtualTourist.com

1982 World's Fair and Energy Expo's 25th Anniversary - from KnoxViews.com

City Plans to Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the 1982 World's Fair - from the City of Knoxville

World's Fair Park - the legacy site

The World's Fair: 1982 - A Special Report - from Saudi Aramco World

1982 Energy Expo World's Fair, Knoxville, TN - photos from Webshots Travel

Test Your Knowledge - from KnoxNews.com

Knoxville Unveils its World's Fair - from the New York Times

1982WorldsFair.org - a project of ExpoMuseum in the planning stages

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