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Any fans of the 1984 World's Fair here?

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#46 Bill Cotter

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Posted 18 June 2011 - 09:28 PM

I enjoyed this fair (not nearly as much as Expo 86) and concur with fiscus1 on Knoxville. One of my most vivid memories was the boat from the Bogart/Hepburn film "The African Queen." The aquacade was pretty groovy. One of the days we attended was Australia Day and saw an Andy Gibb concert for free. Shook hands with VP George Bush at the United States Pavilion. LOVED the whimsical Wonderwall. Saw Al Hirt, however this teenager was less than impressed. More impressive to me was seeing "Grady" from Sanford & Son in the China pavilion. (Very strange!) Who could forget the slightly pornographic mermaid gates! My Dad joked that they must have been sculpted by Hustler Magazine. LOL. For such a small fair it did a fine job capturing the flavor of New Orleans.

Here's a shot for you I just restored:

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Posted 19 June 2011 - 02:46 AM

Awesome Bill! Thanks.

Looking back on the LWE it may have been little but sure had a hell of a lot going for it. Every time I think of it it just puts a smile on my face. Posted Image

I sure was a lucky guy to have parents who hauled me to 4 fairs by the time I was 15. Nothing but wonderful memories.

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Posted 19 June 2011 - 09:28 AM

I think the 84 Fair was a lot more popular with visitors than the press indicated at the time, based on my own experiences and those of the people I interviewed for my book. It's sad that the fair is almost forgotten today by the city leaders - not so much as a plaque to show where it once was.

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 12:33 PM

I'm a fan of '84 World's Fair Expo, went in mid-June with my parents and myself put-up a Native American day display at the Mississippi Pavillian, had video about the tribe along with some arts and crafts, It was Philadelphia, Mississippi Day. The followin' photo my dad took is me standing in front of the Swiss exihibit.

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