The 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee

The 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee was nearby MOTHER EARTH NEWS publication's hometown, a perfect opportunity to take a tour of the exhibits and entertainment available at this year's world's fair.


| July/August 1982


Only a "simple Simon" would willingly pass up a chance to combine education and pleasure at the 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee. (See the 1982 World's Fair photos in the image gallery.)

The 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee

Now that the summer's in full swing, it seems only fitting that we tell you a little about one of the most impressive events to come to MOTHER's home area in quite some time: The 1982 World's Fair!

The Knoxville, Tennessee exhibition—located just a short hop over the Great Smoky Mountains from this publication's hometown in Hendersonville, North Carolina—opened its gates on May 1 and will remain in operation through October 31 of this year. And though the site itself is somewhat small by previous World's Fair standards (its 72-acre layout simply serves to keep all the displays within easy walking distance of one another), the fair is still one of the largest international exhibits to be held in the United States in the past four decades.

The theme for the exposition is "Energy Turns the World", and the fair's organizers would have been hard pressed to choose a more vital topic. In order to stress the importance of developments in that field—both the breakthroughs of the past and those that have yet to be made—the exhibitors have attempted to incorporate energy-related displays into their presentations . . . or, like the United States, have designed structures which themselves symbolize the energy theme while housing smaller exhibits. (The six-story cantilevered U.S. pavilion uses 5,000 square feet of solar collector surface to power its air conditioning and water-heating systems.)

Other international exhibits include the Australian solar and wind energy display, a presentation of alternative energy hardware from the People's Republic of China (along with an actual section of the famous Great Wall, some historical artifacts, and various works of art), Japan's industrial robotics, and the European Community's exhibition of that group's sponsored energy projects.

Of course the corporate displays address the energy theme, as well, and some of the areas of interest represented are alternate fuels, automotive design, computer sciences, laser technology, communications, and petroleum research.





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