This past October, I visited Knoxville, TN on a two-week road trip with my wife Michelle and son Ethan. The trip was a fitting end to a summer/fall that had been challenging and strange. Starting with the loss of my job as an editor in June (read about here and here), we had all weathered a difficult but ultimately fun five months of unemployment. Now, with a new year underway, and my 33rd birthday just passed, I’ve been looking at alot of personal photos the past several days and stumbled across these images I took with my Nikon D40.
Included here is a selection of photos I took one evening at Knoxville’s Sunsphere, a space needle-inspired tower constructed for the 1982 World’s Fair. These visuals were captured from a looped video being played on a flat screen TV hanging in the Sunsphere’s observation deck. For some reason, this video really appealed to me. It was probably the bizarre timewarp factor: Ronald Reagan opening the event; Dinah Shore as the master of ceremonies; and random southern-fried musicians like Rickey Skaggs and Porter Wagoner performing. Namely though, I think it was most interesting to look back 28 years on an event that, at the time, was so focused on looking forward. The theme of the exposition was “Energy turns the world.” And the fair also heavily touted the debut of new inventions, including touch screen displays, boxed milk, and the Cherry Coke flavor by Coca-Cola. Nearly thirty years later, it all seems quaint.
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(via Annals of Americus)