Real Estate by Debbie Reynolds: Throwback Thursday - The World's Fair

Throwback Thursday - The World's Fair

Throwback Thursdays - 1982 World's Fair


36 years ago, Knoxville, TN was the host city for the World's Fair. It was also known as the Knoxville International Energy Exposition. Millions of people came from all over the world to see the exhibitions and get in on the excitement.


The Sunsphere is still there. It was built 266 ft. tall with a five story gold globe on top. It stands today as a symbol of Knoxville down in Fair Park near the Tennessee River. The Tennessee Realtors Convention is taking place at the Convention Center and this orb reigns over the It serves as a reminder to me of the Realtors that left Clarksville to go work the Fair. Time Share ownership was the buzz back then and agents wanted to get in on the selling. Some were gone for months. 


Today you have to have a special license to sell time shares. A Time Share agent in Tennessee cannot sell regular real estate without having an affiliate or full broker's license. Much more regulation has been added. Times have changed. 


 Throwback Thursdays - The World's Fair


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Comment balloon 19 commentsDebbie Reynolds • September 13 2018 01:38AM


Good morning Debbie. The days of the World Fair are a distant memory and for those who are lucky, so is owning a timeshare. Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) 6 months ago

Hi Debbie... totally forgot about that World's Fair. The one that immediately comes to mind for me when someone says World's Fair is the one in NYC in 1964/1965, which I attended many times while in high school. I don't think I've been to another since. And that site in NY is where the US Tennis facilities are now housed and the championships played.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) 6 months ago

That is a bladt from the past...have not thought about the world's may be what the world needs now...some more positivity.

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) 6 months ago

Good morning Debbie Reynolds,

You are right times have changed..I haven't thought about the world's fair either but a nice remembrance. Thank you for sharing!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) 6 months ago

Thanks for sharing his history lesson and your photograph.

You may wish to blog about those time share sales licenses.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 6 months ago

Debbie, I just realized we were through your beautiful area about a month ago when my husband and I took our camper on it's maiden voyage!  

Posted by Faith LaRosse, Serving Berks, Chester & Montgomery Counties (Springer Realty Group) 6 months ago

Good morning Debbie.  Times have changed indeed.  Especially about timeshares and their current reputation.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 6 months ago

In 1964 my father brought us to the World's Fair in New York. I remember the homes and cars of the future. Pretty much right on.

I wish I never heard the term timeshare

Posted by Doug Dawes, Your Personal Realtor® (Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA) 6 months ago

I love going to fairs reminds me of my childhood. Thanks for sharing I hope you have a great day.

Posted by Pat Champion, Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs (Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty) 6 months ago

Hmm, do they still have a world fair annually?  I have only been to county and state fairs, but have not been to either in a long time.  I always enjoyed them as a kid.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) 6 months ago

Good morning Debbie. I am embarrassed to say, I didn't remember the World's Fair in Knoxville. I went to the World's Fair in 1964. It was amazing.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 6 months ago

Good morning Debbie - All I seem to hear on ads now is how to get out of time shares.  I have never had one.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 6 months ago


Love your story of the fair and the reminder of the globe.

While we were watching the US Open, Ron was reminiscing about the NY World Fair that he visited with his parents when he was in Junior High...Perhaps Nina Hollander saw Ron on the grounds?  LOL

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 6 months ago

Debbie I was there 36 years ago for the World's Fair.  My in-law's were living in Summerville, GA just 45 miles away at the time.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) 6 months ago

Debbie Reynolds - Thanks for educating me on the past history of the World Fair in TN. I enjoyed reading about it too. I think it's neat that George Souto was there. I've never been to one but I can imagine it was and always will be unforgettable. Isn't it amazing how far energy and technology has gotten since the time of that World Fair?

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 6 months ago

Ron and Alexandra Seigel hi Alexandra... it's possible Ron and I were like ships passing in the night at the NY World's Fair so long ago.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) 6 months ago

The worlds fair is a great concept if done right that doesn’t seem to get a lot of play from the general public these days.

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) 5 months ago

Nina Hollander I love the phrase about ships passing in the night. Such an old-school cool phrase that doesn’t really get used a lot these days. :)

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) 5 months ago

Laura Cerrano hi Laura... I probably used an old-school phrase because I am old! 

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) 5 months ago