World’s Fair Wednesday – 1982 Energy Express

In Knoxville at the 1982 Expo, a train would make its way around the fairground blaring a synthesized anthem of energy.  The train was called The Energy Express and it began its nightly voyage at 9pm, singing this catchy tune: Kind of has a “poor man’s EPCOT” feel to it, in a good way.  Anyway,…

World Fair Wednesday – Shanghai 2010’s Big Baby

Expo 2010, held in Shanghai, had a record attendance at 73 million people.  The Spanish pavilion was particularly interesting at this expo, a huge wicker facade over a steel structure:       Even cooler is what’s inside.  A tunnel featured 3D footage of bits of Spanish history on the way in, and in another…

World’s Fair Wednesday – Superman Day

On July 3, 1940, DC Comics hosted “Superman Day” at the New York World Fair.  This featured the first public appearance of Superman in costume at the World of Tomorrow:     You can see that “Superman” is spelled out over the S on his chest.  Old school! There was a radio broadcast of Superman…