1933 World's Fair - Friday, September 4, 2015

We know it.  If you've visited us you know it.  The American Treasure Tour has some amazing things on display, and it has a handful of pretty weird things, too.  Today, we are going to discuss something pretty cool - a souvenir of the 1933-34 Chicago World's Fair.  Called "The Century of Progress," it was a centennial celebration for the Windy City that celebrated technological innovation.  The (somewhat long winded) motto of the fair was "Science Finds, Industry Applies, Man Adapts."

The fair held in Chicago forty years earlier was known as the White City, thanks to the dominant color of the buildings.  This fair was all about the rainbow, with bold colors complimenting the deco-styles of architecture.  Attractions in the fair included promising performers such as the very young Judy Garland, the Andrews Sisters, and the Cook Family Singers, as well as the truly bizarre.  The "Midget City" displayed sixty 'Lilliputians,' and there was an exhibition of babies in incubators to show off the effectiveness of this new technology. Automotive and appliance technology took center stage, though, with stylish new Cadillacs and Nash's, Pierce-Arrows and Packards drawing huge crowds.  In fact, the fair was so successful that it's run was extended into 1934!  Although World's Fairs still happen today, they tend to inspire less awe than they once did.  The Century of Progress was a definite classic of its time.  
QUESTION:  In 1982, Knoxville, Tennessee was the proud host of the World's Fair.  What iconic monument to the fair remains standing today - and made an appearance in an episode of The Simpsons?
A)  The Bijoux Theatre
B)  The Sunsphere
C)  The Knoxville Convention Center
D)  Thompson-Boiling Arena

I SEE THE LIGHT!  The trajectory of human history changed today in 1882, and few people realize the significance of the anniversary.  It was the day that innovator Thomas Edison flipped the switch on the first commercial electric power plant in the world.  Located in Lower Manhattan, New York City, the electric age symbolically had begun.

DARREN!  Dick York was born today in 1928. The actor hailed from Fort Wayne, Indiana prior to a move to Chicago, where he got into radio.  Movie roles followed, but he is arguably most famous for his role as the first Darren in the popular 1960s sitcom Bewitched.  Severe back problems compelled him to leave the show, to be replaced (with no explanation) by Dick Sargent.  Mr. York passed away at the age of 63 in 1992.

QUOTE:  I have not failed.  I've just found 10,000 ways that don't work. - Thomas Edison

ANSWER:  B)  The Sunsphere, of course!  This remarkable structure is dominated by gold-tinted mirrors.  If you've never been, drop what you're doing and get there!  Go now.  This minute.