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Pavilion of ^^^l. 

Cornerstone Laying Ceremony at the New York World's Fair 1964-1965 


er 11, 

September 11, 1963 

Excerpts from transcription of remarks made by Argen- 
tine and World's Fair Officials at cornerstone laying cere- 
mony for the Pavilion of Argentina at the New York 
World's Fair, Wednesday, September 11, 1963- 

DR. ROBERTO de MENDOZA {Deputy Chief of 
Protocol]: Your Excellency, Dr. Monaco, Senor Garcia 
del Solar, Mr. Consul General, Mr. Moses, Governor 
Poletti, distinguished guests, ladies, and gentlemen. We 
are to witness today a very important and significant 
ceremony; the laying of the cornerstone for the Pavilion 
of Argentina, which is being sponsored by the well-known 
Argentine company, Comarg, with the cooperation of 
the Argentine Chambers of Commerce and the endorse- 
ment of the Argentine Ministry of Commerce. 

I should like to have the privilege, at this moment, of 
introducing three very charming ladies among our dis- 
tinguished guests: the wife of the Argentine Ambassa- 
dor, Senora Alemann ; Mrs. Charles Poletti, who did much 
to help Governor Poletti in making this International 
Division a great success; and the daughter of the Argen- 
tine Ambassador, Miss Uiana Alemann. 

I now have the privilege to present Governor Charles 
Poletti, vice president of the International Division of 
the New York World's Fair Corporation. 

de Mendoza. Mrs. Alemann, my good friend Iliana, 
Mrs. Poletti, distinguished representatives of the Govern- 
ment of Argentina and the two hard-working gentlemen 
representing Comarg. Dr. de Mendoza has made reference 
to our special delight in having an Argentine Pavilion. 
We feel now that we have justified the decision that we 
made originally, to give special emphasis to our neigh- 
bors on our side of the ocean, by nr.ming this principal 
avenue, from the main entrance — to the Unisphere,® 
the center of the Fair — the Avenue of the Americas. 
And all of us are particularly delighted that this corner 
which is on the Avenue of the Americas and the Avenue 
of the United Nations, has been allocated to Argentina. 

I am happy that the seventy million people who will 
come to the Fair — most of them will be Americans, many 
will be young men and women, the future leaders of the 
world — will have an opportunity to find out more about 

That's the meaning of this New York World's Fair. 

1963 New York World's Fair 1964-1965 Corporation 

This is not a trade fair or an industrial fair — it's a Fair 
to promote better understanding between human beings, 
between brothers under God; that's what we hope to 
achieve. We are happy that Argentina will be present. 
Thank you. 

DR. de MENDOZA: Thank you, Governor Poletti. 
The next speaker's wide range of outstanding services 
rendered to cities, to states and to the nation, have brought 
him world-wide renown and countless honors and 
awards. I give you the president of the New York World's 
Fair Corporation, Mr. Robert Moses. 

MR. ROBERT MOSES: Ambassador and friends. I 
always like to follow Governor Poletti on these occasions 
because there's very little left for me to say. He tells 
the story and all I can do is add the ditto marks, subscribe 
to what he said. As far as anything else to add, I would 
like to emphasize what Charles said about the purposes 
of the Fair. 

As I have said a number of times on these occasions, 
we look for a metaphor — an analogy — to the Olympic 
Games. I've been an enthusiast for these games since I 
fooled around a bit with athletics at Yale before I went 
to Oxford and saw some more of that sort of thing there. 
The Olympic Games have for their objective, bringing 
together the best athletes in the world, regardless of 
ideology, and simply because they are good at one sport 
or another. And it's in that spirit that we're conducting 
this Fair. We haven't any ideology to advance; we simply 

want all these participants to bring the best things they 
have. We promise them a welcome, we promise them fair 
competition, and we hope that out of this will grow the 
kind of friendship that Governor Poletti has talked about. 
I think it will. 

We have been very much interested in the Pan Ameri- 
can Highway. Now, the concept of a highway starting in 
Texas, connecting with all major routes in western United 
States, running through Mexico and Central and South 
America, has been a thing that we've been after for many 
years. It's about to be completed. And we're going to 
show that particular facility, what's been done there, here 
at the Fair . . . perhaps not on the scale we had hoped for, 
perhaps not in precisely the form we aimed at, but that 
it is a physical, palpable link between North and South 
America. We hope that as time goes on, more and more 
people will travel that way — go down there — get ac- 
quainted with these countries at first hand. 

We have your pavilion starting here — we're delighted 
you are here, one of the great countries of the world. We 
promise you a most hearty welcome. We promise to help 
you in any way we can in putting up this building. 

We have here a symbol of the Fair, with the Uni- 
sphere® on one side and, on the other, the coat of arms 
of the City of New York which next year celebrates its 
300th anniversary. Fm very pleased to give this to Am- 
bassador Alemann and I hope he'll find a place for it 
on his desk. 

Ambassador Roberto T. Alemann, 
speaking at the cornerstone laying 
ceremony for the Pavilion of Argen- 
tina at the New York World's Fair. 

Shown laying the cornerstone for the Argentine 
Pavilion are: (left to right) Ambassador Roberto 
T. Alemann. Ambassador of Argentina to the 
U. S. ; Mrs. Alemann; Miss I. Alemann; Dr. 
Ignacio M. Monaco, president of COMARG, 
S.A.; Mr. Bruce Nicholson, International Divi- 
sion at the Fair; Mrs. Charles Poletti ; Governor 
Charles Poletti, vice president of the International 
Division at the Fair; and Mr. E. 0. Schmied, vice 
president of COMARG, S.A. 

The Argentine Pavilion, sponsored by 
a private Argentine group, will depict 
the cultural, historical, industrial and 
tourist aspects of Argentina, and will 
include a luxurious restaurant where 
the piece de resistance will be beef 
barbecued in the style of the Pampas. 
The architect is Paul K. Y. Chen; 
Mazza, Spagnolo, Ramos, Alvarez Forn 
and C. A. Dodds — Associate Archi- 
tects/Engineers. ,,i-; 

DR. de MENDOZA: Thank you, Mr. Moses. Our next 
speaker is a well-known Argentine lawyer who is a con- 
sultant with power of attorney to act on behalf of impor- 
tant industrial, construction and metallurgical companies 
in Argentina. He has written many articles on labor 
rights in the construction and textile industries, and his 
vision, energy and enterprise have been decisive factors 
in making possible the participation of Argentina in the 
New York World's Fair. It is my great pleasure to present 
Dr. Ignacio M. Monaco, senior partner of Comarg, which 
is sponsoring the construction of the beautiful Pavilion of 
Argentina which will shortly rise from this ground. 
^ DR. IGNACIO M. MONACO [President of Comarg, 
S. A.] : On such a momentous and great occasion, because 
of the spirituality inherent in the theme creating this 
event — "Peace through Understanding" — and thanks 
to the enthusiasm and effort of a group of Argentines 
joined under Comarg and supported unconditionally by 
all the representative authorities in their country, the 
Argentine nation wants to express in simple, modest 
words, but clear and strong ones — we are present. 

We ardently desired to join all the nations of the world 
because it was also a way of demonstrating that we Argen- 
tines are very united. At the present historical moment, 
only a geographical boundary divides nations; the men 
governing the great democracies of the world tend to 
overcome all the barriers separating one country from 
another. The New York World's Fair aspires to this ob- 

jective. They have selected understanding as a means of 
achieving the supreme reality — peace in the whole world. 
Understanding is achieved only through an integral 
knowledge of countries, and in order to get to know 
these countries there is no greater opportunity than the 
one afforded us by the New York World's Fair. We 
Argentines are coming to this Fair resolved to see, to 
analyze, to study, to learn, and to understand all the coun- 
tries represented. But, at the same time, we want to 
demonstrate with pride, with dignity, and with nobility, 
all that we have accomplished up to now — the progress 
and development which we have achieved. 

Our pavilion will display the traditional riches of our 
country — agriculture and cattle raising. We will bring 
the fruits of our rich provinces San Juan and Mendoza, 
the citrus fruit of Salta and the northern provinces, the 
tea and tobacco of Misiones — in effect, all the material 
capacity of the Argentine Republic. But we will also con- 
cern ourselves with everything pertaining to the culture 
of our country. We want people to know us through our 
art, films, sculpture and literature. The National Council 
of Technical Education will show, in our pavilion, how 
the youth of Argentina is educated, and how the tech- 
nicians and scientists are trained to better meet the chal- 
lenges of the modern world. We undoubtedly hope to fill 
all these aspirations of ours with an enthusiasm, a cour- 
age, and a fervor which coalesced the same day we heard 
that the New York World's Fair was being planned. We 

want to demonstrate, on this occasion, what we really 
are — a free country, democratic by conviction, Christian 
by roots and tradition, and lovers of liberty, because we 
believe that liberty is the greatest wealth that countries 
can offer to the whole world. 

Gentlemen, I want you to know that at this very mo- 
ment in our beloved Argentina, through the initiative of 
the Ministers of Industry and Commerce, this same sym- 
bolic event is being enacted, and it is a perfect demon- 
stration of the understanding existing between private 
enterprise and the Argentine Government which is sup- 
porting us in this venture. 

I would like to say many more things, but I am really 
too moved . . . and I am moved because I could not 
visualize this hour when I would be here among you 
expressing all of this to you. It is the fruition of long 
hours, of long struggles, but with God's help we are here 
now and the doors of our pavilion will open on April 
22, 1964. 

I don't want to leave without first thanking all of the 
Fair authorities, their president, Mr. Robert Moses, their 
vice president, Mr. Charles Poletti, and especially the 
Latin American delegate, Mr. Bruce Nicholson, who has 
done so much for us. To all the representatives from 
Argentina, thank you very much, and especially our 
Ambassador, Dr. Alemann, who from the very beginning 
inspired us on to this great endeavor, and to everyone 
here, thank you very much. 

DR. de MENDOZA: Thank you, Dr. Monaco. It is 
now my pleasure and high honor to introduce a dis- 
tinguished Argentine lawyer and diplomat who studied 
Economy at the University of Berne. During his very 
distinguished career, he has been Financial Counselor to 
the Argentine Embassies in London and Washington. 
He has been National Director of Finance and Economic 
Policy of the Argentine Treasury; he has been member 
and head of many economic missions to foreign countries 
and Minister of Economy of Argentina. 

Apart from conferences and articles on economic mat- 
ters, he has written two outstanding books: Economic 
Systems, published in 1953, and Policy of Investments, 
published in 1956. It is my high honor to present the 
Argentine Ambassador, His Excellency, Dr. Roberto T. 

[Ambassador from Argentina to the United States}: 
President Moses, Governor Poletti, Dr. de Mendoza and 
friends. When I came in, driving through these Fair- 
grounds, I had a feeling I was reviewing the picture, 
"How the West Was Won" — that's the way these 
wonderful grounds are looking now. As I know from 
personal knowledge, the ability of the United States in 
building, I'm completely sure that by April of next year 
these grounds will look as we have seen them at Head- 
quarters of the World's Fair. 

I wish to express my personal thanks for this oppor- 

tunity to Governor Poletti and Mr. Nicholson for the 
patience they have had in dealing with our representation 
at this Fair. About a year ago we entered into our first 
agreement and it took quite some time before we reached 
this very point — to start the building. 

This Fair has dealt with a private group of Argentines 
who have had some experience in Seattle representing 
our country in that fair. And these young and driving and 
enthusiastic people from my country, despite all the ob- 
stacles, have gone along and finally succeeded, just in 
time as we always do, to start building this pavilion. And 
I'm sure they will succeed, also, as the whole Fair will be 
the outstanding success of the 1960s in the industrial era 
of this world. 

I want to thank them, too, for the tremendous effort 
they have put forth, because I have the sincere feeling that 
their effort is a symbol of recovery, the definite recovery 
of my country. After the many difficulties we have been 
having over the last years, we are now at the point where 
we are all united and have a single goal of peace through 
understanding — as you do at this Fair. Thank you, very 


HIS EXCELLENCY, DR. ROBERTO T. ALEMANN, Ambassador of Argentina to the United States 
THE HONORABLE LUCIO GARCIA DEL SOLAR, Envoy Extraordinary and Minister 

Plenipotentiary — Deputy Permanent Representative and Charge d' Affaires ad 

interim of Argentina to the United Nations 
THE HONORABLE RAMON CASANOVA, Consul General of Argentina in New York 
MR. HECTOR TASSARA, Economic Counselor of the Embassy of Argentina 



MR. EFRAIM O. SCHMIED, Executive Vice President 





Flushing, N. Y. 11380 

Tel. 212-WF 4-1964 

ROBERT MOSES, President 

THOMAS J. DEEGAN, JR., Chairman of the Executive Committee 

WILLIAM E. POTTER, Executive Vice President 

CHARLES POLETTI, Vice President, International Affairs and Exhibits 

STUART CONSTABLE, Vice President, Operations 

WILLIAM BERNS, Vice President, Communications and Public Relations 

ERWIN WITT, Comptro//er 

MARTIN STONE, Director of Industrial Section 

GUY F. TOZZOLI, (Port of New York Authority) Transportation Section 

ERNESTINE R. HAIG, Secretory of the Corporation and Assistant to the President 

WILLIAM WHIPPLE, JR., Chief Engineer