NOVEMBER 12, 1963
START OF CONSTRUCTION AT THE NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR 1964-1965
"The Wonderful World of
Scouting" will be an exhibit and
demonstration area as well as
headquarters for the Boy Scouts
Service Corps at the Fair. The area
will include a small arena where
scouting groups will stage
demonstrations of their special
talents. The area was designed by
Vollmer Associates — Engineers,
Landscape Architects ; Richard C.
Guthridge, Partner in Charge.
Excerpts from transcription of remarks made by
officials of the Boy Scouts and the Fair at start of
construction ceremonies for the Wonderful
World of Scouting at the Fair, on November 12,
DR. ROBERTO de MENDOZA [Deputy Chief of
Protocol]: Mr. Brunton, Mr. McCabe, Mr. Moses, dis-
tinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. On this site the
Boy Scout Service Corps will have their headquarters
where they will give information, render their services
and give demonstrations of the Boy Scout skills. So this
start of construction ceremony is a very important as well
as a very happy and auspicious occasion.
The ceremony will begin with the pledge of allegiance-
given by Eagle Scout Donald Radcliffe.
EAGLE SCOUT DONALD RADCLIFEE: Please join
with me in the pledge of allegiance. I pledge allegiance
CO the Hag of the United States of America, and to the
Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indi-
visible, with liberty and justice for all.
DR. de MENDOZA: During his long and distin-
guished career of public service, our first speaker, a great
planner for the future, has had very close to his heart the
welfare of the young, and has contributed greatly to pro-
viding for them space for recreation and expansion. He-
has been especially active on behalf of the Boy Scouts*
goals, and the Boy Scouts have honored him "as instru-
mental in the development and planning of the camping
facilities of the Greater New York Councils of Boy
Scouts," which now amounts to more than 16,000 acres
of recreational space. He has also been honored with a
Silver Beaver Award, by the Greater New York Councils
of Boy Scouts. It is my pleasure and privilege to present
the Hon. Robert Moses, president of the New York
World's Fair Corporation.
HON. ROBERT MOSES: Ambassador, Mr. McCabe.
General Davidson, friends. I don't need to tell you that
the Scouts are not merely exhibitors here. They are part
of the machinery and operation of the Fair. They're going
to help us run the Fair. It's the only organization of this
kind that we have invited to do this kind of a job, and
we invited them because we knew they could do it.
The Scout movement has been something that we, in
recreation and park work, have been increasingly de-
lighted with over the years. Boy Scouts and the Girl
Scouts, Boy Scouts particularly, have been a pet organiza-
tion of mine. I've had a kind of a dream that hasn't
worked out yet, it's still a gleam in the eye of a few peo-
ple, that in a time not very far off we could open up die
presently locked-up forest preserve of the State, almost
2^/2 million acres in the Adirondacks — I don't know
what the acreage is in the Catskills, I think 300,000 —
and call upon the Scouts to establish the greatest year-
round recreation area of its kind in the world, certainly
the greatest recreation area in any heavily populated
Our Scouts are going to be a great asset to the Fair.
1964 New York World's Foil 1964-1965 Corporation
We welcome them. We want them here. We've entrusted
them with genuine responsibility and we know that they
will live up to it.
Now I'd like to present the Fair medallion to Mr.
Brunton and Charlie McCabe. It has a symbol of the
Fair, the Unisphere®; and on the other side is the shield
of the City of New York, which is celebrating its 300th
DR. de MENDOZA: Thank you, Mr. Moses. Our next
speaker is a former Scout who has received many awards
for distinguished service to boyhood, including the Silver
Beaver and the Silver Buffalo from the National Council
of the Boy Scouts of America. He has given leadership
to many important Boy Scout projects and has been influ-
ential indeed in obtaining the support of outstanding
leaders in industry, government, sports and other fields,
to the cause of the Boy Scouts of America. I have the
privilege to present Mr. Charles McCabe, chairman of the
board of the Greater New York Councils of Boy Scouts,
and the Boy Scouts World's Fair Committee.
MR. CHARLES B. McCABE [Chairman, Greater
N.Y. Councils of Boy Scouts, and Boy Scouts World's
Fair Committee]: Thank you, Dr. de Mendoza. Mr.
Moses, General Davidson, Mr. Brunton, and distin-
guished guests. The success of the Scouting program since
its inception in the United States nearly 54 years ago,
then as now, depends on the support and dedication given
by the community. This morning we stand at the site of
the Boy Scouts of America Exhibit, a dream made possible
by the vision of Bob Moses and the Fair Corporation.
Robert Moses, president of the Fair,
attending a cook-out marking the start of
construction of the Boy Scout Exhibit
at the New York World's Fair 1964-1965.
Labor and industry have joined together to provide the
hands and materials that will build this Wonderful World
In the two years of the Fair, 1,000,000 Scouts will view
or participate in their exhibit. Untold thousands of boys
will be brought into our program, having had an oppor-
tunity to witness Scouting in action right here. Prime-
forces in our effort have been Harry VanArsdale, presi-
dent of the Central Labor Council and Business Manager
of Local #3, and Nat Chadwick, assistant business man-
ager of Local #3, International Brotherhood of Electrical
Workers Union, who have brought together brother
unions to lend their skills and knowledge in building our
Jim Murphy, vice president of the George A. Fuller
Company, has been instrumental in securing the services
of his company as our general contractor, and has done
much to get the support of many suppliers. The 7- Up
Company has provided our 5S flagpoles which make up
the Avenue of Flags, Colonial Sand and Stone Company,
Inc. has provided the concrete, thanks to Fortunato Pope
and Charles Rizzi. Johnson Electric, Fischbach and Moore.
Eastern States Electric, Lord Electric, Broadway Mainte-
nance, T. F. Jackson Company and Livingston Electric —
are taking care of our electric needs. Owens-Corning will
supply the Fiberglas. Sam Zara of Zara Contracting Com-
pany is taking care of the paving. William J. McCarthy
and Harold Bartos Companies have underwritten the cost
of our lumber. The Empire City Iron Works is providing
the necessary iron; Stanley Horowitz the plumbing and
necessary labor. The Youngdall Company is taking care
of reinforcing in our construction. Wolkow-Braker has
provided roofing; H. Johnson and Son has taken care of
the piling needs. Each of these fine organizations has
earned the heartfelt thanks and appreciation of more than
5,000,000 men and boys currently enrolled in the Boy
Scouts of America. And I thank them in their behalf.
DR. de MENDOZA: Thank you, Mr. McCabe. I
should like now to present some of the high officials of
the World's Fair Corporation present: first, Mr. William
Berns, vice president, Communication and Public Rela-
tions; General Harry F. Myers, director of security and
maintenance; and Mr. William Ottley, director of special
exhibits, who has worked untiringly to make possible this
start of construction.
Our next speaker has been very active in Scouting. After
Shown at the site of the Boy Scout Exhibit are: (left to right)
William Ottley, coordinator for the Fair; Howard Cohen,
Johnson Electric; Charles Koenigsberg, assistant foreman,
Johnson Electric; Richard C. Guthridge, Vollmer Associates;
Peter Sauer, Shell Electric; Tom McCormick, foreman, Johnson
Electric; Ted Neilson, supervisor, Johnson Electric; Tom Van
Arsdale, coordinator for World's Fair Scout cooperation for
Local 3, IBEWU; Nat Chadwick, Labor Local 3; Al Nichols,
activities director, Boy Scouts of America, Greater New York;
Dave Robertson, business agent for Queens and Staten Island
Local 3; and Marsh Ammerman, assistant Chief Scout Execu-
obtaining Eagle Scout rank, he served in numerous volun-
teer capacities. He has long been interested in youth serv-
ices in hard to reach areas, and in international youth
movements. He has attended many international Boy
Scout Conferences and World Jamborees, and he is a
member of the Youth Activities Committee of the People
to People Program as well as an alternate delegate for the
United States Committee to the United Nations. I have
the honor to give you Mr. Joseph A. Brunton, Jr., Chief
Scout Executive of The Boy Scouts of America.
MR. JOSEPH A. BRUNTON [Chief Scout Executive
of the Boy Scouts of America] : Thank you very much,
Dr. de Mendoza. Mr. Moses, Mr. McCabe, General
Davidson, friends. I appreciate very much this oppor-
tunity to bring a few words of greeting to you, and to
extend my personal thanks to all these wonderful people
that Mr. McCabe has named for the cooperation they have
given to us.
Mr. Moses, I was delighted to hear you talk about your
ambitions and hopes for the park system of this great
State. Two years ago the Boy Scouts of America inaugu-
rated a "Campways BSA Program," a program that brings
our older boys into contact with all the state and the
national parks, in a great cooperative effort with our own
camps. In this last year there were more than 500,000
boys who helped build trails in these parks, and helped
to open up roads and mark trees and all that sort of thing.
So I think we are probably prepared to do the thing that
you are suggesting.
I'm very happy that a great interest has come about in
the Scout movement as a result of some of the publicity
we've been able to get across the country, in fact around
the world. As you know, there will be 130 Scouts here
every week, starting in May and running into the fall.
They will come from every part of the nation and from
many parts of the world. This idea of bringing them
from many parts of the country has stimulated tremen-
dous interest on the part of parents, community people
and city fathers. So, I think, under the auspices of Scout-
ing, we will make that million and one attendance that
we have been bragging about.
Just two or three months ago we had the International
Conference at Rhodes in Greece. Here there were iOO
men from 77 Scout nations of the world, and again we
had the opportunity of extending, on behalf of Mr. Moses
and the Park Authority, a cordial invitation for them to
come visit this great World's Fair, I am sure that we will
be well represented from all over the world. It's going
to be a great show, it's going to be a great demonstration
of what America stands for.
I've had the privilege of seeing just about every
World's Fair everywhere in the world for the last thirty
years. As I came out this morning to watch this thing
unfold, I couldn't help but say to myself with a great
bit of pride, where else but in America could such a
spectacle happen? And who else in the world but one
Mr. Robert Moses, could handle such a situation as this?
It's tremendous, and I'm very proud that we in Scouting
have a part in it, and extremely grateful to all of you
who are helping make this possible. Thank you.
WONDERFUL WORLD OF SCOUTING
A COMMUNITY EFFORT BY LABOR AND INDUSTRY
ON BEHALF OF THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
LABOR: NEW YORK CENTRAL LABOR COUNCIL, AFL-CIO
Harry VanArsdale, Jr., President
BUILDING TRADES COUNCIL OF NEW YORK
Peter Brennan, President
LOCAL 3, INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF ELECTRICAL WORKERS UNION
Harry VanArsdale, Jr,, Business Manager
Nat Chadwick, Assistant Business Manager
Thomas VanArsdale, Coordinator for World's Fair Boy Scout cooperation for
Local 3, IBEWU, and other labor and electrical industry cooperators
Scout cooperation for Local 3, IBEWU, and other labor and electrical
INDUSTRY: VOLLMER ASSOCIATES: ENGINEERS, LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS
Richard C. Guthridge, Partner
ANDREWS AND CLARK: GENERAL CONSULTANT
GEORGE A. FULLER COMPANY: GENERAL CONTRACTOR
James F. Murphy, Vice President
Kenneth Borsl, Engineer
THE BARTOS COMPANY
BROADWAY MAINTENANCE CORPORATION
COLONIAL SAND AND STONE COMPANY, INC.
EASTERN STATES ELECTRICAL
EMPIRE CITY IRON WORKS
FISCHBACH AND MOORE, INC.
HOROWITZ BROTHERS, INC.
INGRAM & GREENE, INC.
T. FREDERICK JACKSON, INC.
JOHNSON ELECTRICAL CORPORATION
h. johnson and son, inc.
j. livingston and company
lord electric company, inc.
william j. McCarthy
owens-corning fiberglas corporation
puro filter corporation of america
rizzi contracting corporation
wolkow-braker roofing corporation
c. e. youngdahl and company, inc.
zara contracting company
UNITED STATES ARMY:
U. S. FIRST ARMY
Lt. General Garrison H. Davidson, Commanding General
Majoi General John T. Snodgrass, Post Commander
Colonel John E. Burrows, Deputy Post Commander
Lt. Colonel Thomas W. Locke, Executive Officer
EXHIBIT OF THE BOY SCOUTS
25 West 43 Street, New York, New York 10036
CHARLES B. McCABE, Chairman, New York World's Fair 1964-65 Committee
JOSEPH A. BRUNTON, JR., Chief Scoot Executive, Boy Scouts of America
WILLIAM L. SCOLLAY, Director, Boy Scouts of America Service Corps, New York
Worlds Fair 1964-65
I0Y SCOUTS EXHIBIT AT THE FAIR
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C O R P O R AT I O N
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, Comptroller
MARTIN STONE, Director of Industrial Section
GUY F. TOZZOLI, (Port of New York Authority) Transportation Section
ERNESTINE R. HAIG, Secretary of the Corporation and Assistant to the President
WILLIAM WHIPPLE, JR., Chief Engineer