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Excerpts from transcript 
of remarks made by officials 
of the Century Grill and 

the World's Fair 

at groundbreaking ceremonies 
for the Century Grill, 
New York World's Fair, 
Friday, May 17, 1963. 

Cover: Century Grill is an alumnus of the 1939-1940 New York World's Fair. Architects are Wuest and Bailey. 

DR. ROBERTO DE MENDOZA [Deputy Chief of 
Protocol]: Mr. Holden, Mr. Constable, distinguished 
guests, ladies and gentlemen. This most pleasant occasion 
brings us together to break the ground from which will 
rise the Century Grill International Exhibit. The first 
speaker is a graduate of Brown University, a Commander 
in the Naval Reserve, who has had great experience in 
the varied fields of aviation, publishing and industry. He 
was deputy coordinator for the United States Exhibit at 
the Brussels Fair and U. S. Deputy Commissioner to the 
Seattle Fair. He is now applying his great knowledge and 
experience toward promoting the success of the Trans- 
portation Area of our Fair. It is my privilege to introduce 
Mr. Francis D. Miller, director of the Transportation 
Section of the New York World's Fair 1964-1965 Cor- 

MR. FRANCIS D. MILLER: Dr. De Mendoza, Mr. 
Holden, distinguished guests. I'm delighted to participate 
in this ceremony today to commemorate the very first 
restaurant groundbreaking in the entire Fair. I think it 
most appropriate that this distinction should go, as it does, 
to Mr. Holden, who has had more activity in World's 
Fairs than I care to remember. He has operated restau- 
rants, very successfully, in virtually every World's Fair 

since the Chicago Century of Progress Fair in 1933- In 
fact, in 1939 right here at the New York World's Fair, 
in this Transportation Section, he ran the Aviation Grill 
which I well remember. 

We've all worked very closely with him on his plans 
and we are very confident that this restaurant will have 
the same attraction for the public that all his previous 
endeavors have had. The Fair, of course, will have a great 
variety of restaurants. They will be designed to fit the 
needs and the desires and the tastes of all the visitors who 
come here from every srate in the Union and from vir- 
tually every country in the world. However, this restaurant 
is unique in that it will permit the public to sample the 
delicacies of most of these nations. Thus it typifies the 
spirit and the goal of this Fair which, after all, is to help 
all of us to learn more about the way in which our friends 
abroad and in this country live, eat and dwell together. 

In closing, I'd like to convey the congratulations of the 
New York World's Fair Corporation and of the Port of 
New York Authority's Board of Commissioners to Mr. 
Holden and Mr. Ratner, and also my very best wishes to 
them for their continued success. 

DR. DE MENDOZA: Thank you, Mr. Miller. The 
next speaker, Mr. Holden, knows this Fair site in Flush- 

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ing Meadow very well. His participation at this Fair will 
be like a second homecoming for he participated in the 
1939 New York Fair with enormous success. He is a great 
expert on food ; for many years he held the post of food 
supervisor and food services manager with the Army- 
Navy-Air Force Exchange Systems. His Century Grill 
International promises to be a delight to everyone. Mr. 

MR. JOSEPH R. HOLDEN: Thank you, Dr. De Men- 
doza. Mr. Constable, Mr. Witt, gentlemen of the Port of 
New York Authority, Mr. Ratner, my partner, members 
of the press, ladies and gentlemen. We are gathered here 
today to break ground for the Century Grill International, 
a restaurant featuring hamburgers and frankfurters with 
spices and ingredients specially prepared by Louis Millani 
of Los Angeles. I have been told that we have the honor 
of being the first restaurant to break ground in this Fair. 

Assisting the construction worker in the groundbreaking 
of the Century Grill are: (left to right) Mr. Joseph R. 
Holden and Mr. Morrie Ratner of Century Grill, Mr. 
Stuart Constable, vice president of Operations at the 
Fair, and Mr. Francis D. Miller, director of the Trans- 
portation Section of the Fair. 

First I would like to thank you for the cooperation we 
have received from the officials of the New York World's 
Fair 1964-1965 Corporation, and the officials of the Port 
of New York Authority, especially Mr. Cornelius Lynch. 
It is my firm belief that the 1964-1965 Fair will be by 
far the greatest fair that history has ever known. My 
heartiest thanks go to Mr. Robert Moses, president of the 
Fair, who could not be here for this momentous occasion, 
for his timeless efforts and cooperation in planning this 
Fair. Once again, my thanks to all of you for attending 
this groundbreaking ceremony. 

DR. DE MENDOZA: Thank you, Mr. Holden. Our 
next speaker has dedicated a great part of his career to the 
service of the public in the City of New York. The de- 
velopment and beauty of the parks of the city — as well 
as the development of the city itself, are to a great extent 
due to his efforts. He was Acting Commissioner on the 
New York City Planning Commission, from 1950 through 
I960, and has been consultant to vital organizations in- 
cluding the Jones Beach State Park Authority and 
the New York State Power Authority. In I960 he brought 
his organizing ability, his wide experience and boundless 
energy to our Fair, the greatest Fair in the history of man. 
It gives me great pleasure to present Mr. Stuart Constable, 



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vice president in charge of Operations of the New York 
World's Fair 1964-1965 Corporation. 

MR. STUART CONSTABLE: Dr. De Mendoza, Mr. 
Holden, Morrie Ratner. I'm delighted to be here today at 
this groundbreaking for the first restaurant at the Fair, 
because I love to eat. I'm sure this restaurant will be the 
most popular spot in the Transportation Area. Mr. 
Holden 's reputation as a purveyor of" food is well known. 
We are delighted to have him here, and I welcome Mr. 
Holden and Mr. Ratner and their restaurant to the Fair. 
It is my great pleasure now to present to them the World's 
Fair medallions. Mr. Holden, Mr. Ratner, we are sure 
that you will have great success here, and you will trap 
everybody on the waiting line at the Ford Motors Exhibit 
and that every last one of them will eat something which 
you prepare at this restaurant. 

Century Grill's "Hamburger International" was featured 
at the groundbreaking ceremonies. Mr. Holden, Mr. 
Ratner, Mr. Constable and Mr. Miller are shown here 
holding an oversized sample of one of Century Grill's 
tasty menu offerings. 


will occupy 

a 14,351 sq. ft. site in 

the Transportation Area. 


J. R. HOLDEN, President 
MARTHA HOLDEN, Wee President 


Flushing 52, N.Y. 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