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MARCH 14, 1963 




Following is a transcription of remarks by Hong 
Kong Pavilion and World's Fair officials at the 
Hong Kong Pavilion roof raising ceremony, 
New York World's Fair, Thursday, March 14, 

[Chief of Protocol] : Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. and Mrs. 
Humes, Governor Poletti, and distinguished guests. Hav- 
ing lived in China for nearly three years, I can tell you 
that we meet here today under a magic name — that of 
Hong Kong. It would be hard to imagine any place in the 

world which conjures up so much romance, such amazing 
commercial development, or such a center of tourism. 
This exhibit will be a symbol of the glamour, the wonder, 
the beauty and the mystery of Hong Kong. 

And I have the honor, ladies and gentlemen, to present 
to you a man who is the Fair, who is its prophet, and who 
for long years has held a high place in the hearts of all 
New Yorkers ; the former governor of our state — the 
Honorable Charles Poletti. 

much. Ambassador Patterson, thank you very much for 
your gracious remarks. Mr. and Mrs. Humes, and friends 
of the Hong Kong Pavilion. We at the World's Fair are 
of course much delighted that we are going to have a 

Cover: The Hong Kong Pavilion, depicted here by Dong Kingman, will be a charming blend of modern design and traditional 
Chinese architecture. Designed by Eldredge Snyder, the building will feature upswept eaves, intense colors, intricate carvings 
and gilded surfaces. Inside, the pavilion will reflect all of the fascination of Hong Kong's finest shopping centers, and will include 
a Chinese restaurant and the Bar of the Dragons. The contractor is E. W. Howell. 

1963 New York World's Fair 1964-1965 Corporation 

Governor Charles Poletti presents Fair medallion to John Humes, president of Hong Kong Trading Company. In background are 
Douglas Beaton, the Fair's International official responsible for negotiating the Hong Kong contract and Mrs. John Humes. 

Hong Kong Pavilion. We are exuberantly delighted that 
we have it so far advanced, with all the steel work set up, 
so that I think while we witness this steel frame we 
should, each of us, commend John Humes for his fore- 
sight and his aggressive spirit in getting the job so far 
advanced this early in 1963. 

I want in this connection also to say a word of praise 
for the construction firm, E. W. Howell. We appreciate 
the splendid contribution that this firm has made. In con- 
nection with this pavilion, I am reminded of the trip Mrs. 
Poletti and I took to Hong Kong and that in turn brings 
vividly to mind a young fellow called Johnny Kao. 
Johnny is the energetic, dynamic and imaginative presi- 
dent of the Hong Kong Trading Company, Inc., which is 
sponsoring this pavilion. He has been working closely 
with Mr. John Humes. On this occasion I think it ap- 
propriate that while Johnny is far away in Hong Kong 
we nonetheless want to pay our respects to him and thank 
him for his assistance and cooperation. 

Hong Kong is doing mighty well without this pavilion. 
I was reading in the Wall Street Journal this morning 
that the number of tourists that are visiting Hong Kong 
has increased greatly in the past two years. Just imagine 
what is going to happen after seventy million people come 
to the World"s Fair in 1964 and 1965 and see this 
astounding pavilion representing the spirit, charm and 
glamour of Hong Kong. John, you'd better tell your 
friends back there to put up a couple more hotels to take 
care of the millions of Americans that undoubtedly will 
want to visit Hong Kong. 

We are also pleased to have a Hong Kong Pavilion 
because all of us who are devoted to the way of life 
exemplified in the free world, necessarily must think of 
Hong Kong as an outpost of freedom — near a vast 
country where freedom has been destroyed. And we hope 
that the torch of freedom that is now burning brightly 
in Hong Kong will someday be extended to cover that 
vast mass of the mainland and the 700 million people 

who so ruthlessly have been deprived of freedom. 

In closing I want to present to John Humes on behalf 
of the president of the New York World's Fair, Mr. 
Robert Moses, and the Executive Committee of the 
World's Fair, a medal which has on it the Unisphere 
and on the other side, the seal of the City of New York, 
because as you know this Fair does commemorate the 
300th anniversary of the founding of New York as a 
city. So John, if you'll step up here I'd like to present this 
to you, and also shake your hand and congratulate you 
and wish you well. And the same congratulations and 
good wishes are extended to your charming wife, Mrs. 

JOHN HUMES: Thank you very much Governor. 

Governor Poletti and John Humes point with pride to the 
well-advanced steel framework for the Hong Kong Pavilion. 
Completion of the exhibit is scheduled for September of 
this year. 

nor Poletti. Now John Humes who has just been presented 
to you by the Governor is, as you know, the chairman of 
the Hong Kong Trading Corporation. He's a philanthro- 
pist and a good citizen. He is a civic worker who has done 
a great deal for the City of New York, and we are proud 
to have him associated with this World's Fair. I'd like to 
present for a bow the charming and talented wife of John 
Humes, who had so much to do toward getting this 
building started. 

JOHN HUMES: Thank you very much, Ambassador 
Patterson. I should like to reciprocate in presenting Gov- 
ernor Poletti a little token of the handicraft and the skills 
of the people of Hong Kong — a small teak and jade 
cigarette box. 

GOVERNOR POLETTI: Thank you very much. I'm 
very grateful. 

JOHN HUMES: This is a very happy day for all of 
us who are connected with the Hong Kong Pavilion at 
the World's Fair. We are celebrating here today the roof 
raising of this pavilion, rather than the groundbreaking, 
because fortunately it has proceeded so well under the 
able direction of the E. W. Howell people. Shortly we 
hope to set off some firecrackers — the traditional way of 
celebrating things in Hong Kong and in China. It is our 
hope that after this building has been completed and the 
exotic Oriental restaurant and bar have been decorated, 
there will be many more occasions when it properly can 
be said that this roof will be raised. 

Those of us who have sponsored the pavilion have been 
very fortunate in securing the exceptional talents of Mr. 
Eldredge Snyder, our architect; in consultation with the 
distinguished internationally renowned artist, Mr. Dong 
Kingman, Mr. Snyder has designed a spectacular and eye- 
catching building which we hope will be one of the 
brightest stars in the lovely firmament of this Fair. I 


should also like to mention with sincerest thanks, our 
deep appreciation to Governor Poletti, and all of the 
members of the World's Fair staff and particularly Mr. 
Douglas Beaton, for the wonderful cooperation and 
efficiency which has marked all of our relations with them. 
It is perhaps appropriate to mention that one of the 
finest restaurants in Hong Kong has signed up with our 
company to operate the restaurant and the bar in this 
building. Among those in Hong Kong who have leased 
space in the pavilion, is an outstanding tailoring concern 
from the Crown Colony, and many other leading mer- 
chants and manufacturers. We have every expectation that 
this pavilion will accurately reflect all of the glamour and 
fascination and the multiple trades and crafts of the great 
Crown Colony of Hong Kong. Thank you very much. 



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JOHN P. HUMES, Chairman of the Board 
JOHN C. Y. KAO, 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, V/ce President, International Affairs and Exhibits 

STUART CONSTABLE, Vice President, Operations 

WILLIAM A. 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