THE MINNESOTA PAVILION
APRIL 22, 19B3
GROUNDBREAKING AT THE NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR 1964-1965
cpts from transcription of remarks by
Minnesota and World's Fair officials at the
groundbreaking ceremonies for the Pavilion of
Minnesota, New York World's Fair, Monday,
April 22, 196V
RICHARD C. PATTERSON, JR. [Chief of Pro-
tocol]: We are here today to take part in a thrilling
groundbreaking ceremony, the pavilion which will rise
as a symbol of the great state of Minnesota. Before intro-
ducing the first speaker, I should like to present for a
bow several men who have been working on this exhibit
for some time: Mr. James M. Kaufman, president of
North Star World's Fair Corporation , Mr. James Dresser,
the designer of this building; Mr. Marshall Lang, in
charge of construction; Mr. Russell Bennett, the legal
counsel of North Star World's Fair Corporation ; and
Mr. William Farrell, Minnesota Commissioner ot the
Dcpartment of Business Development,
On this important and happy occasion, ladies and
gentlemen, it is a pleasure to introduce a West Point gen-
eral who holds the Bronze Star, the Legion of Merit, the
Distinguished Service Medal, the Croix de Guerre, and
many other decorations from foreign countries. He has
brought to the World's Fair Corporation and to Minne-
sota his great experience in major construction programs
concerned with the vast civic works program of the Corps
of linginecrs, and ai the time of his retirement in July
I960 was governor of the Canal Zone d\)i\ president o\'
the Panama Canal Company. I have the high honor to
present Major General William E. Potter.
MAJOR GENERAL WILLIAM E. POTTF.R: Mr.
Ambassador, Mr. Moses, Congressman Blatnik. This is
really a thrill for me because four important years of my
life were spent in the Missouri Basin. During that time
I met Mr. Ulrie Gwynn, who was then executive diri
of the Chamber of Commerce in Minot, North Dakota.
and one year later was executive director oi the Chamber
of Commerce in Aberdeen, South Dakota. He is now ex-
ecutive director of the North Star World's Fair Corpora-
tion. I now present Mr. Ulric Gwynn.
MR. ULRIC GWYNN: Thank you General Potter.
Mr. Moses, Congressman Blatnik. ladies and gentlemen.
Cover: Rendering of geo-dynamic Minnesota Pavilion. The 80-foot high air inflated dome will be made of two layers of clear
plastic. It will house the state exhibit, industrial displays, a restaurant and meeting room. Two lakes and a wild life area will be
constructed outside the main structure. Project designer, James Dresser and Associates.
(£) 1963 New York Worlds Fair 1964- 1965 Corporation
It is a very distinct pleasure for me as the executive vice
president of" North Star World's Fair Corporation to
come to New York and to participate in the New York
World's Fair. We are very proud of the North Star
World's Fair Corporation, and particularly proud of the
state of Minnesota and its objectives.
The North Star World's Fair Corporation is a very
unusual corporation, established by an executive order of
the governor, which brought about a marriage of busi
ness and industry with government, to promote business
development. The main objective ot' the state of Minne-
sota is to bring about an image, from the New York
World's Fair to the world, of Minnesota's part in space
— space within its borders as a place CO work, as a plate
to live, as a place to play, as a place to develop one's
education, religion and culture.
We are particularly proud ot~ Minnesota's part in the
race for space in man's mind - - his brain power. Its Lilli
heis and its Mayos in the field of medicine, its Sinclair
Lewis's in the field of literature, its Charles Lindberghs
in the field of aviation.
Minnesota's brain powei will be a leader in this
World's Lair. And so we are very happy that our delega-
tion headed by our Congressman John Blatnik could be
here today to break ground for the pavilion which will
sent this brain power.
GENERAL POTTER: Now I should like to present
Mr. R. W. Gibson, a vice president of the Toro Company,
a firm which saw in this exhibit an opportunity to do a
civic job for the state that has made it a great firm. Mr.
MR. R. W. GIBSON: Thank you General Potter. Mr.
Moses, Congressman Blatnik. Toro is privileged to par-
ticipate at the World's Fair — we were honored to par-
t in pate at Brussels two years ago, in Seattle last year —
we are delighted to be a part of the Minnesota Pavilion
next year. We wish the World's Fair great luck and suc-
cess. Thank you.
GENERAL POTTER: In the middle 1940s a fresh-
in m congressman came to the Congress, and at the same
rune .! freshman lobbyist came to Washington. The
lobbyist was myself and it was my job to lobby the
icssman. I don't know whether this worked our;
I only lasted a year .ind a halt after that, but he's been
there evei since, it's been one of my great joys to have
lor a friend Congressman John Blatnik.
CONGRESSMAN JOHN BLATNIK: Thank you
verj dear friend General Potter. And a hearty welcome
and greetings to an eminent public servant, Mr. Robert
Moses — a man whom I have come to know well. I am
privileged not only to know him as one of the finest men
ome to know, but as an outstanding American, a man
of many titles for many years, a man of incredible energy,
unlimited ideas, who has gone further beyond the call of
duty in service of his fellow citizens not only in your great
Empire State of New York, but in his country. I am
pleased, honored and privileged to be here today.
bellow Minnesotans and distinguished guests, and
friends. It is a pleasure and more than that a great privi-
lege to be here on this very important occasion, on this
anniversary — year minus one, of the great Fair ot '6 I
and '65 in New York. I speak in the name of Governor
Karl Rolvaag and in behalf of the people of Minnesota,
the residents of the North Star State.
We are pleased to contribute modest, but we think,
very striking exhibits in behalf of the state of Minnesota
in a fine and unusual pavilion. And I congratulate my
Minnesota colleagues and friends for their creativeness
and ingenuity in setting up such a striking exhibit. I am
sure they will be justly and truly proud of it.
The Minnesota heritage is an old and a great one. It
goes back over 300 years when the colorful and robust
Frenchman Paul de Voygiers paddled by canoe up the
greai St. Lawrence Throughwa\, across the Great Lakes
and up to what is now the city of Duluth.
Much more recently, less than 100 years ago, ^ame the
swashbuckling trappers, epitomized by the most glamor-
ous of them all, a legend known as Paul Bunyan. Then
followed the homesteader, the farmer, and the miner. We
got men and resources together, then we settled more
permanently and developed more extensively. Home-
steader and farmer marrying the plow and the black soil
in the great valley and lovely farmlands of Minn
gave us the breadbasket of America.
Our iron ores supplied the vast furnaces of America
for the past three quarters of a century. All these gave us
the priceless heritage of the dynamic North Star Stare ol
But if Minnesota is a land of many portions, and a land
of resources and lakes, it is also a land ol many people.
Out of Europe came the Swede, the Norwegian, the Irish,
[he English, the 1 inn, the German, the Slav, the Italian
and the Greek, to form a new spirit symbolized by the
inscription on the Minnesota State House of Representa-
tives, which I quote: "The trail of the pioneer bore the
footprints ol liberty." In the wools of the distinguished
ssor and man of letters, the late Foley Rolvaag,
i ol our present Governor Karl Rolvaag, these men
and tins: resources Were truly giants in the earth.
And from the combination of these talents and these
resources, human and natural, we have built up indus-
trial, scientific, cultural, educational ^tid medical corn
plexes which have been so aptly and perhaps niodestl\
— although proudly — mentioned by our executive \ ice
president Mr. Gwynn. The Twin Cities of Minneapolis
and St. Paul rank fifth in the age of electronics. We are-
proud of men such as Bob Gibson, Mr. Dresser, the Toro
So with this priceless heritage in our people and our
resources, this ethnic cross roads, this land of the wilder-
ness, the country of the voyageurs which is 10,000 lakes,
this is our North Star State, our beloved state of Minne-
sota We are pleased to be here, and we thank you.
RICHARD PATTERSON: Well ladies and gentle-
men, I think the congressman should be elected a hie
president of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. He's
Receiving World's Fair medallions from Mr. Moses are: (left to right) Mr. Moses, Representative John Blatnik, Mr. James M.
Kaufman, Mr. Ulric Gwynn, Mr. R. W. Gibson.
Representative John Blatnik presents Mr. Moses with a sam-
ple Minnesota pine tree. Left to right are Mr. R. W. Gibson,
Mr. Robert Moses, Representative Blatnik and Major Gen-
eral W. E. Potter.
magnificent. I now have the honor to introduce a great
man who has dedicated his life to public service. I know
of no other person in this country whose record of civic
improvements can compete with the next speaker. I have
the high honor of giving you the president of the New
York World's Fair, the Honorable Robert Moses.
MR. ROBERT MOSES: Thank you Dick. One of my
very pleasant duties over the recent years has been to be
associated with some of the top people in Congress and
there's nobody in Congress for whom we in New York
have more respect than Mr. Blatnik. We've seen him in
a number of capacities, mostly in connection with public
works, and i want to say this — it's always been a sort
of mystery to me, how we've been able to carry through
the great programs involving the cooperation of the
national, state and municipal governments, and very often
public authorities, and quasi-public civic agencies.
In the highway program, for example, in which Mr.
Blatnik has been a very prominent factor, this great
arterial metropolitan system which is being built very
largely with federal funds, the mam arteries on the so-
called 90 and 10 basis, some of the less important
thoroughfares on a 50-50 basis, with the municipalities
contributing practically nothing, the states 10 percent or
50 percent — we haven't had any trouble here in New
York or in New Jersey — with the federal government.
They have set the standard, they have decided on the
big things that are matters of policy, they kept out of
politics, they kept out of dictating just how things shall
be done, they have respected state's rights, and home
rule. I can't say that's always been true of the states.
I can't say it's always been true of our municipality. It is
a remarkable thing that this great state highway program
has been carried through in the spirit in which it was
initiated. And that is due to people like Congressman
Blatnik who has been able to distinguish between the
important things, the things that justify spending federal
money, and the unimportant ones.
We are very happy to have Minnesota here. It seems
a long way off, but the Congressman and others have
mentioned the fact that actually New York reaches back
through the St. Lawrence and the Niagara, and the Great
Lakes, all the way into Minnesota.
I had some little part in the power development, the
seaway developments; we saw Mr. Blatnik in that capac-
ity also, and we got the feeling after a while that this
water that came all the way from the Great Lakes, through
the Niagara and the St. Lawrence, really drew us very
close together. And we do feel close to Minnesota — and
these other states that may superficially and in mileage
seem far away.
Now you have a unique design, a most interesting
design, a most interesting idea back of it. I think this is
going to be one of our star exhibits here, and we are all
delighted with it, and we thank you for coming here, and
we hope you will not only come here for the ground-
breaking, but will visit the New York area and specifically
the Lair very often.
James R. Dresser, project designer, explains construction of
Minnesota Pavilion to Mr. William Farrell, Mr. Robert Moses
and Representative Blatnik.
STATE OF MINNESOTA
KARL ROLVAAG, Governor
WILLIAM FARRELL, Commissioner,
Department of Business Development
State Capitol, St. Paul, Minnesota
NORTH STAR WORLD'S FAIR CORPORATION
JAMES KAUFMAN, President
ULRIC GWYNN, Executive Vice President
Suite 169, North Star Center,
Minneapolis 2, Minnesota
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