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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 

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. 

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. 

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. 


WILLIAM FARRELL, Commissioner, 
Department of Business Development 
State Capitol, St. Paul, Minnesota 


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