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Full text of "1964-65 New York World's Fair Groundbreaking and Dedication Booklets"

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MAY 24, 1 963 




MISSOURI 
PA VI LION 

Groundbreaking at the New York World's Voir 1964-1965 




COVER: The Missouri Pavilion will house exhi- 
bits of the State's culture, industry and tourism as 
well as a display of the latest space craft. A repli- 
ca of Charles Lindbergh's "Spirit of St. Louis" 
will also be featured. Kivett and Myers of Kansas 
City, Missouri, and Mr. Daniel Schwartzman 
of New York City are the architects; the 
designers are The Displayers, Inc. of New York. 






Excerpts from 
transcription of remarks 
made by officials 
of Missouri and the 
World's Fair at the 
groundbreaking 
ceremonies for the Missouri 
Pavilion, New York 
World's Fair, 
Friday, May 24, 1963. 




© 1963 New York World's Foir 1964-1965 Corporation 






AMBASSADOR RICHARD C. PATTERSON, JR. 
[Chief of Protocol]: Governor and Mrs. Dalton, General 
Sverdrup, General and Mrs. Potter, ladies and gentlemen. 
A very happy and significant occasion brings us together 
this morning: the groundbreaking for the Pavilion of the 
State of Missouri. The first speaker has had an exciting 
and impressive career, which confirms once again that ours 
is truly the land of opportunity. He is an inspiring ex- 
ample of how a young foreigner with a touch of greatness 
in his heart can rise to the heights in our country. 

He was born in Norway and came to the U. S. in 1914 ; 
he graduated from Augsburg College in Minneapolis in 
1918, and the University of Minnesota in 1921. In 1928 
he, in partnership with his former professor, was head of 
his own engineering consulting firm. After distinguished 
active service, he emerged from World War II with the 
rank of Major General in the United States Army. He 
has received many military awards from the U. S. and 
foreign countries. He has dedicated his life to civic ac- 
tivities for the welfare of the people and has received 
numerous academic and professional honors for his out- 
standing service in engineering. It is my great privilege 
to present to you General Leif J. Sverdrup, chairman of 
the Missouri New York World's Fair Commission. 



GENERAL LEIF J. SVERDRUP: Thank you, Mr. 
Ambassador. Mrs. Dalton, Governor Dalton, distin- 
guished guests — but above all, fellow Missourians. You 
know, there's one thing that we who come from Missouri 
know: there are fifty great states in the Union, but the 
greatest of them all is Missouri. A great many other states 
were started by Missouri — like Texas, for instance. 
You'll find more Missourians have started that state than 
any other states. 

I have the great fortune of having a wonderful Com- 
mission to work with: five Senators, five members of the 
House and five appointed from outside the legislature. 
They have indeed worked hard and well. I want also to 
say that we are exceedingly fortunate that in our competi- 
tion Kivett and Myers, architects of Kansas City, Missouri, 
were selected. I dare say that not only are we the greatest 
state in the Union, but we'll have the greatest building in 
which to show it. 

I now have the honor and pleasure to introduce a won- 
derful governor whom we all respect very highly, Gov- 
ernor John Dalton of Missouri. 

GOVERNOR JOHN DALTON: General Sverdrup, 
General and Mrs. Potter, Ambassador Patterson and 
other distinguished guests and friends. I appreciate the 






I Pictured here are the members 
of the Missouri 
New York 
World's Fair Commission 



ST. JOSEPH 



HANNIBAL 



JEFFERSON CITY 

SALUS POPULI SUPREMA LEX ESTO 




ST. LOUIS 



Participating in the official 

groundbreaking ceremonies at the Fair site 

are: (left to right) General Leif f. Sverdrup, 

chairman of the Missouri Commission 

to the Fair; Mrs. D alt on; 

Governor John Dalton; Mrs. Potter; 

General Potter, executive vice president 

of the Fair; and Ambassador Richard C. Patterson, Jr., 

Chief of Protocol for the Fair. 



CAPE GIRARDEAU 



SPRINGFIELD 



JOPLIN 



ORIGINALLY CARVED FROM THE LOUISIANA PUR- 
CHASE. MISSOURI WAS THE 24TH STATE TO BE- 
COME PART OF THE UNION. 



kind remarks that General Sverdrup made about me and 
any time that anyone says anything good, I'll admit it. 
We are delighted to be here to break ground for the 
Missouri Pavilion. We are honored to be associated with 
an exposition that will entertain so many people and will 
inform them about the world today. 

In constructing this pavilion Missouri is accepting the 
challenge to show itself as it really is. We are coming to 
the Fair not as a Shepherd of the Hills country, but as a 
great industrial state of the Missouri Valley. Two out of 
three Missourians today are urbanites, and while we still 
love and appreciate the virtues of the Harold Bell Wright 
characters, we are finding it increasingly difficult to pre- 
serve enough of the quaint and rustic to satisfy our tourists 
who expect to see cowboys and Indians. With First in 
Air — First in Space emblazoned on our banner, and the 
Spirit of St. Louis and Friendship VII as supporting evi- 
dence — we shall here reflect the modern Missouri that 
builds space capsules, and the rockets that thrust them 
into orbit, the Missouri of growing research capability and 
improving education, the Missouri that is the crossroads, 
USA, the Missouri of abundant water resources and in- 
viting recreational areas. Missouri is proud that its tax 
and business climate nurtures the seedbed of growth and 




is increasingly aware of its great destiny in a new era. 

General Potter, we consider it a great privilege to be 
here in your state and to be a part of your magnificent 
Fair. We know that you stayed in Missouri for a period of 
time and we claim you because you are a part of all you 
have seen. I have here a Missouri country ham which I 
will present to you as a small token of our appreciation. 
It's a genuine Boone County ham. We want to thank you 
for your great courtesy, the kindness and consideration 
that you have shown to us as we endeavored to get Mis- 
souri's participation in your Fair underway. 

AMBASSADOR PATTERSON: Thank you, Gover- 
nor. Mr. Moses is abroad and in his absence General 
Potter, executive vice president, takes over. This pleasant 
and important ceremony is fittingly studded with gen- 
erals. General Potter has had an outstanding engineering 
career; he has been director of many major construction 
programs, including a billion dollar river control project 
in Missouri, so he knows and loves Missouri. I have the 
great pleasure to introduce General William E. Potter, 
executive vice president of the Fair. 

GENERAL WILLIAM E. POTTER: Ambassador 
Patterson, Governor and Mrs. Dalton. I have dug into 
Boone County hams in the past and I am very appreciative 



of this one.- Thank you very much. 

It was my fortune, in my so-called formative years, to 
come under the aegis, the guidance and sometimes the 
beating over the head that General Sverdrup gave me as 
he attempted to make an engineer and public servant out 
of me. Also helping in that particular task were General 
Pick and his great and good friend Lou Lozier. Since then 
I've come to know your senators, your representatives and 
your citizens. 

After my formative years I came under the aegis of a 
great genius. It was my good fortune to have been able, 
accidentally and through the forces of fate, to come under 
the guidance of Mr. Moses and to be able to help him 
perform one eighth of his job. It's been a great oppor- 
tunity for me and it's a wonderful thing that New York- 
State and this nation have a man like Mr. Moses to con- 
ceive and put together a Fair such as this. 

In his name and in his absence, it is my great honor, 
Governor, to present to you this New York World's Fair 
medallion. General Sverdrup, I would also like to present 
a medallion to you. Thank you very much. 



MISSOURI NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR COMMISSION 

John M. Dalton 
Governor 




OFFICERS 

GENERAL L. J. SVERDRUP, Chairman JUDGE LUE C. LOZIER, Secretary 

HON. THOMAS D. GRAHAM, Vice Chairman SENATOR J. F. PATTERSON, Treasurer 



MEMBERS 

SENATOR ALBERT M. SPRADLING, JR. 
SENATOR OMER H. AVERY 
SENATOR JACK CURTIS 
SENATOR THOMAS G. WOOLSEY 
SENATOR JOHN J. JOHNSON 
HON. THOMAS A. WALSH 
HON. R. J. KING 



HON. DORMAN L. STEELMAN 
HON. J. LUTHER ROBINSON 
HON. V. M. BALTZ 
JAMES M. KEMPER, JR. 
DAVID R. CALHOUN, JR. 
ROBERT M. WHITE, II 



NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR 1964-1965 CORPORATION 



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, Secretory of the Corporation and Assistant to the President 

WILLIAM WHIPPLE, JR., Chief Engineer