MAY 24, 1 963
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.
transcription of remarks
made by officials
of Missouri and the
World's Fair at the
ceremonies for the Missouri
Pavilion, New York
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
World's Fair Commission
SALUS POPULI SUPREMA LEX ESTO
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.
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
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
GENERAL L. J. SVERDRUP, Chairman JUDGE LUE C. LOZIER, Secretary
HON. THOMAS D. GRAHAM, Vice Chairman SENATOR J. F. PATTERSON, Treasurer
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
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WILLIAM E. POTTER, Executive Vice President
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STUART CONSTABLE, Vice President, Operations
WILLIAM BERNS, Vice President, Communications and Public Relations
ERWIN WITT, Comptroller
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