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Oklahoma's exhibit at the New York World's Fair will emphasize the state's water 
development program and the natural beauties of Oklahoma. Focal point of the 
natural outdoor setting will be a large lake, covering almost 10,000 square feet of 
land, with two smaller streams feeding water into the lake over small waterfalls. Na- 
tural plantings and large, shady trees will form a restful setting for almost 70,000,000 
visitors, and a 1 00-foot-long topographic map of the state will tell visually the 
story of Oklahoma's progress in the short years since statehood. 

Excerpts from transcrip- 
tion of remarks made by 
officials of Oklahoma 
and the Fair at dedica- 
tion ceremonies for the 
Pavilion of Oklahoma at 
the New York World's 
Fair. Monday. Sep 
ber 16, 1963. 

1963 New York World s Foir 1964-1965 Corporation 

[Chief of Protocol]: Governor Bellmon, Commissioner 
Hclmerich, Miss Tallchief, General Potter, ladies and 
gentlemen. I have the honor to welcome you to the dedi- 
cation ceremony of the State of Oklahoma Exhibit, which 
promises to be one of the most original and attractive 
exhibits at the Fair. The Commissioners of Oklahoma for 
the New York World's Fair have brilliantly conceived the 
exhibit as a part of Oklahoma transplanted to the Fair in 
the form of a beautiful park. The park will emphasize 
Oklahoma's water development program, and the impor- 
tance of water to the state's future development. 

Our first speaker is General William E. Potter, execu- 
tive vice president of the New York World's Fair 

terson, Governor Bellmon, Miss Tallchief, and all of you 
from Oklahoma. 

This exhibit is an example of civic leadership. The 
chairman of the commission, Mr. Helmerich, has been 
here on his own once or twice; the other commissioners 
have added their brainpower and wisdom to the venture, 
within the funds available, at personal sacrifice. When you 
say that about such a project, you're setting a stage for 

Oklahoma has a great historical past, an historical past 
that is of interest to people all over the world. The pic- 
tures of the land rush, the pictures of your wheat, your 
cattle, and the few little oil wells that you have around 
the state, are pictures that are known world-wide but 

which too few people have seen. But history' is not all of 
a state; a state is its future. 

It is my great pleasure at this time to present medallions 
to Governor Bellmon and to Mr. Walt Helmerich, III, 
chairman of the Oklahoma World's Fair Commission. 
And representing Mr. Dean McGee, member of the 
Oklahoma World's Fair Commission, is Mr. Jack Roach ; 
and representing Mr. K. S. Adams is Mr. Kenneth Rugh. 

Potter. Our next speaker took an important part in the 
conception of the novel and exciting exhibit of Okla- 
homa. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, and of 
the Harvard Business School, he is president of Hel- 
merich and Payne, Inc. Among his many civic services, 
he is active in the Tulsa Psychiatric Clinic and the Okla- 
homa Chapter of Young Presidents; he is a director in 
the National Young Presidents Club. I take great privil- 
ege in presenting Mr. Walt H. Helmerich, III, chairman 
of the Oklahoma World's Fair Commission. 

MR. WALT H. HELMERICH, III. Governor, ladies 
and gentlemen. We are a long way from home, and there 
are some mighty big things in New York; there are some 
fabulous exhibits out here at the Fairgrounds. 

We come from a grand state and I'd like to add that 
we've got a great governor. One of our real strengths, 
though, are the people we have back home, and each and 
every one of you here from the state has been a wonder- 
ful help to Mr. Adams and Mr. McGee and me in the 
small part we played in putting this exhibit together. 

For a long time we've tried to get people from this part 

Shown above, planting the redbud tree at the site of the 
Pavilion of Oklahoma, are Miss Maria Tallchief, General 
William E. Potter, executive vice president of the New York 
World's Fair Corporation, and Governor Henry Bellmon of 

of the country to come down home and see what we have. 
Now we have that opportunity plus some seventy million 
more that will be in New York from all over the world. 
With your continued support we hope to have something 
here that'll bring them down to Oklahoma, many of them 
to visit, but we hope that a lot of them will stay with us 
and live where we all love it. 

We have appreciated the reception we've received, the 
hospitality from these people, and we hope to see you 
again real soon. 

Helmerich. Now it's my great pleasure to introduce the 
first Aggie governor in the history of Oklahoma. He 
received his Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture at 
Oklahoma State University, where he wrote the farm 
column in the student newspaper, and was a member of 
Alpha Zeta, the agricultural honor society. During WWII 
he was executive officer and platoon leader of a tank unit 
in the Marine Corps. He participated in tour battles of 
the Pacific Campaign ; he received the Legion of Merit for 
action in the Saipan invasion and the Silver Star for 
bravery in the Iwo Jima invasion. After serving a long 
term in the State Legislature, he became state chairman 
of the Republican Party, when his friends decided to run 
him for governor. I have the high honor to present the 
Governor of Oklahoma. 

of Oklahoma]: I'm sure I speak for all of us when I tell 
General Potter and our other hosts and guests from this 
area how pleased we are to be in New York. 

I asked General Potter to read the inscription on this 
medallion — it says "Man's achievement in an expanding 
universe;" and on the back, "The 300th Anniversary of 
the Founding of the City of New York." Now General 
I can't look ahead to the 300th anniversary of Oklahoma, 
but I'll bet that we've come further in our first 70 years 
than New York did in its first 70 years. And I'm con- 
fident that the next 230 years will be equally as great so 
far as our state and our nation are concerned. 

I'd like to comment, also, on the fact that I believe this 
is one of the finest groups ever assembled to represent our 
state or any other state. 

The fact that we have participation from a group like 
this, General Potter, almost assures the success of our 
project as far as the construction and conception and the 
operation of the Oklahoma World's Fair Exhibit is con- 
cerned. There are a lot of historical things connected with 
this date but one of them is that 70 years ago today 
marked the opening of the Cherokee Strip. 

Also, the date that the Fair will open next year will 
mark the 75th anniversary of the Oklahoma Land Run of 
1889. So again we'll have a very close historical tie-in 
with the New York World's Fair, and it's one to which 
I believe Oklahomans will attach a great deal of impor- 

When the Congress of the United States admitted 
Oklahoma to statehood on November 16, 1907, we joined 
the other 45 states as a land where a man could still find 
a rare freedom of opportunity. 

Today, just 56 short years later. Oklahoma has com- 

pleted its first half-century and stands at the brink of an 
exciting period. Oklahoma is literally a land where his- 
tory is just beginning. We find it altogether fitting that 
the opening day of the New York World's Fair coincides 
directly with the 75th anniversary of the Oklahoma Land 
Run of 1889. And we dedicate this site and ourselves to 
creating an awareness on the part of the world that will 
result in another run to wide open spaces of Oklahoma in 
the years ahead. 

This is the first time our state has ever undertaken to 
participate in a world's fair exhibit, and I'd like to con- 
gratulate the members of the legislature who are here, 
for the job they did in getting through the legislature an 
appropriation which set the stage for this exhibit, and 
which showed that the full governmental strength of the 
state of Oklahoma is back of this effort. I'd like also to 
compliment the World's Fair Commission, Walt Helm- 
rich, Boots Adams and Dean McGee, for the effort they've 
put forth since they were appointed to this important post. 
Without the leadership which these men ha\e given the 
Oklahoma World's Fair Exhibit, we could never have 
come to this point so soon after they took over this respon- 

Prior to the work done by Walt and the other Commis- 
sion members, a feasibility committee checked carefully 
into the desirability of Oklahoma's participation and cer- 
tainly their work should not go without thanks and with- 
out some thought being given to the fact that they also 
helped lay the foundation for this exhibit. 

We are still a young state; we are proud of our accom- 

plishmenc. We have many of our native sons and daugh- 
ters who have distinguished themselves greatly in many 
fields. We have outstanding Oklahomans in the fields of 
sports, business, industry, agriculture, education, science 
and the arts. 

We have two of those famous Oklahomans present 
here today, and I'd like to stop for a moment and recog- 
nize them and to present to them a medallion which has 
been prepared in their honor. 

First of all, I'd like to call on one of our most famous 
artists from Oklahoma, a young lady who was raised in 
Fairfax and who has become renowned all over the world 
for her performances as a ballerina: Maria Tallchief. 

All of us from Oklahoma are proud always to know 
that one of the most famous and most respected news 
commentators in the business comes from our state, and 
many of you knew him when he was active in the same 
field in Oklahoma, so without any more ado, I'd like to 
ask Frank McGee to come forward and present him with 
this medallion in honor of the work he's done for our 

There has been some brief comment in our state about 
the fact that the concept of our exhibit here does not 
emphasize our — let's call it our cowboy-Indian culture 
in Oklahoma. Now I'd like to say briefly that we're not 
in any way trying to play down this tradition in the state, 
or to ignore it at all, rather we'd like at this time simply 
to concentrate on another aspect of Oklahoma which gen- 
erally has been overlooked in the past. For instance, I 
brought with me this morning two products of Oklahoma 

which some of you here may not even know are made in 
our state. I'd like to present these to General Potter as 
sort of a remembrance of Oklahoma. Last week I had an 
opportunity to go through the Douglas plant in Tulsa, 
and at the conclusion of that day, Mr. Rogan presented 
me with this Delta space vehicle which is manufactured 
almost totally in Oklahoma. 

Now j I was extremely proud to know that in Oklahoma 
we have the know-how and the skills to manufacture such 
a delicate instrument, and also I was proud to find out 
that this rocket is really the work-horse of our space pro- 
gram. This has proved to be the most reliable launch 
vehicle that has been developed up to now. In fact it has 
been used in over 100 successful space launches, with a 
success record of about 93%. 

This, to me, is highly significant and I'd like to point 
out that this vehicle, powered by a Thor rocket, has put 
more hardware into orbit than any other vehicle that has 
been used up to now. Again, a product of Oklahoma, and 
something that I'm sure all of you will be proud of just 
as I am. So, General Potter, let me give this to you for 
your own use. 

I have brought along a model of a jet commander. This 
is an executive-type aircraft being manufactured by the 
Aero Commander Company in northwestern Oklahoma 
City. This is, at least according to the company, and I'll 
have to agree, the finest aircraft of its kind yet developed, 
and again it's a total product of Oklahoma's skills and 
manpower. This plane travels something like 550 miles 
an hour, and it's expected that it will certainly rind a 

ready acceptance in the field of executive travel. So, Gen- 
eral Potter, here again — something of which Oklahoma 
is very proud. 

I do feel that it's high time we in Oklahoma realized 
that we have kept up with the 20th century and I believe 
these two products will do a great deal to show that we 
are very much in step with the progress of our country. 

In conclusion I'd like to say that I believe this exhibit 
will do a great deal to let the whole world know about 
our state. We'd like the world to know that we are a 
friendly, scenic, historic state and I hope that as a result 
of what we do here, a lot of folks will beat a path to 
Oklahoma, and that when they're there they'll find that 
our state, perhaps more than any other, is a place where 
the hospitality of the south blends favorably with the 
vitality of the west. 

We are proud of our heritage ; we are confident of our 
future; and we're glad that we're going to have this 
chance to share Oklahoma's history and future with so 
many visitors at the New York World's Fair. 


Mr. Walt H. Helmerich, III, chairman of the Oklahoma 
World's Fair Commission, speaking at the dedication cere- 
monies at the New York World's Fair. 






WARREN K. JORDAN, Executive Director 



Flushing, N. Y. 11380 
Tel. 212-WF 4--1964- 

ROBERT MOSES, President 

THOMAS J. DEEGAN, JR., Chairmen 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