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Cover; The dominant theme of the Pavilion 
of Spain will be Spain's influence in the dis- 
covery, colonization and independence of 
America. The pavilion will feature art gal- 
leries, fashion shows, concerts, three restau- 
rants and a wine cave. Francisco Javier Car- 
vajal Ferrer of Madrid is the architect and 
Kelly and Gruzen of New York are consulting 

Excerpts from transcription of remarks made by 
Spanish and World' s Fair officials at the ground- 
breaking ceremonies for the Pavilion of Spain. 
Hew York. World's Fair. Tuesday. June 18. 1963, 

DR. ROBERTO DE MENDOZA [Deputy Chief of 
Protocol] : Excellencies, Mr. Commissioner General, Mr. 
Moses, Governor Poletti, distinguished guests, ladies and 
gentlemen. We are here this morning for a very impor- 
tant ceremony — the laying of the cornerstone for the 
Pavilion of Spain. This pavilion will bring to Flushing 
Meadow the essence of Spain — its history and culture, 
its achievements and aspirations, its art and folklore, the 
beauty and fascination of its great cities, resorts, hamlets 
and countryside, and above all, the happy, gay, stalwart 
.spirit of its people. 

The first speaker has recently returned with happy 
memories of Spain, which he loves and has visited often. 
It is my pleasure to present Governor Poletti, vice presi- 
dent of International Affairs and Exhibits for the New 
York World's Fair. 

dor, friends. We're getting together for what we believe 


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is a significant purpose: to expand the friendship that we 
of the World's Fair have formed with the Ambassador, 
the Commissioner General, the Consul General and all 
the officials of the Government of Spain , , . to expand that 
friendship into the hearts of millions of Americans. We 
think it important that the American people, especially 
the new generations, learn of the great and unique con- 
tributions that Spain has made through the centuries, con- 
tributions to the civilization of Europe, to our own, to the 
Far East, to the whole world. We trust that this pavilion, 
which will be a handsome and attractive and big one, will 
give the American people a deeper appreciation of the 
tremendous contributions made in the past by Spain, and 
an admiration for its people; and more than that, an 
appreciation of what Spain has achieved in the past two 
decades. Spain has had a stable government, a solid gov- 
ernment, a government that has shown great progress, 
and we Americans are happy to be associated with the 
people of Spain, not only in this World's Fair, but to be 
associated with them in achieving our common desires: 
justice and peace and friendship throughout the world. 

I thank you all for coming here and I know that were 
going to have a very successful Pavilion of Spain. I'm 
delighted to join you all. Thank you. 

DR. DE MENDOZA: Thank you, Governor Poked. 
Our next speaker seems to be an extremely young man to 
have had such a very active and varied career. A member 
of the Spanish Parliament during the last nine years, he 
has lectured on international affairs in the Middle and Far 
East. He is president and cofounder of the International 

Press Club of Spain. He has headed various Spanish 
economic and industrial missions to foreign countries. He 
has twice been a member of the Spanish delegation to the 
United Nations and was Commissioner General for the 
Pavilion of Spain at the Brussels Worlds Fair in 1958. 
I have the pleasure to present The Honorable Miguel 
Garcia De Saez, Commissioner General for the Pavilion 
of Spain at the New York Worlds Fair. 

pleasure for me to be here today at the cornerstone laying 
ceremony for our Spanish Pavilion. I would say that it is 
more than a pleasure — it is a proud feeling of a man who 
has been given the opportunity to devote all his activities, 
his full energy and his enthusiasm to a worthy cause. 

Spain could not have missed the World's Fair. We 
could not miss it for two important reasons. The first 
reason is of a sentimental nature. America is in the heart 
of Spain. The feeling is not new, it comes from the days 
when Spain had a queen named Isabella, who sold her 
jewels, who pledged her own property in order that a 
new world be discovered. Thanks to this queen, in 1492 
three small Spanish ships bringing wealth and civilization 
and culture landed in this wonderful hemisphere. Since 
then we have always viewed with joy every great American 
achievement which serves as an additional proof of the 
magnitude of its people. 

This Fair is one more of these achievements — for this 
one something connected with 1492 had to come to these 
Fairgrounds. I could not think of anything better than to 


His Excellency Antonio Garrigues, Ambassador of Spain. 

speaking at the ceremonies 
for the cornerstone laying 
for the Pavilion of Spain. 

bring from Spain to this pavilion an historical stone, part 
of the colossal monument where the glorious queen is 

The second reason is even more important. Everyone 
knows how deeply emotions are rooted in our Latin hearts. 
In spite of this I say that the second of our reasons to 
attend this Fair is more important than the first and it is 
so because of the impact that the Fair will have on man- 
kind. We could not resist the purpose of the Fair: Peace 
through Understanding. I congratulate the leaders of the 
Fair who have laid down such an inspiring program. When 
we think of the seventy million visitors viewing the most 
outstanding developments in every field and epoch of the 
nations of the world, we are deeply impressed by the 
admirable progress that will be made along the road of 
understanding and, perforce, of peace. 

We are here today for something more than the mere 
laying of a cornerstone for a new pavilion in a new Fair. 
Our ceremony is more significant than this. We are here 
to pledge our support to the leaders of the New York 
World's Fair and to assure them that the Pavilion of 
Spain enthusiastically adheres to its purpose and will be 
devoted to the great cause of promoting understanding 
among the peoples of the world, especially between these 
two great peoples, the Spaniards and the Americans. 
Thank you. 

DR. DE MENDOZA: Thank you, Senor Garcia De 
Saez. Our next speaker also recently returned from Spain 
with very happy memories. I give you The Honorable 
Robert Moses, president of the New York World's Fair 


MR. ROBERT MOSES: Ambassador Garrigues, Com- 
missioner General De Saez, friends. The Government of 
Spain has placed in the hands of exceptionally able, at- 
tractive and enthusiastic representatives the task of plan- 
ning, building and equipping of a pavilion of surpassing 
ingenuity, with superb evidences of Spanish genius, cul- 
ture and enterprise. You speak for a civilization which 
has placed its seal indelibly upon half the people of this 
continent. Here at Flushing Meadow you embrace an op- 
portunity to impress the image of the new Spain upon the 
whole world. Here you will make a profound impression 
of what is at once an old and a new Iberian civilization, 
We extend to you from the Fair the sincere hand of friend- 
ship and our pledge of fullest cooperation, 

DR. DE MENDOZA: Thank you, Mr. Moses. Before 
presenting our next speaker I should like to introduce 
some prominent and very distinguished Spanish visitors 
who are honoring us with their presence today. First, the 
architect for the Pavilion of Spain, Serior Francisco Javier 
Carvajal Ferrer; Senor Manuel Ortuno, executive director 
of the Pavilion of Spain ; Senor Joaquin Gutierrez Cano, a 
director of the World Bank; Senor Fernando Escribano, 
Commercial Attache of the Spanish Embassy ; el Exceien- 
tisimo Senor Jaime de Pinies, Deputy Permanent Repre- 
sentative and Charge d' Affaires ad interim to the United 
Nations; el Excelentisimo Senor Angel San2-Briz, Consul 
General of Spain ; Senor Rafael Heredia, engineer. 

Our next speaker is a very distinguished diplomat and 
renowned attorney. He is former Assistant Attorney Gen- 

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The Honorable Miguel Garcia De Saez, 
Commissioner General of Spain 

His Excellency Antonio Garngues, 
Ambassador of Spain 

Mr. Robert Moses, 
President of the Fair 

Governor Charles Poletti, 

Vice President 
for International Affairs 
and Exhibits at the Fair. 

era! and during World War II was legal advisor to the 
Allied Purchasing Commission in Spain. As a specialist 
in international finance he has represented very important 
foreign banking and investment firms in Spain. He has 
taken a very active and decisive pan in negotiations 
between Spain and the Export-Import Bank, the Interna- 
tional Finance Corporation and the Agency for Interna- 
tional Development. 

At the same time he has found time to become a very 
well-known author and has written many books and ar- 
ticles, published in Spain and abroad, on legal, economic, 
political and financial subjects, It is my high honor to 
introduce the Ambassador of Spain, His Excellency An- 
tonio Garrigues. 

BASSADOR OF SPAIN: President Moses, Governor 
Poletti, distinguished guests and ladies and gentlemen. 
It is for me a great occasion and a great honor to be here 
today with so distinguished a gathering and I thank each 
of you most sincerely for being here. It is a most important 
occasion for Spain, and your very presence reminds us of 
our tremendous responsibility in this Fair. 

I want to express and emphasize, on this occasion, the 
great friendship between our two countries. We Spaniards 
are proud of this friendship and we ask that God grant it 
will always remain and that both countries will always 
strive for the same goals — to defend our civilization, to 
defend our freedom, to defend the values in which both 
countries so deeply believe. 

I know that you look forward to a great Pavilion of 

Spain where a true representation of the very essence of 
our country is to be displayed. You are expecting to see 
and hear those things for which we are best known : our 
works of art, dances which have been handed down from 
generation to generation and our vibrant music. These are 
the words of the universal language that the people of all 
nations understand, and that contribute strongly to a feel- 
ing of friendship among countries. 

I am sure that you are interested not only in our great 
past, but also in our present achievements in the fields 
of economics, agriculture, industry, commerce, social se- 
curity and all the equally important sectors which will be 
on exhibit to show how Spain is keeping pace with the 
modern world. This is what you expect to see and I can 
assure you that you will not be disappointed. 

It is a comforting thing to know that with this great task 
before us, we have the magnificent cooperation of Mr. 
Moses, the Fair's president, of Governor Poletti and of 
every member of the Fair Corporation. The New York 
World's Fair presents an excellent opportunity to work 
towards peace and good will among men and nations. 
Here, through these exhibits, each country can express its 
most salient characteristics and make them known to the 
millions of visitors who will view them. We pledge our- 
selves to do our utmost to make this Fair a success in every 
sense of the word. Thank you. 

DR, DE MENDOZA: Thank you, Mr. Ambassador. 
Ladies and gentlemen, the Ambassador of Spain and Mr. 
Moses will now lay the cornerstone for the Pavilion of 



THE HONORABLE ANGEL SANZ-BRIZ, Consul General of Spain in New York 

THE HONORABLE MIGUEL GARCIA DE SAEZ, Commissioner General of the Pavilion of Spain 

MR. MANUEL ORTUNO, Executive Director of the Pavilion of Spain 

MR. FRANCISCO JAVIER CARVAJAL FERRER, Architect for the Pavilion of Spain 


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ROBERT MOSES, President 

THOMAS J, DEEGAN, JR., Chairman of the Executive Committee 

WILLIAM E. POTTER, Executive Vice President 

CHARLES POLETTl, Vice President, International Affairs and Exhibits 

STUART CONSTABLE, Vice President, Operations 

WILLIAM A. BERNS, Vice President, Communications and Public Relations 

ERWJN 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