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Robert Moses, Fair presi- 
dent, and J. Doyle DeWitt, 
president of The Travelers 
Insurance Companies, raise 
world' s largest umbrella at 
June 21 ceremony. 

Remarks by J. Doyle DeWitt, President, The Travelers 
Insurance Companies, at The Travelers exhibit ground- 
breaking ceremonies, New York World's Fair, Wednes- 
day, June 27, 1962. 

On April 1, 1964 The Travelers Insurance Companies 
will celebrate its 100th Anniversary. In this same month, 
the New York World's Fair will open its gates to mil- 
lions of visitors from all corners of the world. We hope 
that a great many of these people will visit The Travelers 
exhibit which will stand on this site and take away with 
them a deeper understanding of the meaning of insurance 
in their lives. We realize we w r ill be competing for atten- 
tion with some of the most glamorous of the world's 
industries- — communication, transportation, automation. 
We know that there will be sights to dazzle the eye and 
stagger the imagination. But we feel that our story . . . 
which is nothing less than man's developing capacity to 
triumph over the hazards of living . . . has a depth and 
significance completely appropriate to the Fair's great 

theme of man's achievements on a shrinking globe in an 
expanding universe. 

The World's Fair of 1964 will be a showcase of free- 
. and an inspiring symbol of the accomplishment 


of a free society. Insurance is a method by which free 
people protect the values of the present and the future; 
and enable themselves to take necessary risks without suf- 
fering catastrophe. Insurance also provides huge reservoirs 
of capital, through the voluntary savings of millions of 
people, by which the economy of a free nation can grow 
and prosper. 

Our exhibit building will be roofed with a symbolic 
representation of the red umbrella which stands for pro- 
tection through The Travelers. We sincerely hope that for 
those who come within its shelter it will provide inspira- 
tion and enlightenment. For almost a century, The Trav- 
elers has been a partner to the dream and aspirations of 
millions of people. We are proud to be a part of the vision 
which is creating this great World's Fair. And with the 
breaking of ground here today, we dedicate ourselves not 
to a celebration of our past . . . but to our will and deter- 
mination to meet the responsibilities of the future. • 

Remarks by Robert Moses, President, The New York 
World's Fair 1964-1965 Corporation, Wednesday, June 
27, 1962. 

I am a middle of the road man, a pragmatist. I believe 
in public authorities half way between government and 
business with the virtues of both. I believe in the great 
insurance companies which are also middle of the road 
institutions, providing for millions of families, the 
cushion against time and chance which individually and 
separately would be quite beyond them. By the force of 
numbers and the common sharing of risks the great mass 
of people acting together can achieve additional security 
beyond what the government gives them. Travelers cele- 
brates its centenary with the breaking of ground for a 
splendid, imaginative exhibit at the World's Fair. I con- 
gratulate Travelers and am happy to raise its sheltering 
red umbrella at Flushing Meadow. # 

Robert Moses, /. Doyle DeWitt, and Martin Stone, Fair 
director for Industrial Exhibits, view Travelers model. 


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 

STUART CONSTABLE, Vice President, Operations 

CHARLES POLETTI, Vice President, International Affairs and Exhibits 

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

ERWIN WITT, Comptroller 

ERNESTINE R. HAIG, Secretary of the Corporation and 
Assistant to the President 

MARTIN STONE, Director of Industrial Section 

GUY F. TOZZOLI, (Port of New York Authority) Transportation Section 


J. DOYLE DeWITT, President 

MILLARD BARTELS, Chairman, Insurance Executive Committee 

STERLING T- TOOKER, Executive Vice President 



VIRGIL V. ROBY, Vice President 

WILLIAM N. SEERY, Vice President 

ROGER C. W1LKINS, Vice President 

HERBERT J. KRAMER, Director, Public Information and 
Advertising Department