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DECEMBER 14, 1962 / NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR 1964-1965 





[United States Commissioner for the New York World's 
Fair]: Mr. President, Mr. Mayor, Mr. Moses, ladies and 
gentlemen. This is an important day for the American 
people. We are erecting here more than a building, more 
than an exhibition. The Federal Pavilion will be an ex- 
pression of the American spirit. It will illustrate the 
basic character that has enabled our people to meet past 
challenges. And under the dynamic leadership of Presi- 
dent Kennedy, it ensures our meeting these problems 
which face us now. 

As United States Commissioner, let me add that I have 
a deep appreciation of our mission here. We are certain 
that the monumental structure that is to be raised on this 

site and the exhibits it will contain will provide an un- 
forgettable experience for millions of people from 
all over the world. We hope and expect that the pavil- 
ion will effectively and dramatically portray America's 

The keystone in this gigantic enterprise is himself a 
symbol of a half-century of patient and constructive pub- 
lic service. The president of the World's Fair — the 
Honorable Robert Moses. 

ROBERT MOSES: We are delighted, Mr. President, 
that you have come personally to inaugurate the central 
exhibit of the World's Fair. And thus again to demon- 
strate dramatically your wholehearted support of this 
Olympics of Progress and to help us celebrate the 300th 
anniversary of a great city which has so long been a haven 
of hope and a bastion of freedom to the adventurous and 
oppressed of every land. 

We are in the midst of giant preparations, which to a 
trained eye, represent much more than volcanic disturb- 
ance of the landscape and rude interference with travel. 
Grover Whalen found long ago that it takes a certain 
amount of chaos to make a Fair. Shills as well as shovels 
are needed, and I speak for the shovelers. 

1963 New York World's Fair 1964-1965 Corporation 

U. S. Commissioner Norman K. Winston introduces President Kennedy as New York World's Fair President Robert Moses 
and members of the Fair's executive committee look on. 

The breaking of ground for this pavilion is no childish 
prank. It marks the rising crescendo of construction and 
the beginning of order and harmony. Those who do the 
building are neither phrasemakers nor amateurs. We 
have roamed these United States and literally combed the 
globe for pavilions and exhibits which will reflect the 
achievements of all men in industry, culture, the arts and 
harmless entertainment. We confidently expect more than 
seventy million visitors to an unforgettable pageant. 

We want you to come again in 1964 to open this 
exposition, further emphasizing your leadership in world 
affairs, and your confidence in peaceful assembly and 
healthy rivalry among the nations. Your presence here 
today heartens all of us, toughens our hides, and speeds 
our efforts to a dramatic conclusion. 

May I, in conclusion, present to you this gold medal- 
lion from the directors of the Fair. 

COMMISSIONER WINSTON: The next speaker, so 
well and favorably known to you all, is the chief execu- 
tive of the City of New York. The Honorable Robert F. 

ROBERT WAGNER: Mr. President, Mr. Winston, 
Mr. Moses, ladies and gentlemen. Today we mark an- 
other milestone on the way to the realization of the 

promise of the World's Fair. As New York City is the 
greatest city in the world, we fondly hope and expect 
that this will be the greatest World's Fair ever to be held 
any place, under any flag. 

We of New York City are going to do all we can to 
help make it so, and I know that Bob Moses and his 
great team are dedicated to making it so. Today we dedi- 
cate the Federal Pavilion, the House of America at this 
World's Fair. We are breaking ground for one of the 
most meaningful of all of the exhibits which will be fea- 
tured at this Fair. It is estimated that more than seventy 
million people will pass by here. I trust and hope that all 
of these seventy million will visit the Federal Pavilion. We 
may hope that of those millions, those from abroad will 
be able through this pavilion to understand America bet- 
ter, and that those from America will be enabled to under- 
stand their own country better. 

This Fair will be memorable in the history of this coun- 
try. For many people it will doubtless be the best remem- 
bered feature of the seventh decade of this century. 1964 
will be the 300th anniversary of the yielding of the city 
of New Amsterdam to the beseiging forces of the British 
Duke of York, and the consequent naming of the City of 
New York. In 1964 the World's Fair will mark this 300th 
anniversary and this Federal Pavilion will illuminate the 

road that America travelled from its beginnings to its 
present greatness. 

We are proud indeed to have with us on this occasion 
the great President of the United States. He honors us 
and honors this Fair by joining with us on this occasion. 
We salute him today, as the World's Fair will salute him 
in 1 964. We of New York City welcome you and through 
you, Mr. President, we welcome the Federal exhibit to 
the World's Fairgrounds. We hope that you will bring 
us luck — the luck of the Kennedys and of the United 
States of America. Thank you. 

COMMISSIONER WINSTON: Ladies and gentle- 
men, the President of the United States. 

PRESIDENT KENNEDY: Mr. Mayor, Mr. Winston, 
Mr. Moses, Mr. Screvane, gentlemen — I want to express 
my great appreciation to all of those of you who have 
been connected with this Fair. Mr. Moses, who has been 
working so hard to make it a reality ; Mr. Winston, who 
has been working on the American exhibit; the Mayor, 
who has given it his close sponsorship since it began, and 

all of you, particularly those of you who are building it. 

This is going to be a chance for us in 1964 to show 
seventy million visitors — not only our countrymen 
here in the United States, but people from all over the 
world — what kind of a people we are. What kind of a 
country we have. What our people are like, and what 
we have done with our people. And what has gone in the 
past, and what is coming in the future. 

That is what a world's fair should be about and the 
theme of this World's Fair — Peace through Understand- 
ing — is most appropriate in these years of the 60's. I 
want the people of the world to visit this Fair and all 
the various exhibits of our American industrial companies 
and the foreign companies, who are most welcome, and 
to come to the American exhibit — the exhibit of the 
United States — and see what we have accomplished 
through a system of freedom. 

So we begin today, with this ceremony. We'll begin 
again in April of 1964. And we'll show what we have 
done in the past, and even more important — what 
America is going to be in the future. Thank you. 

Attending the briefing session on arterial highway and exhibitor construction progress are Norman K. Winston, U. S. Com- 
missioner for the Federal Pavilion, Mayor Robert F. Wagner, President Kennedy, a member of the Presidential party, and 
Fair Vice President William Berns. General William Whipple, Jr., chief engineer, briefed the President around a scale model of 
the Fairgrounds which shows new highways and exhibit buildings as they will look when the New York World's Fair opens on 
Wednesday, April 22, 1964. 


NORMAN K. WINSTON, U. S. Commissioner for the U. S. Pavilion 
GEORGE J. ROTHWELL, Deputy U. S. Commissioner for the U. S. Pavilion 

Robert Moses, president of the Fair, 
addresses the crowd gathered at offi- 
cial groundbreaking ceremonies for 
the United States Pavilion. 


Flushing 52, N. Y. Tel. 21 2- 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 A. 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 


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