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MARCH 29, 1963 


Following are excerpts from remarks made by 
Venezuelan and World's Fair officials at the 
groundbreaking ceremony for the Venezuelan 
Pavilion, New York World's Fair, Friday, 
March 29, 1963. 


[Chief of Protocol} : Ladies and gentlemen, we cordially 
welcome you here. First, I am going to call upon Governor 
Charles Poletti who knows the world well, having visited 
about 75 countries. Governor Poletti rose from a Supreme 
Court judge of the State of New York to be governor of 
New York. Prior to that he made a huge success as — 
well, let's call him a Wall Street lawyer, so he earned 
enough money to go into politics. Ladies and gentlemen, 
I give you Governor Poletti. 

Cover: The Venezuelan Pavilion will cover 6,400 sq. ft. of a 20,000 sq. ft. lot and will rise three-and-one-half stories above the 
finished ground level. One of the outstanding highlights of the pavilion will be a basement-night club which will specialize in 
authentic Venezuelan cuisine and feature an array of the country's top entertainment. Design conceived by Edmundo Diquez 
and Oscar Gonzalez. 

H963 New York World's Fair 1964-1965 Corporation 

bassador Patterson, Consul-General Gonzalez and friends 
of Venezuela. I'd like to express enthusiastic appreciation 
to Consul-General Gonzalez for bringing us this magnifi- 
cent sunshine. It is truly reminiscent of the beautiful cli- 
mate we enjoyed in Caracas. 

Ambassador Patterson referred to the fact that I have 
visited many countries. True, but the first opportunity I 
have to revisit Venezuela will be seized upon immediately. 
I came to know Venezuela long before starting New York 
World's Fair activities ; at the time I was practicing law. 

While in Venezuela I met Edmundo Diguez and Oscar 
Gonzalez, the two young architects who won the competi- 
tion for design of this pavilion. I was quite impressed by 
them and happy they found it possible to visit us here at 

the Fair sometime ago. 

We believe that this pavilion will be one of the best 
in the Fair. It will serve to educate some seventy million 
Fair visitors in the traditions, culture, hopes and aspira- 
tions of the Venezuelan people. To the United States, 
Venezuela has a special value and a significant place, and 
we find happiness in the establishment of harmonious 
relationships between our peoples. We wish you success 
in the achievement of this pavilion. May you find that 
many more North Americans will visit Venezuela, that 
your foreign trade will be stimulated and that foreign 
capital investments will be augmented substantially. On 
this day I wish you and your people well. As a memento 
of this auspicious occasion, Mr. Consul-General, I'd like 
to present to you on behalf of Fair President Robert 

Moses and his Executive Committee, this New York 
World's Fair medal. 

AMBASSADOR PATTERSON: Thank you, Governor 
Poletti. I hope that you'll take me along on your next 
trip to Venezuela. 

We are unusually honored today to have with us a dis- 
tinguished Venezuelan diplomat. He understands, as 
few men do, the importance of this World's Fair for the 
economic advancement of all participants. He is a gradu- 
ate of Central University of Venezuela and holds many- 
engineering degrees as well as honors from American 
universities. He has been a congressman, a senator, and 
vice president of the Senate of Venezuela. I'm proud to 
present today, the Consul-General of Venezuela, the 
Honorable Luis Gonzalez. 

GENERAL OF VENEZUELA: Governor Poletti, Am- 
bassador Patterson, ladies and gentlemen. I'm very glad 
that all of you were able to come here today. I think this 
groundbreaking ceremony is symbolic of the progress that 
Venezuela is making the world over. I believe that when 
this pavilion is completed, it will be another demonstra- 
tion of the joint efforts of the Venezuelan Government 
and American capital in cementing friendship and under- 
standing and will create new sources of income for our 

Upon completion this pavilion will show the develop- 
ment of my country within the last few years. You will 
be able to see how revenues derived from oil are used to 
stabilize our economy, promote industrial expansion and 

Dr. Luis Alejandro Gonzalez, Consul-General of Venezuela 
and Governor Charles Poletti, Fair vice president for Inter- 
national Affairs, break ground for the Pavilion of Venezuela. 

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intensify our agricultural production. You will also learn 
of the gains we are making by improving the living stan- 
dards, the education, health, housing and social condi- 
tions of our people. You will learn of our abundant 
hydroelectric power, modern irrigation, highway and com- 
munication systems. This pavilion will become a show- 
case of democracy. It will bear witness to the basic 
philosophy of the Venezuelan Government. Only through 
equitable distribution of national wealth will we be able 
to fight successfully the penetration of communism. 

I congratulate the World's Fair organization for its 
efforts which I know will bear fruit. You will have the 
full cooperation of the Venezuelan Consulate in New 

Governor Poletti presents Fair's official medallion to Vene- 
zuela's Consul-General Dr. Luis Alejandro Gonzalez at 
groundbreaking ceremony. Ambassador Richard C. Patter- 
son, Fair's Chief of Protocol, looks on at right. 


DR. LUIS PEREZ BARRETO, Director of Tourism, Ministry of Development 

HON. LUIS ALEJANDRO GONZALEZ, Consul General of Venezuela in New York 

MR. JUAN ANTONIO LOPEZ DE CEBALLOS, Deputy Consul Genera/ in New York 


STEPHEN LEIGH & ASSOCIATES, INC., New York Architectural Consultant 


Flushing 52, N.Y. 

Tel. 212-WF 4-1964 

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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 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