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MARCH 29, 1963
GROUNDBREAKING AT THE NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR
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.
AMBASSADOR RICHARD C. PATTERSON, JR.
[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
GOVERNOR CHARLES POLETTI: Thank you. Am-
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.
DR. LUIS ALEJANDRO GONZALEZ, CONSUL-
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.
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.
THE PAVILION OF VENEZUELA
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
MESSRS. EDMUNDO DIQUEZ and OSCAR GONZALEZ, Architects
STEPHEN LEIGH & ASSOCIATES, INC., New York Architectural Consultant
NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR 1964-1965
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