It is a great pleasure for me to participate
in this groundbreaking ceremony with so many of my own associates
and with so many of the distinguished members of the World's
Fair Corporation. This occasion, too, is an opportunity for me
to salute the gentlemen who designed this structure, and those
who are going to build it. I find it a very dramatic and a very
exciting building, and I consider it fortunate that it is so,
because, under the leadership of Commissioner Moses, this is
going to be a very dramatic and a very exciting Fair.
You are interested in what part the New York
Telephone Company is going to play in it. Our first job is the
operation of this exhibit. We are going to act as host to millions
of people who will come to our Exhibit, and we're looking forward
to showing them the latest developments in communications. This
job is one that I think we're going to enjoy thoroughly.
However, we have another job, one that we're
right in the middle of now -- providing the communications for
the Fair itself. We are determined that this World's Fair is
going to have the best and most modern communications available
anywhere in the world. For example, we are going to have about
10,000 telephones out here, we're going to have about 250,000,000
conductor feet of wire connecting these various telephones; included
in the 10,000 are about 1700 public telephones and they are going
to be the latest design. Perhaps later in the day, you'll see
models of them.
We hope to have "slip-to-shore"
telephone service in connection with the Marina which is over
here toward Flushing Bay, so that anybody who brings a boat in
there and moors it in one of the slips, will have a telephone
right beside their boat and a telephone that will have some special
features on it, including message waiting lights and other features
that ordinary telephones don't have.
We're also going to have a special setup for
security and for emergencies. We're building a special central
office building, a brand new building about a mile away from
the Fair grounds, primarily to serve the Fair grounds. We're
hoping that we can put in an electronic PBX, which is one of
our latest developments, in our own Pavilion. And, as Mr. Kappel
just mentioned, we're going to top the whole thing off with this
microwave radio tower, which will transmit radio and television
from the Fair to the outside world. We think it's going to be
a great Fair and we're going to give it the communications service
that it deserves.
This is certainly a massive undertaking; it
is one which is very important to industry in general, to our
company, to our community and state, and to our Nation. Fortunately,
it is in the very capable hands of Commissioner Moses and his
associates. I think it's going to be a great success and we're
going to do everything in our power to make it so.