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Excerpts from transcript
of remarks made by officials of the Century Grill and the World's
Fair at groundbreaking ceremonies for the Century Grill, New
York World's Fair, Friday, May 17, 1963.
DR. ROBERTO DE MENDOZA [Deputy
Chief of Protocol]: Mr. Holden, Mr. Constable, distinguished
guests, ladies and gentlemen. This most pleasant occasion bring
us together to break the ground from which will rise the Century
Grill International Exhibit. The first speaker is a graduate
of Brown University, a Commander in the Naval Reserve, who has
had great experience in the varied fields of aviation, publishing
and industry. He was deputy coordinator for the United States
Exhibit at the Brussels Fair and U. S. Deputy Commissioner to
the Seattle Fair. He is now applying his great knowledge and
experience toward promoting the success of the Transportation
Area of our Fair. It is my privilege to introduce Mr. Francis
D. Miller, director of the Transportation section of the New
York World's Fair 1964-1965 Corporation.
MR. FRANCIS D. MILLER: Dr.
De Mendoza, Mr. Holden, distinguished guests. I'm delighted to
participate in this ceremony today to commemorate the very first
restaurant groundbreaking in the entire Fair. I think it is most
appropriate that this distinction should go, as it does, to Mr.
Holden, who has had more activity in World's Fairs than I care
to remember. He has operated restaurants, very successfully,
in virtually every World's Fair since the Chicago Century of
Progress Fair in 1933. In fact, in 1939 right here in the New
York World's Fair, in this Transportation Section, he ran the
Aviation Grill which I well remember.
We've all worked very closely
with him on his plans and we are very confident that this restaurant
will have the same attraction for the public that all his previous
endeavors have had. The Fair, of course, will have a great variety
of restaurants. They will be designed to fit the needs and the
desires and the tastes of all the visitors who come here from
every state in the Union and from virtually every country in
the world. However, this restaurant is unique in that it will
permit the public to sample the delicacies of most of these nations.
Thus it typifies the spirit and the goal of this Fair which,
after all, is to help all of us to learn more about the way in
which our friends abroad and in this country live, eat and dwell
In closing, I'd like to convey
the congratulations of the New York World's Fair Corporation
and the Port of New York Authority's Board of Commissioners to
Mr. Holden and Mr. Ratner, and also my very best wishes to them
for their continued success.
construction worker in the groundbreaking at the Century Grill
are: (left to right) Mr. Joseph R. Holden and Mr. Morrie Ratner
of Century Grill, Mr. Stuart Constable, vice president of Operations
at the Fair, and Mr. Francis D. Miller, director of the Transportation
Section of the Fair.
DR. DE MENDOZA: Thank you,
Mr. Miller. The next speaker, Mr. Holden, knows this Fair site
in Flushing Meadow very well. His participation at this Fair
will be like a second homecoming for he participated in the 1939
New York Fair with enormous success. He is a great expert on
food; for many years he held the post of food supervisor and
food services manager with the Army-Navy-Air Force Exchange Systems.
His Century Grill International promises to be a delight to everyone.
MR. JOSEPH R. HOLDEN: Thank
you, Dr. De Mendoza. Mr. Constable, Mr. Witt, gentlemen of the
Port of New York Authority, Mr. Ratner, my partner, members of
the press, ladies and gentlemen. We are gathered here today to
break ground for the Century Grill International, a restaurant
featuring hamburgers and frankfurters with spices and ingredients
specially prepared by Louis Millani of Los Angeles. I have been
told that we have the honor of being the first restaurant to
break ground in this Fair.
First I would like to thank
you for the cooperation we have received from the officials of
the New York World's Fair 1964-1965 Corporation, and the officials
of the Port of New York Authority, especially Mr. Cornelius Lynch.
It is my firm belief that the 1964-1965 Fair will be by far the
greatest fair that history has ever known. My heartiest thanks
go to Mr. Robert Moses, president of the Fair, who could not
be here for this momentous occasion, for his timeless efforts
and cooperation in planning this Fair. Once again, my thanks
to all of you for attending this groundbreaking ceremony.
DR. DE MENDOZA: Thank you,
Mr. Holden. Our next speaker has dedicated a great part of his
career to the service of the public in the City of New York.
The development and beauty of the parks of the city -- as well
as the development of the city itself, are to a great extent
due to his efforts. He was Acting Commissioner on the New York
City Planning Commission, from 1950 through 1960, and has been
consultant to vital organization including the Jones Beach State
Park Authority and the New York State Power Authority. In 1960
he brought his organizing ability, his wide experience and boundless
energy to our Fair, the greatest Fair in the history of man.
It gives me great pleasure to present Mr. Stuart Constable, vice
president in charge of Operations of the New York World's Fair
"Hamburger International" was featured at the groundbreaking
ceremonies. Mr. Holden, Mr. Ratner, Mr. Constable and Mr. Miller
are shown here holding an oversized sample of one of Century Grill's
tasty menu offerings.
MR. STUART CONSTABLE: Dr.
De Mendoza, Mr. Holden, Mr. Ratner. I'm delighted to be here
today at this groundbreaking for the first restaurant at the
Fair, because I love to eat. I'm sure this restaurant will be
the most popular spot in the Transportation Area. Mr. Holden's
reputation as a purveyor of food is well known. We are delighted
to have him here, and I welcome Mr. Holden and Mr. Ratner and
their restaurant to the Fair. It is my great pleasure now to
present to them the World's Fair medallions. Mr. Holden, Mr.
Ratner, we are sure that you will have great success here, and
you will trap everybody on the waiting line at the Ford Motors
Exhibit and that every last one of them will eat something which
you prepare at this restaurant.