August 22, 1962 Representatives of the Press Photographers
Association, the Foreign Press Association, the Radio and TV
Reporters Association and the Overseas Press Club were among
the official witnesses of ceremonies held in connection with
the groundbreaking for the Fair's Press Building.
Fair President Robert Moses and
William Berns, vice president in charge of communications and
public relations, wielded the traditional silver shovels along
with William J. Donohue, whose company is responsible for press
and publicity, and Howard Johnson, vice president of Thomas J.
Deegan Company, Inc. Mr. Deegan is chairman of the Fairs executive
committee and of the Deegan Company, consultants to the Fair
for public relations and sales promotion.
Eggers & Higgins are the
architects for the 19,000 square foot structure, scheduled for
completion in February 1963. D Fortunato, Inc. has been awarded
the construction contract.
Housed in one of the most completely
equipped buildings of its kind ever designed, press facilities
will include equipment for immediate transmission of news and
photographs, radio and television offices and accommodation for
all press media. Also included is a press conference room with
elevated platforms to allow for simultaneous interviews by news,
TV, newsreel and photographic representatives. Movable wall partitions
will allow for quick enlargement of the room for special occasions,
and a separate lounge will be installed for working press members.
SOURCE: FAIR NEWS, Vol.
1, No. 4, September 6, 1962