Opening Day Ceremonies, Singer Bowl, April
SPEECH OF THE HONORABLE ROBERT MOSES, PRESIDENT OF THE NEW
YORK WORLD'S FAIR 1964-1965 CORPORATION, AT THE OPENING DAY CEREMONIES,
APRIL 22, 1964
"Let me express first our sorrow that the Chief Executive
who inaugurated this Fair is not here to give it his blessing.
Let me offer also our testimony to the universal respect and
affection in which his memory is held, and our prayer that the
Almighty God may protect and strengthen his successor, who is
our chief guest here today.
"The staff of the Fair expresses today deepest thanks
to all who have come here to open the big show. We have done
our best by ingenuity and hard work to implement ambitious slogans
and colorful promises.
"We particularly welcome those who have had faith in
us through early trying days. We invite visitors from every state
and land, solicit their friendship and devoutly hope that in
presenting here this Olympics of Progress we shall draw them
closer together on our shrinking globe, and thus in the end promote
EXCERPTS OF THE SPEECH OF THE HONORABLE NELSON ROCKEFELLER,
GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, OPENING DAY CEREMONIES, APRIL
"I think we all share the feeling as we gather here despite
the rain, despite all the problems that the fabulous Bob Moses
has done it again. He has given our state another tremendous
undertaking for which we can be proud. The culmination of a lifetime
of service to the people of New York, to the people of this country,
to the people of the world. Bob Moses, we salute you and are
grateful to you.
"And I think the completion of this tremendous undertaking
which is going to attract people not only from our own states,
not only throughout the United States but throughout the world
-- that this should have been completed on time; that it should
be ready to receive the visitors who are waiting with bated breath
all over the world to visit here -- is not only a tribute to
Bob Moses and his staff, but is also a great tribute to the distinguished
Mayor of the City of New York, whose cooperation was so essential
in making possible the completion of this great undertaking.
Bob Wagner, Mayor of New York -- and I should like to say to
you ladies and gentlemen, that it has been a privilege indeed
to have been governor of this state during the period of planning
and construction of this great undertaking."
EXCERPTS OF THE SPEECH OF THE HONORABLE LYNDON B. JOHNSON,
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, OPENING DAY CEREMONIES,
APRIL 22, 1964
"I understand that at the close of this Fair, a time
capsule will be placed in the ground. Every possible precaution
has been taken to make sure that it will be opened several thousand
years from now. Special metals have been used. Records of its
location will be stored around the world. They have only neglected
one vital precaution: they do not have an advance commitment
from Robert Moses that when the time finally comes, he will let
them dig it up.
"The Fair represents the most promising of our hopes.
It gathers together from 80 countries the achievements of industry;
the health of nations; the creations of man. This Fair shows
us what man at his most creative and constructive is capable
of doing. But unless we can achieve the theme of this Fair, 'Peace
Through Understanding'; unless we can use our skill and our wisdom
to conquer conflict, as we have conquered science -- then our
hopes of today, these proud achievements, will go under in the
devastation of tomorrow.
"And so I take my leave of what Ogden Nash has called
the Promised Land of Mr. Moses, hoping and trusting that in the
future it will not take anyone forty years to reach it."
(Above) Abebe Bikila, Ethiopia's two-time winner
of the Olympic Marathon, and teammate Mamo Wolde arriving in Singer
Bowl after run from Central Park, with greetings from His Imperial
Majesty, Emperor Haile Selassie, April 21, 1965
(Below) Re-Opening Day Ceremonies, Singer Bowl, April 21, 1965
EXCERPTS OF THE SPEECH OF THE HONORABLE WILLY BRANDT, GOVERNING
MAYOR OF THE CITY OF BERLIN, RE-OPENING DAY CEREMONIES, APRIL
"This occasion, the re-opening of the New York World's
Fair, is a colorful and impressive testimonial to the aspirations
of the human spirit, the human will to achieve difficult goals
that sometimes, and to some people, seem impossible. As a Berliner
I feel particularly happy to be included in these re-opening
ceremonies because my city knows something about what it means
to accomplish the impossible. So we Berliners take our hats off
to New York for bringing together once again such a vast variety
of things and peoples and cultures, of sights and sounds and
experiences. And our industries are proud to have contributed
the Berlin Pavilion to the exciting World's Fair scene.
"Each institution, each state, each nation represented
here hopes that its participation will enlarge people's understanding
of specific areas of human enterprise. And since understanding
is usually accompanied by appreciation and acceptance, this hope
is legitimately shared by commercial institutions as well as
political ones. Indeed, there are times when understandings reached
on a commercial level can be more productive of peace than negotiations
on the political plane."
"In closing, let me say that I deeply appreciate the
honor that President Robert Moses and the World's Fair have accorded
my city in inviting me to speak from this platform along with
distinguished guests and personal friends gathered here. I am
sure they share my earnest wish that the Fair this year will
prove to be a tremendous success of which the great city of New
York can be proud. Thank you all."
EXCERPTS OF THE SPEECH OF THE HONORABLE HUBERT H. HUMPHREY,
VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, RE-OPENING DAY CEREMONIES,
APRIL 21, 1965
"I come here today to represent our country on a most
happy and meaningful occasion, and I bring you the greetings
of the President of the United States.
"A World's Fair in this day and age should above all
underscore the importance of man and his achievements, the importance
of human dignity and its protection. This great World's Fair,
exemplifying progress, can serve as a beacon to remind us that
man can, with God's help and through his own will and continuing
work, build a better life for himself.
"The promise of this nation, entered into many, many
years ago, the promise of life and of liberty and of pursuit
of happiness, is the hallmark of this occasion and it continues
to inspire us now as it did at the time of its enunciation.
"So, if you are a citizen of another country, we extend
to you our hand of fellowship, our hospitality, and we say: 'Welcome.'
If you are an American, we say: 'Travel' - travel in 1965 - and
know better your America, know your neighbors, know the richness
of this great nation in its culture and in its people."
"On behalf of the President of the United States, my
best wishes to all of you and to the success in 1965 of the New
York World's Fair."
SOURCE: NY World's
Fair Corporation Book "For Those Who Produced the Fair"