Texas Pavilions - Press Releases



One man's love for his State, and that State's confidence in

him, is the prime reason that Texas will be represented at the

New York World's Fair.

It sounds incredible that this nation's most boastful State was

not going to be represented in the largest exposition ever

gathered together to show global progress. But it's a fact that

only 14 of our 50 States have individual pavilions and that 6

States have combined for a New England pavilion.

Angus Wynne, Jr. one of Texas' largest real estate developers

and President of the Great Southwest Corporation, was

stunned when he learned that State funds were not available to

construct a Texas exhibit.

Wynne, who had already contracted for 82,000 square feet in

the Lake Amusement Area for the construction of a $4,00,000

theatre, The Music Hall, to house a spectacular salute to

Broadway and its songs called "To Broadway With Love,"

offered to expand the area and personally underwrite the

construction of the Texas Pavilions.

When Governor John Connally accepted the offer, appointed

Wynne to head the Texas exhibit, which, though officially

representing the state, would be carried out under Wynne's



personal sponsorship as a private enterprise, a political storm

broke. Connally, confronted by criticism, scotched all the

scoofers with, "I hope the people of Texas understand that my

purpose is motivated only by a desire to see Texas represented

in the manner in which it should be at a World's Fair. I think

from his (Wynne's) experience at the Six Flags operation (one

of the largest and most successful amusement areas in the

World between Dallas and Fort Worth) and in light of what I

know of his planned operations at the Music Hall, that he has

the judgement and the people to handle the monumental task."

To date Wynne has proven the Governor right. The Texas

Pavilions will be covered, air-conditioned and heated, with

fountains and facilities depicting modern Texas with its

industrial aspects as well as tourist attractions. The exhibit will

show the contrasting elements that give Texas its fascinating

qualities, from the simple beauty of a longhorn steer to the

modern, mechanized complexity of a National Aeronautical

and Space Administration Exhibit.

Wynne claims his interest in presenting Texas as an industrial

state is a self-enlightened one, since the primary operation of

the Great Southwest Corporation is the industrial development

of 5,800 acres, formerly ranch and farm sites, now housing 70

corporations with more than 2,300,000 square feet of building

space. Included in this district are United States Steel,

Anaconda, Container Corporation of America, National Cash

Register, General Foods, Ozalid, Cummins Diesel, Vought

Electronics and Frito-Lay. The industrial district is serviced by

its own private railroad, which connects with the Texas and

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Pacific and Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific major lines.

"Industry," Wynne claims, "is coming to Texas due to the

population explosion in major parts of the country. Texas has

a climate inducive to industrial health and a productive labor

force. Most people think in terms of cattle, not industry, that

is why it is so important to have Texas represented at the

World's Fair.

Wynne, who was commissioned an Ensign in the Naval reserve

in 1940, saw destroyer service in the Atlantic and Pacific and

was discharged in 1945 as a Lieutenant Commander. He

attended Washington and Lee University, was graduated from

the University of Texas and in addition to his Presidency of the

Great Southwest Corporation is Director and President of the

Great Southwest Railroad, Inc., Chairman of the Executive

Committee and director of the Great Southwest Warehouses,

Director of the Dallas Power & Light company and Director of

the Wynnewood State Bank.

Since taking on the sponsorship of his native State's Pavilions

Wynne's investment in the World's Fair has risen to over

$6,000,000. And yet, so certain is he of his state's

attractiveness, so sure is he that his will be a "fun pavilion" that

he never for an instance doubts the fact that his investment will

bring back a profit.



The message Texas wants to get across to the rest of the

world, and will at the New York World's Fair, is that Texas is a

fun place to be.

Randall Duell, who went from architecture to art director of

Metro Goldwyn Mayer and back to architecture, has worked

out the details in his sketches and though a bull will tell the

world that Texas is cattle country, though it will tell the world

that Texas is cattle country with style; it will tell it with a sense

of humor for that Black Angus bull will occupy the boudoir

that Duell first created for Hollywood and the motion picture

"Marie Antoinette".

The Texas Pavilions -- and it is plural -- will be surrounded by

fountains, flowers and trees out in Flushing Meadow, New

York. The $4,000,000 Music Hall Theatre will house a

spectacular salute to the songs that made Broadway musicals

the best in the world called "To Broadway With Love".

George Schaefer, producer of the Hallmark Hall of Fame will

present it and Morta Da Costa -- "Auntie Mame" and "Music

Man" -- stage and screen -- will direct it.

There will be a waterfront scene -- and a shrimp bar to

represent the Gulf Coast; the National Aeronautics and Space

Administration will be represented; there will be a Gateway

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to Mexico with wandering minstrels, there will be a Frontier

Palace with shoot-outs and dancing girls--the kind whose

entertainment thrilled the early pioneers. Everything will be

done to remind you that Texas is not arid but a fun state.

Randall Duell, though the architect, admits that one of the most

important assets in proving this, cannot be put down to his

planning board. "The clean cut young people who'll work in

the Texas Pavilions will be the thing that impresses the people

from all over the world who will visit the World's Fair. We're

flying our hosts and hostesses in--400 college students--and

they will give the world a sample of Texas hospitality. All the

architect and art director can do is provide the setting.

And Duell has had plenty of experience in providing settings.

After years of practicing as an architect in California--he

planned the whole of Catalina Island, built a castle for

William K. Wrigley, designed the Times Building and planned

Boulder City-- he joined MGM as a designer and eventually art

director. Included in his motion picture credits are such screen

triumphs as "Romeo and Juliet", "Random Harvest" and

"Ninotchka". Credit him also with the Screen Directors'

Building in Hollywood, a great many Bel-Air estates and

Pleasure Island in Boston, Freedomland in New York and Six

Flags Over Texas -- the amusement area between Fort Worth

and Dallas, that has proven to be one of the outstanding fun

spots in the world.

Duell believes his years as a set designer sharpened his

architectural imagination; they certainly sharpened his pubic

relations sense for a prize Black Angus bull in a Louis XV

chamber, a chamber sumptuous enough for Marie Antoinette

on celluloid, is certain to get the message that Texas is certainly

a fun place across to the public.



Don't look for the Yellow Rose of Texas in the Texas

Pavilions at the New York World's Fair, for according to

Charles Suddath, director of planting and maintenance of the

Pavilions, the problems of cold winters and long transportation

have virtually ruled out all Texas plant life around the Texas


Landscape architect Suddath reported that there will be 400

trees more than 14 feet tall, 500 rose bushes and 15,000 small

plants on the three acre plot of the Texas Pavilions.

But the roses will be pink -- not yellow; they will not even be

Texas' Tyler roses because bare-root Arizona-grown roses are

hardier in northern climates. Even the pine trees in the area will

be northern white pines, purchased in New York. Though

mesquite trees are typically Texas, they were ruled out because

they rarely tolerate transplanting even in their home state.

Guests visiting the Texas Pavilions will see special exhibit areas

showing the industrial and economic growth of the new Texas.

They will view the six cultures of Texas-Spain, Mexico,

France, the Republic of Texas, the Confederacy and the

United States. They will be able to view the spectacularly lush

musical "To Broadway With Love" produced by George

Schaefer of Hallmark Hall of Fame and directed by Morton Da

Costa who staged "Auntie Mame" and "The Music Man" in

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the sumptuous $4,000,000 Music Hall. They will be able to eat

in any of nine restaurants serving the different foods of Texas

including the Frontier Palace with its shoot-aways and dance

hall entertainers presenting the kind of show that thrilled the old

pioneers. This and more. But they will not be able to see the

Yellow Rose of Texas or any Texas flora.


IS A $4,000,000 THEATRE

Despite a life expectancy of only two years, a $4,000,000

theatre is being completed in Flushing Meadow, New York, to

house "To Broadway With Love," a show that will recreate a

hundred years of American songs as lavishly and spectacularly

as talent, money and the latest in electronic equipment will


Called the Music Hall, situated on 82,000 square feet in the

amusement area adjacent to the Texas Pavilions, it has been

designed for functional perfection backstage and in the


Though it seats 2,600 people, due to its 184 foot wide stage

(3700 square feet larger than the Radio City Music Hall), no

seat will be more than 100 feet from the center of action. The

stage, set 50 feet from the floor, will include three revolving

platforms and 12 electrically controlled pylons. A large,

horseshoe-shaped runway, common in the Old American

music halls, will extend from the stage to encompass the

orchestra pit.

The fact that there is no proscenium, as such, will give the

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    Music Hall all the benefits of theatre-in-the-round, without any

    of the disadvantages. Perfect sight lines from any seat in the

    theatre becomes an actual reality.

    George Schaefer who produced "No Time for Sergeants"

    among a score of Broadway hits, and who is currently

    producer of TV's Hallmark Hall of Fame will produce "To

    Broadway With Love," which will be directed by Morton

    DaCosta, responsible for both the stage and screen versions of

    "Auntie Mame" and "The Music Man."


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