Robert Moses and Charles Poletti

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American urban planner Robert Moses (1888 - 1981), president of the World's Fair stands in front of the Unisphere monument at the World's Fair site in Flushing, Queens, New York City, 1964.

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Commissioner Robert Moses speaks about plans for the upcoming World's Fair. He speaks specifically about the presence of foreign nations at the Fair. He also talks about how the world has changed since WWII - notably the creation of new nations. Moses speaks very highly of former New York Governor Charles Poletti, who worked on the International Area of the Fair.

Poletti speaks of the excellent staff who have visited many countries to develop the International Area. He states that he believes that more countries will be represented at this fair than at any other international exhibition. He speaks about the goals of the Fair: to learn more about the other people of the world.
He makes reference to countries that are not participating in the Fair because they are members of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE). In the case of some of these nations they will be represented by private companies, essentially serving as a substitution for their governments (countries that did not participate include Canada, Australia, most of the major European nations and the Soviet Union, as well as many countries of Latin America). Poletti states passionately that he believes it is a mistake for these countries to not participate.

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Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

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