Thomas J. Deegan, Jr

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World's Fair 1965. View of the Unisphere with world flags

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Jay Nelson Tuck moderates.

Guest is Thomas J. Deegan, Jr., Chairman and President of the New York City World's Fair Corporation. He discusses the proposed 1964 World's Fair.

Panelists include: Jack Parker, Stan Siegel, and Barbara Benmolche.

Deegan explains why New York is especially suited for the World's Fair - as opposed to the other US cities that have filed (Washington D.C. and Los Angeles). Deegan explains that thirty businessmen have joined together, using their own resources, to promote New York City as the location for the World's Fair. No City money will be used. Federal money already earmarked for roads will be used to build out the area around Flushing Meadows. Deegan describes the role of the president in filing a World's Fair proposal with the international World's Fair committee.
Small businessmen also have opportunities to help by emphasizing that the site is already ready - and that New York can accommodateb huge crowds.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 72076
Municipal archives id: LT8861