Opening of New York World's Fair for 1964

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Crowds make their way to various pavilions on opening day of the 1964-65 New York World's Fair, which was built on the site of the 1939 World's Fair at Flushing Meadow in Queen, April 22, 1964.

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

Introductory speaker explains how the New York World's Fair came to be. (4:00 - 6:00) Host Thomas J. Deegan Jr. (Chairman of the World's Fair corporation's executive committee) introduces Moses.

Moses references the absence of Kennedy, welcomes the audience, encourages the promotion of peace.

Truman speaks about the United Nations building, which he wanted to be built in Missouri.

Wagner talks more about the idea for the fair.

Johnson talks about foreign relations and the Cold War, the impact of this fair on the reputation of the US: "this fair shows us what man at his most creative and constructive is capable of doing."

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 70311
Municipal archives id: T283