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California State Honor Day, June 15, 1962

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California's Gov. and Mrs. Brown enjoy Seattle hospitality
during the Century 21 World's Fair

Gov. and Mrs. Pat Brown at World's Fair, Seattle

exclusive photo from Greater Seattle News Bureau. Photo by Forde Photographers

California Governor Edmund (Pat) Brown and Mrs. Brown seem to be enjoying the World's Fair Trade Dollars presented to them by Leo Weisfield (left). Weisfield is Chairman of Governor Albert D Rosellini's Hospitality Committee. The Browns were in Seattle to celebrate California Honor Day in the Plaza of the States at the World's Fair on June 15.



CALIFORNIA DAY, JUNE 15, 1962, 11:30 AM

This fair is a magnificent achievement.

On behalf of all Californians, I congratulate Governor Rosellini, the State of Washington, and everyone in Seattle who worked so hard to bring it here and create it.

You have done a wonderful job.

And I want to thank all of you for the special honor you are showing California today. We are glad to be here and we will tell everyone in California to come to Seattle to see this fair.

As I flew up here yesterday over the great state of Oregon and your beautiful state, I was impressed once again with a thought I have had before.

There is a great geographical, economic and social unity of the Pacific Coast — a brotherhood and understanding of each other's problems and goals. And this unity is a source of strength and potential wealth which we have not yet begun to exploit.

We share the same historical roots in the westering movement that brought our early settlers to the rich valleys and waterways.

We share the same waters of the Pacific Ocean, linking us economically and culturally to the nations and trading areas of the Pacific world community.

Our forests run together in a chain that represents one of this nation's greatest resources.

We share the same urgent concern for developing and preserving our natural resources — water, land and minerals.

If you will excuse the reference, we even share the same Pacific fog on the rare occasions it makes an appearance on the coast.

And now here in this exposition dedicated to the 21st Century you have dramatized another shared area, one that links all of the world together — the space age.

Here you have brought together the symbols of our times and our future in a synthesis that is at once a beautiful and a daring prediction of the future.

The Space Needle, the five soaring arches, the exhibit halls — all of these point to the challenges and opportunities of the space age with which this generation is just now beginning to grope.

These challenges are enormously varied, complicated and exciting. In every field of science — medicine, physics, chemistry, biology — we see a glimpse of the era when man will be lifted to a new dominance over his physical environment. A world lies ahead free of disease, sickness and poverty.

They are dazzling sights.

And we applaud science, and our astronauts, John Glenn and Scott Carpenter, for their conquests.

Here, visitors from every state in the nation and from many nations of our free society.

Here, they will sense our national unity and purpose, symbolized in the works of our scientists, engineers, architects, artists, writers, and builders.

In creating this exposition of the 21st Century, you have given our country and the world the direction of that unity and purpose in the 20th Century.

It is a view both sobering and inspiring.

Sobering because to achieve the promise of the future, we must find the means for living in peace with nations everywhere.

Inspiring because you have lighted here in this beautiful plaza the torch of unity.

I join you in the prayer that this torch shall burn brightly for world unity and for the peace the world yearns for.


California State Plaque at the Plaza of the States, Seattle, 1962.

The printed information card that was mounted at the base of each state's flag pole.

California State Day Commemorative Cover

A souvenir cover cancelled on California State Honor Day at Century 21.





SEATTLE, June 9 --- The "Golden State" of California will be honored at the Seattle World's Fair June 15. Gov. Edmund G. Brown, his wife and daughter, Kathleen, will be honored guests.

Highlight of California Day will be a ceremony in the Fair's Plaza of the States, in which Brown and Washington Gov. Albert D. Rosellini will participate.

It will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a concert by the University of California Straw Hat Band from Berkeley and the Porterville Union High School Panther Band and Madrigal Singers.

At 11:30, the "California Salute" will begin with Jackie Souders' World's Fair Band in the "World's Fair March" followed by a fanfare. Master-of-ceremonies Bill Sears will open the program. The national anthem will be sung by Paula Bane.

Victor Rosellini, chairman of the day, will welcome the guests and set the stage for a flag-raising ceremony in which the governors of California and Washington will join.

Fifty flags from all the states of the Union will be raised by Seattle Boy Scouts as in the "roll-call of the states." Richard Thomas will narrate a tribute to California and Fair President Joseph E. Gandy will introduce Brown.

After Brown's speech, a patriotic medley will be sung by Miss Bane.

The Porterville Band and the University of California Band will then offer selections to conclude the ceremony. Throughout the afternoon, these musical aggregations will put on shows in the Plaza of the States and the World's Fair Stadium.

Prior to the Plaza of the States ceremony, Brown will conduct a press conference on the Fairgrounds, A lunch in his honor will be held in the Eye of the Needle Restaurant and in the afternoon he and his party will tour the exhibits. A black-tie dinner in Club 21 will close the day's festivities.

The guest list will include Gov. and Mrs. Albert D, Resellini; Mr. and Mrs. Charles O'Brien; Mr. and Mrs. Jack Buby; Mr. and Mrs. Richard Kline; State Rep. and Mrs. Ray Olsen; Mr. and Mrs. Herb Legg; Mr. and Mrs. August Guintoli; State Sen. and Mrs. Howard Bargreen; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Schulman; Mr. and Mrs. Lee Schulman; Mr. and Mrs. Luke Graham; Mr. and Mrs. Frenchy Lucien; Mr. and Mrs. Edward Carlson; Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Gandy; Mr. and Mrs. Leo Weisfield, and Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Torrance.




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Jack got the formal "Edmund G. Brown" signature. Gov. Rosellini's letter was signed "Pat."


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