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New York State Honor Day, May 10, 1962

Washington State Flag Plaza of the States Fire Font of Unity New York State Flag


New York's Gov. Rockefeller Visits Seattle World's Fair on May 10

Gov Al Rosellini, Gov. Rockefeller, Jack Gordon

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New York's Gov. Rockefeller takes lessons on torch lighting from Host Governor Albert D. Rosellini and Jack Gordon at the Seattle World's Fair

Washington Governor Albert  Rosellini (left) and Plaza of the States Coordinator Jack Gordon (right) assist New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller to light the flame for New York Day at the Seattle World's Fair.  Rockefeller and the other New York State visitors were feted on May 10 along with U.S. Vice President Johnson and Astronaut John Glenn. The day ended with a state dinner at Club 21 seen in the background of this photo.



NY Gov Rockefeller (center) welcomed by Seattle Mayor Gordon Clinton (Left) and Hospitality Chairman Leo Weisfeld.

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Governor Nelson Rockefeller, of New York, (center) received a warm handshake from Seattle Mayor Gordon S. Clinton (left) upon the former's arrival in Seattle to celebrate New York Honor Day in the Plaza of the States at the Seattle World's Fair, May 10. At the right is Leo Weisfield, Chairman of Governor Albert D. Rosellini's Hospitality Committee.


letter from Nelson Rockefeller to Jack Gordon thanking for script.

New York Gov. Rockefeller thanked Jack for the photos of New York Day that he was sent.


Weisfeld presents Rockefeller with World's Fair Trade Dollars

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Leo Weisfeld (right), the Fair's Hospitality Chairman, presents New York Governor Rockefeller with a commemorative set of World's Fair Trade Dollars.


Catholic Bishop Thomas Gill of Seattle giving the Invocation at New York State Day

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REPRESENTATIVES of all faiths participate in the State Honor Day programs at the Plaza of the States, Seattle World's Fair. Here delivering an invocation is the Most Rev. Thomas Gill, Auxiliary Bishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle.

Acceptance from Bishop Gill for New York Day.

Ahhh. The olden times, when you had to count the characters you wanted on a line, divide by two and start in the right place. An acceptance from Seattle's Bishop Gill.


Governor's office seal


New York State is a state of variety. Huge skyscrapers form the skyline of New York City. Yet a few miles up the broad Hudson River, mountain forests still have the wild beauty of the pioneer days.

Past the Statue of Liberty in New York Bay steam the many ships that make New York City the world's busiest seaport.

Although "New York" to many people means New York City, the state has about 20 other important industrial centers, which together make it the leading state in manufacturing. The energy of its people has also made New York State leader of the nation in theatre, music, television, publishing and finance.

New York is a land of fertile river valleys, forested hills and beautiful lakes. Farmers in the valleys of the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers, and in other regions, raise cattle, poultry, fruits and vegetables.

"NOW, THEREFORE, I, Albert D. Rosellini, Governor of the State of Washington, do hereby designate May 10, 1962, as


and urge the people of the State of Washington to extend our traditional warm hospitality to our many friends from the 'Lone Star State' at the Seattle World's Fair.

"G O V E R N O R"

Al to Nelson: We Did it!

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New York's Gov. Rockefeller and Host Governor Albert D. Rosellini congratulate each other on a "Job Well Done" after lighting the Plaza's Torch.

Pleased, I'm Sure. . .

Acceptance letter from Mayor Clinton.

Seattle Mayor Clinton was "pleased to take part." I left this whole piece of stationary up since Seattle was proud to be the site for the Fair.


Acceptance letter from Seattle Pacific College President.

Seattle Pacific College's President Demaray was "pleased to reply."


Acceptance letter from Wash. State Senator Riley.

Finally, we have State Senator E. F. "Ed" Riley, who was "pleased to accept".


The Seattle Times, May 11, 1962

World's Fair Fetes Sen. Magnuson

dignitaries at World's Fair honoring Sen. Magnuson

--Seattle Times photo

'MAGGIE'S DAY,' TOO: Senator Warren G. Magnuson was honored at the World's Fair yesterday. A plaque citing his role in the advancement of science was dedicated in the Plaza of the States. From left--Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, Magnuson, Edward E. Carlson, State World's Fair Commission chairman; Alfred R. Rochester, commission executive director; Joseph E. Gandy, fair president; Governor Rosellini and Lieut. Col. John H. Glenn, Jr., the astronaut.

The Seattle Times, May 10, 1962

N.Y. Governor Welcomed

picture of Mayor Clinton, Gov. Rockefeller, Gov. Rosellini

--Times photo by George Carkonen

GOING PLACES: Governor Rockefeller walked between Mayor Clinton and Governor Rosellini leaving the Olympic Hotel for the World's Fair this morning.

New York State Honor Day Commemorative Cover

The State of New York was honored by the World's Fair Post Office on their State Day.

The Seattle Times, May 11, 1962

U.W. Students Greet Governor Rockefeller

UW Students Greet Rockefeller at Meany Hall

--Times photo by George Carkonen

GLAD HANDS: Gov. Nelson Rockefeller of New York paused for a round of hand-shaking yesterday as he left Meany Hall at the University of Washington, where he addressed an overflow student audience. At left was Mrs. Donald Lynch of Yakima, vice chairman of the Republican State Committee. It was part of Rockefeller's busy day here. He left this morning [May 11].

Placard for cars in the official Rockefeller trip to UW and SU.

With this placard on your dashboard, you could join the Rockefeller cavalcade to the University of Washington for a meeting and then Seattle University for lunch.


The Seattle Times, May 10, 1962

Rockefeller Hails Fair as One Of World's Greatest

New York's Gov. Nelson Rockefeller today described the Seattle World's Fair "one of the greatest fairs, not only in the history of this country, but in the history of the world."

Rockefeller, here to participate in New York Day at the fair, spoke to about 600 persons at a breakfast in the Olympic Hotel's Grand Ballroom.

He complimented Governor Rosellini, Joseph Gandy fair president, and others saying the exposition helped the nation to "renew our faith and confidence in the future."

AFTERWARDS, Rockefeller, guided by Mayor Clinton, toured the fairgrounds.

First was a trip up the Space Needle.

"This is absolutely fabulous," Rockefeller said as he viewed the Seattle skyline. As the elevator dropped him to ground level again, Rockefeller grinned at his fellow passengers and commented:

"This is just like going over Niagara Falls."

Under sunny skies and the colorful flags of the 50 states Gov. Rockefeller spoke to a crowd of about 1,500 persons in the Plaza of States at a noon program in honor of New York State.

With the assistance of Governor Rosellini, Rockefeller raised the New York State flag and touched a flame to ignite the Fount of Fire.

AT VIRTUALLY EVERY turn there were crowds on hand to welcome the famous visitor and call out: "Hello, Governor," and "Good luck."

In reply, Rockefeller frequently asked: "Are you from New York?

Rockefeller, a Republican, sported a small 'Rosellini rose" in his lapel when he appeared in the Olympic Hotel lobby this morning.

Nice Thank you letter from Nelson Rockefeller to Jack Gordon.

New York Gov. Rockefeller thanked Jack for the photos of New York Day that he was sent.


Press Pass for New York Day at Seattle World's Fair Plaza of the States


letter from William Ronan to Jack Gordon, July 12, 1962.

Rockefeller's Secretary William J Ronan thanked Jack for the photos of New York Day that he was sent.


Gov. Rockefeller came back to Washington at least once more including 1968 when he was running for President and visited Renton.


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