Fairs: Moses in the Wilderness

New York's Governor Nelson Rockefel ler pressed a lever, and psss-CHUNK! —a pile driver began to hammer in the first pile for a 200-ft. observation tower, the highest structure at the New York World's Fair 1964-65, and part of New-York State's elegant $5,000.000 pavilion, designed by Architect Philip Johnson. The fair, declared the Governor, was going to be a vast success, visited by 70 million people, and yielding "lasting benefits as a magnificent showcase.''

The 646-acre site in Flushing Meadow looked less like a showcase last week than a sordid battlefield of machinery and men. And inside the administration building,...

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