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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Legislation making HemisFair '68, a World Fair-Oct. 15th

Gail Beagle (photo)
H.B. Gonzalez Chief of Staff

A Seminar to be held twice on Monday, October 15th
10 a.m. and 6 p.m., (each followed by a buffet meal)
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 South Bowie Street
(enter parking area through Durango entrance)
Special Guests include mayor Phil Hardberger & former Mayors Lila Cockrell, Henry Cisneros &
Ed Garza.

Congressman Henry B. Gonzalez in early 1962 made an “international trade fair” (later named HemisFair) for San Antonio a primary goal he wanted to achieve for his 20th Congressional District of Texas. The package of enabling legislation for HemisFair would not have been possible without the leadership and work of the two U. S. Senators from Texas at the time Senators Ralph Yarborough and John Tower. Once President Lyndon Johnson signed the legislation into law insuring the U. S. participation in HemisFair, it was possible to pursue and obtain at Paris the Bureau of International Exhibitions’ (BIE’s) vote to make HemisFair the official world’s fair for 1968.

Seminar Speakers:

Anatomy of Legislation Making HemisFair ‘68 a World’s Fair seminar speakers will include: Richard Kaufman -- lawyer, writer, artist – who served as the Legislative Director for Gonzalez throughout the enactment of Gonzalez’s HemisFair legislative package before going to the Joint Economic Committee of Congress.

Kelsay Meek will speak on the long range economic development impact on San Antonio as the result of HemisFair. Meek, a Trinity University political science graduate, began his career with Gonzalez in early 1963 working on issues affecting San Antonio.

Gail Beagle served as the Chief of Staff and Press Assistant for more than 30 years for Gonzalez’s Congressional Staff serving the San Antonio 20th Congressional District. She began her HemisFair efforts with Gonzalez in January 1962. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Texas Woman’s University, and has a M.A. degree in legislative affairs from George Washington University.

Louis (Lou) Rosenberg, a San Antonio lawyer, worked as a Legislative Assistant to Gonzalez during 1962.

San Antonio businessman William (Bill) Sinkin was the first president of the fair association establishing the international exposition, and is the person from San Antonio who was in constant communication with Congressman Gonzalez about the fair.

In a departure from strictly the legislative effort for HemisFair, Dr. Robert Rydell, a Montana State University history professor and head of the university’s Humanities Institute at Bozeman, MT, will speak at the seminar on the history of world fairs and the need for such expositions to continue, despite the withdrawal of the United States from association with the Bureau of International Expositions at Paris

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