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LESTER ASSOCIATES, INC. I THORNWOOD, NEW YORK I 914 RO 9-7800 

The 
'· , ' ;~· .,· ·. · 'R'i&ation · 

scelpt 
of · ttie 
C!tf~ of Oepo»tuili ty 
(He _lcopJ!• BJde J 

PBBRUARY 196 ... 

created for 

THE CITY OP NEW YORK 
WORLD'S PAIR COMMISSION 
Rob••t P. wagnez. M•ror 
Newbold Moa~1•, Comm 111on. 

by 

LESTER ASSOCIATES, INC. 
Raymond Leatez, Pr••ldent 
Wean•~ Neuburg••• Chle f En91nee 



,, 

CITY OF OPPORTUNITY 

I. OPENING 

(NOTE: THE FIRST SECTION BELOW IS DESIGNED TO 
BECOME OPERABLE AS SOON AS THE AUDIENCE IS 
WITHIN HEARING RANGE OF OUR SPEAKERS, TO 
EXPEDITE TRAFFIC HANDLING. IT WOULD RUN FROM 

1 • 

THE VERY FIRST IvUMENT OF THE POSSIBILITY OF 
BOARDING TO END OF THE BOARDING. PROCESS (ROUGHLY 
FROM :05 TO 0:38). THE NARRATION BELOW SHOULD BE 
ADJUSTED SO ITS DIRECTIONS WILL BE SPECIFIC, AND. 
EXACTLY RELATED TO THE TECHNICAL DEMANDS OF 
THE BOARDING PROCESS. FIRM AND REASSURING.) 

.VOICE OF LOWELL THOMAS 

Hi there, 

This is Lowell Thomas 

Welcome aboard ' - . 
Just step right in 

and be seated -

that's right, come in 

·and make yourself comfortable -

just step aboard, 
sit back and relax -
and now, 

get ready for take-off -
A flight into the past 
.and present, 
of the greatest city 
on earth -! 

(AS IF SHOUTING OVER THE 

SOUNDS OF THE ENGINES) 

.EFFECTS 

HELICOPTER 
ENGINE 
IDLING 

WARM 

REASSURING 
EXPANSIVE 

·MUSIC 

ANTIC IPA. 
TION: IM. 
PENDING 
JOURNEY: 
POSSIBLY 
CONTINUE 
THEME AT 
CLOSE OF 
CASTELLO 
SEQUENCE 

REVVING SOARING 
UP OF HELI-
COPTER 

-- ENGINE, 
SOUNDS OF 
TAKEOFF 

DROWNS 
OUT VOICE, 

MUS IC UP, 
THEN UNDE 

UP FULL ROAR, 
THEN UNDER, 
QUIETLY IN 
T""\ A ,_. ',,.. '""'" 9 •• •Y""\ 



CITY OF OPPORTUNITY 

VOICE OF LOWELL THOMAS 

Sail with the early explorers -

Sail into the harbor 

0:30 with Verrazano, 

the place marked by that bridge, 

world's longest suspension span, 

connecting Staten Island 

with Brooklyn -

Here on your right, 

where Coney Island is today, 

Lady Deborah Moody, 

in search of religious freedom, 

s e t t 1 e d in 161+ 5 • -
Taken by the British in 1776, 

it later became a resort 

popular with Diamond Jim Brady 

. and Lillian Russell -

EFFECTS 

ROAR OF THE 
"CYCLONE,., . 
PEOPLE 
SCREAMING, 
THE SURF 
POUNDING 
IN, CROWD 
NOISE OF 
PEOPLE ON 
BEACH 

MJOING OF 
cow. 
BUCOLIC 
SOUNDS, 
UNDER 

2. 

MUSIC 

"BRIGHT01' 
BEACH OR 
CONEY IS-
LAND, OR 
PERHAPS •. 

(FADE 
UNDER) 

·~ 

MERRY-GO. 
ROUND 
MUSIC 

SONG: 
••• AND 
STATEN 
ISLAND 
TOO ••• 



CITY 0 F OPPORTUNITY 

VOICE OF LOWELL THOMAS 

0:50 This is Staten Island, 
named by Henry Hudson, 
and later known 
as the borough of Richmond; _-
Third largest, most rural, 
· and least developed -

Against a deadline set 
by the Du~e of York, 
Capt. Christopher Billopp 
raced his sailing ship 
around this island 
in less than one day, 
and thereby won Staten Island 
for the state of New York -
It was here 

EFFECTS 

SEQUE TO 
SOUND OF 
SAILING 
SHIPS 
RACING 
THRU HEAVY 
SEAS, CRIES 
OF MEN 

(--- - ----- ·-- - ------··-·---

MUSIC 

at the very house Bil lo pp built,-; ____ ·---- ____ _ 
. SEQUE TO 
'REVOLU-

------ TIONARY 
THEME 
(YANKEE 
DOODLE?) 

that on Sept. 11, 17'76 
Benjam.in Franklin and John Adams 
met with British General Howe 
in an attempt 
to peacefully settle 
the American Revolution -

Staten Island -
where Jenny Lind, Adelina Patti 
·and the great Italian Emancipator 
GUISEPPE GARIBALDI, 
each made his home -

Where you can find QUIEt, 

SEQUE TO 
SCENE 
FROM 
ITALIAN 
NATIONAL 
ANTHEM 

SOUNDS OF the oldest elementary school bldg.COUNTRY, KIDS 
in America PLAYING IN 

BACKGROUND 



CITY OF OPPORTUNITY · 

VOICE OF LOWELL THOMAS 

Where you can climb 
to the highest point 
on the Atlantic Coast 
from Maine to Florida: 
Todt Hill -
and here, 
just below ypu, 
the Goethals Bridge to Jersey -
once the world's 
longest suspension -

From its growing industrial area, 

EFFECTS 

SEQUE SOUNDS 

4. • 

MUSIC 

"OPEN" 
RURAL 

manufactured goods 
move by ship 
from its miles of docks 
or by truck 

TO INDUS TRIAL 
ACTIVITY: HEAVY 
TRUCKS, LOADING, 
HEAVY TRAFFIC 

across the Bayonne B~idge, 
the longest arch in the world -

Now glance across the Harbor: 
the borough of homes and churches- SEQUE TO 
of more than 2~ million people RESIDENTIAL 

2 - STREET 
Brooklyn - SOUNDS 

(Everyone's lived here, 
· from Henry Ward Beecher 
to Mae West, 
from Walt Whitman 
to Arthur Miller & Truman Capote) 

SONG: 
91GIVE ME 
THE tvOON 
OVER 
BROOKLYN' 
or "A TRE 
GROWS IN 
BROOKLYN' 
or "BROO~ 
LYN IS 
AMERICA" 



' CITY OF OPPORTUNITY 5. 

VOICE OF LOWELL THOMAS 

From its terminals and waterfront, 

1 /4· of a 11 New York ' s goods 
are shipped -

There's Buttarmilk Channel, 

where women once poled 

boats of milk to Manhattan -

and the rocking 

churned the milk into butter -

Recognize the lady below -? 

She's France's ~ift to the U.S., 

EFFECTS 

The Statue of Liberty - BOAT 

~ateway to America -
to opportunity -

to New York -! 

From Indian trading post 

3 00 ye a rs a g o , 

to financial capital 

of the world 

SOUNDS & 
WHISTLES 

RHYTHMS 
OF N.Y.: 
OFFICE 
MACHINES, 
TICKERS., 
TRAFFIC 

MUSIC 

DOCK 
SOUNDS 
HEAVY 
BOAT < 
NOISES, 
LAPPING 
WATER 

OARS 
THROUGH 
WATER 

SONG: 
II JOY !ONCE 
IvORE, FOR 
SOON I SA 
THE 
STATUE OF 
LIBERTY 
HAND IN 
AIR, SHE 
GREE TS 
YOU THERE 

u 
••• 

SUDDEN 
EXPLOSIVE 
BURST: 

N.Y. 
THEME 

SEQUE TO: 
"WE' LL 
HAVE MAN-
HATTAN ••. 

SEQUE TO: 
"THE BAT-
TERY, THE 
BATTERY, 
THE BAT-
TERY ••• " 



CITY OF OPPORTUNITY 

VOICE OF LOWELL THOMAS 

In 1 784· -

A young nation's first capitol, 

As George Washington is 

inaugurated -

And an Indian trail, 

Broadway, 

carries the City north -

past the 102 floors 

of the Empire State Bldg., 
world's tallest -

past more than 100 skyscrapers 

over 30 stories tall -

p a s t the 8 4· 0 g re e n a c re s 

of Central Park 

with its lakes, 

Shakespeare Theatre, 

playing fields, zoos -

EFFECTS 

ADD IN: 
VOICE ON 
FILTER 
FROM 
INAUGURAL 
ADDRESS 

FADE OUT 
VOICE -

Past Riverside Drive, ·sEQUE TO 
QUIETER, 

occupied less than a 100 years ago CONTEM-
PLATIVE 

by squatters and their goats - SOUNDS OF 
THE RIVER 

Past Columbia University, 

New York's oldest college -

6. 

MUSIC 

SEQUE TO: 
"HE STOO[ 
FORTH ON 
THE BAL-
CONY OF 
THAT OLD 
FEDERAL 
HALL ••• 11 

SEQUE TO: 
N.Y. 
THEME 
(MANHAT-
TAN 
TOWERS ? . 

SEQUE TO : 
"GIVE MY 
REGARDS 
TO BROAD. 
WAY" 

"WE SHALI 
STROLL B' 
THE 
HUDSON" 



CITY OF OPPORTUNITY 

VOICE OF LOWELL THOMAS 

Past a former district 

of quiet farms s 

Harlem -

that became the vital center 

of population change: 

the German, Irish, Italian, 

Negro, .Puerto Rican -

Past the George Washington 

Bridge -

fourth longest suspension 

span in the world -

To the art treasures 

of the Cloisters 

and Inwood Park, 

where you can still find 

signs of Indian life -

EFFECTS MUSIC 

"TAKE TH 
'A' TRAI 

EXP.LOS IVE JAZZ 
INTERJECTION 
0 F CHILDREN, 
"THOUSANDS: SEQUE TO 
OF CHILDREN, FOLK TUN 
JUST OUT OF PUERTO 
SCHOOL OR RICAN 
IN STREETS (STRONG 

SEQUE TO 
ALSO 
TRAFFIC 
SOUNDS 

FADE TO 
QUIET 

SEQUE TO 
EXTERIOR 
WOODLAND 
SOUNDS 

PER-
CUSS IVE 
RHYTHMS, 
STREET 
INSTRU-
MENT 

SEQUE TO 
STRING 
TRIO: 
17TH 
CENTURY, 
or SIMPL 
GREGORIA 
CHANTS 

SEQUE TO 
QUIET 
INDIAN 
SONG 



CITY OF OPPORTUNITY 

VOICE OF LOWELL THOMAS 

Manhattan: 

12-1/2 miles 

of incredible achievement 

Quite a bargain 

for only $24· - ! 

Cross Spuyten Duyvil -

and you land in the Br-0nx -

only boro~gh on the mainland -
. (RHETORICALLY) : 

·How much did the Bronx cost -? 

We 11, 

its first settler 

Jonas Brenek, , a Dane, 

bought it from the Indians 

for 2 guns, 2 kettles, 

1 barrel of cider, 

and 6 bits of m0ney -

They just didn't realize 

the Bronx'd one day wind up 

with the New York Yankees -! 

The Bronx -

whose G~uveneur Morris 

EFFECTS 

CONTINUE 
WOODLAND 
SOUNDS 

8. 

MUSIC 

CONTINUE 
INDIAN 
SONG 

"TAKE ME 
OUT TO 

SUDDEN CRACKTHE BALL 
OF BAT GAMEu 
AGAINST BALL; 
SCREAMS OF 
YANKEE FANS 
( 

11 IT ' S GO I NG • • • 
GO ING ••• II ) 

first drafted the Constitution SEQUE TO FADE OUT 
VOICE: MUSIC 

of the United States - PREAMBLE, 
CONSTITUTION 



CITY OF OPPORTUNITY 

VOICE OF LOWELL THOMAS 

Where Edgar Alle~ Poe 
wrote The Raven and 
Annabelle Lee. 

whose Woodlawn Cemetary 

EFFECTS 

SEQUE TO 
VOICE: 
ANNABELLE 
LEE 

9. 

MUSIC 

is the last resting place SEQUE TO: 

SLOWLY 
FADE IN 
QUIET, 
INTROSPEC 
TIVE 
THEME 

of Admiral Farragut, Ralph Pulitzer, 
Jay Gould and F. W. Woolworth, IDYLLIC, 

PASTORAL 
Herman Melville - EXTERIOR 

The Borough of Universities 
Fordham, Hunter, Manhattan, NYU -
The world famous 
Bronx Zoo & Botanical Gardens -
Unrivaled collections 
of plants and animals -
almost 1000 acres of 'em -

Now cross the East River -
Take one of the world's 
most beautiful bridges -
the Whitestone, 
or the · Throgg's Neck -
and you arrive 
in the largest 
and fastest growing 
borough of all -
QUEENS -

EFFECT 

SLOWLY ADD 
IN WILD 
ANIMAL 
EFFECTS 
(PERHAPS 
LION IN 
DISTANCE) 
GRADUALLY 
SEQUE TO 
RIVER SOUNDS, 
PLUS AUTO 
TRAFFIC 

SEQUE TO 
WORLD'S 
FAIR 
THEME 
SONG 



CITY OF OPPORTUNITY 

VOICE OF LOWELL THOMAS 

Home ·of the New York World's 

Fair -

The Mets at Shea Stadium -

Olympic tennis courts 
·• 

at Forest Hills -

Center of aviation: 

LaGuardia Field, 

and the world's largest airport 

Kennedy International -

(SLIGHT PAUSE) 

(QUIETLY) 

New York: 

300 years ago 

(CONVEYOR 
BEG INS TO 
RISE - ) 

a small trading post 

on the tip of Manhattan -

In 1898 

five boroughs 

joined together 

to create a city -

Today: 

Center of civilization, 

EFFECTS 

SEQUE TO 
EFFECTS 0 F 
TENNIS 
MATCH 

SEQUE TO 
JET COMING 
IN, 

PASSING, 

10. 

MUSIC 

SEQUE TO 
JAUNTY 
THEME 

SEQUE TO 
QUIET 
THEME 

INTO DISTANCE -

QUIET 

THEME 
BEGINS 
SOARING . 



CITY OF OPPORTUNITY 11. 

VOICE OF LOWELL THOMAS 

this electric metropolis 

has opened opportunity to all, 

and its reward 

has been greatness -

And now, 

step right out, 

onto the moving platform, 

and see New York 

. EFFECTS 

GRADUALLY 
FROM . 
UNDER 
MUSIC, 
THE 
STEADY 
WHIR 
OF HELI-
COPTER 
ENGINE 

MUSIC 

SOARS UF 
TO 
CLIMAX 

RISES, 
POWERFULLY, 
TRIUMPHANTLY, 
TO CLIMAX -

as you've never seen it before -

Step right out, 

and sample the collections 

of world famous museums -

Step right out, 

and find out 

what keeps New York going -

Step right out 

onto the moving platform -


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