WORLD’S FAIR, 1939
GROVER WHALEN, THE LITTLE FLOWER AND HARVEY GIBSON
Frederick Lewis Allen saw in the 1939 New York World’s Fair a conglomerate of all America expressing itself, from the Futurama of General Motors to the fan dancers. That was one viewpoint of the Fair and a just evaluation. But I had another view of the Fair—a closer inside view. To me the Fair was the personal projection of three men: Grover Whalen, Fiorello La Guardia and Harvey Gibson. Mr. Whalen was known as Grover the Magnificent; as director of the Fair he was paid $75,000 a year. The second was the fiery, emotional Mayor of New York, the “Little Flower,” who combined in himself a Napoleonic complex and a desire to give the people of New York good government ...