3. Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts Declares
Born in Worcester, Compliments of Harvey Ball
(«Harvey Ball presenting Worcestor Mayor with smiley
The 150th Anniversary of the City of Worcester, Massachusetts, was held on February 28, 1998. Harvey Ball was invited to these celebrations as an honorary citizen.
The State of Massachusetts is famous for Harvard University, located
in its state capital of Boston. Massachusetts is also a state
that enjoys considerable economic, political and cultural influence
in the United States. Worcester City, 50 kilometers from Boston
and the state's second largest city, has now celebrated its 150th
Anniversary. Harvey Ball, a famous Worcester native and creator
of the smiley face, was an official guest at City celebrations
participated in by many Worcester citizens.
Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts declares Harvey Ball to be the creator of the smiley face
Senator John Kerry, a special guest at Worcester's 150th
Anniversary celebrations, declared in his speech that the original
creator of the smiley face was Harvey Ball. He proclaimed this
to be a credit to both Massachusetts and America. This official
declaration by the senator of such a major state is undoubtedly
significant. Another of the many eminent guests, an executive
of Boston Bank which was involved in the creation of the smiley
face in 1963, praised Harvey Ball and his creation of the smiley
face as being a source of great pride for the City.
Address by Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts
The City of Worcester is special. It is no accident that
this city gave America the Valentine. It is no accident that this
is the City that gave America the Smiley Face.
i«Address by Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts/Address
by Rick Myers, Boston Bank executivej
Address by Rick Myers, Boston Bank executive
There are many groups of citizens that have dedicated
themselves to making this city a better place. They even
include the man who not only put a smile on Worcester
Insurance and State Mutual Life employees. It was our
own Harvey Ball (and not Forrest Gump) whose smile face
button has been popularized around the world.
i«Harvey Ball presents City Manager with smiley
face poster to display at City Hallj
Mayor Raymond V. Mariano offers thanks to Harvey Ball in declaring that the
smiley face is a source of pride for the City.
The City of Worcester declared in 1996 that the
smiley face was created by Harvey Ball. At the City's
150th Anniversary Mayor Mariano offered even higher praise
declaring that the smiley face is not only a source of
pride for Massachusetts but for all of America. As a commemorative
token, Harvey Ball presented the Mayor with a picture
of the smiley face, the City's very own symbol. He also
presented a smiley face poster to City Manager, Thomas
Hoover, and his wife Diane, to be displayed at City Hall.
i«City streets were packed with Worcester citizens eager to enjoy celebrationsj
Smiley face: a source of pride and a symbol for the City of Worcester
The day of the 150th Anniversary celebrations was
deemed a public holiday for all the folks of Worcester
and variety of events characterized the day. A laser show
at night lit up the City and included a special laser
beam display reading "Thank you Harvey Ball."
The citizens of Worcester, Massachusetts and all America
possess a great sense of intimacy with the smiley face
and perceive the smiley face as a great source of pride
as it became a global phenomenon. It is inconceivable
to them that persons outside the United States sometimes
claim to be the originator of the smiley face or that
some think the smiley face was a self-generating design.