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December 8
1921 In Omaha, NE, during a speech to AASHO's Annual Meeting, W. K. Hatt, Director of the Advisory Board on Highway Research, begins, "Above the entrance door to the office of the chief of the U.S. Bureau of Public Roads is the saying of the eminent scientist [Thomas] Huxley: Science is nothing but trained and organized common sense."
1964 Administrator Rex Whitton addresses AASHO's 50th Annual Meeting on "Full Partners: Federal-State Cooperation in the Federal-Aid Highway Program." In his conclusion, Whitton says, "I view the Bureau of Public Roads and the States as partners, neither one greater nor lesser than the other. Each partner has rights and responsibilities, but these cannot be so precisely and rigidly defined as to avoid altogether some questions about the location of the boundary lines. Through the years such questions have almost always been resolved in an informal and friendly way. They still are. I hope they always will be."
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