The following text came from a document simply called “Background for this Display.”

Prior to President Dwight Eisenhower’s 1960 White House Conference on Children and Youth, Roland Larson conducted a local Youth Leadership Conference for St. Louis Park senior high students. Well-known persons were invited to “participate” in the St. Louis Park conference by responding to this question: “What bit of advice would you consider most significant for young people, generally, over the next decade?”

Quotations from responses were read at the banquet as a major part of the program. Youth Director Dr. Wilton Bergstrand gave the major address. Some 200 Park students were in attendance to hear the advice and comments from famous people.

Roland Larson, St. Louis Park guidance counselor, was a Minnesota delegate to the five-day White House Conference in Washington, DC, called by President Dwight Eisenhower. At the time Larson was an advisor to Governor Orville Freeman’s Minnesota Youth Council.

The question mentioned above was put to several prominent people in a letter dated February 1, 1960, from Roland Larson. (Paraphrased) responses were received from:

Eleanor RooseveltWork hard to develop your abilities to the maximum and work hard to see that the free world wins the struggle between the ideologies of the free world and the communist world.

Wernher Von Braun (letterhead Army Ballistic Missile Agency, U.S. Army Ordnance Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama):  Apply yourselves diligently to your studies as a through preparation was absolutely necessary for a successful career.

Marian Anderson, Opera Singer:  Get as much education as possible and consider school not just an obligation but a privilege.

Herbert Hoover (from the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, NYC)

Richard Nixon, Vice President:  Be aware of current events so they were fully informed on the problems of national and international affairs.

Ralph J. Bunche, Under Secretary, United Nations:  Adapt your own set of values and principles; be forward looking, a little bold and nonconformist.

Justice William O. Douglas, U.S. Supreme Court:  Pick at least one, and preferably two, foreign languages in which to become an expert.

Norman Vincent Peale, Marble Collegiate Church, NYC:  Decide whether to maintain the moral standards of Christian teachings or whether they should be cast aside and replaced. 

J. Edgar Hoover, Director, FBI General:  Accept responsibility in an insecure world which is the target of an enemy eager to exploit your idealism, credibility and inexperience.

Lauris Norstad, USAF, Supreme Allied Commander, Europe

There is also a document called “The Preparation of the Youth of America” by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.