Manuscripts/Mixed Material Interview with Robert Gerald Livingston
LIVINGSTON: And the guy asked me, “What constitutional issues does this raise?” and then somebody asked me also, “What do you think about the Austrians? Would they still like to be with Germany,” and I said, “Well, I know it's not the right thing to say but I'm not so sure they wouldn't.” Yes, I remember that. I remember those two questions because I didn't think I handled them very well, either one of them. I remember the written exam, though. It was a hot day for Vienna. The windows were open and the staff were outside down below sitting on the edges of the swimming pool.
Q: When did you come into the Foreign Service?
LIVINGSTON: I came into the Foreign Service in October of '56. Iwas right at the time of the Hungarian Revolution.
Q: Oh, yes.
LIVINGSTON: And Suez. I guess it was right at the time Sputnik wenup.
Q: It was around that period.
LIVINGSTON: The fall; it was October. It may have been September,but I think it was October of '56.
Q: Can you characterize the class you came in with?
LIVINGSTON: Well, there's only one person we still have connectionwith, a fellow named Lowenstein.
Q: Jim Lowenstein.