Manuscripts/Mixed Material Interview with Dale M. Povenmire
The Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training Foreign Affairs Oral History Project Labor Series
DALE M. POVENMIRE
Interviewed by: Morris Weisz
Initial interview date: January 29, 1994
Copyright 1998 ADST
Q: It is Saturday afternoon, January 29, 1994. We are in the comfortable apartment on Siesta Key in Florida of Dale Povenmire. I am interviewing him to get a description of his work in the Foreign Service generally, but mostly his experience as a labor attach� and on how that reflected on his assignments in non-related fields. Just begin, Dale, by giving us the posts you were at and at which ones the labor function played a part.
POVENMIRE: All right, Morrie. It is good to see you again. I entered the Service in June, 1957. I had the three month A-100 course at the Foreign Service Institute in Washington. From September until December we were in Mexico City for Spanish language training.
Q: Had you known Spanish before?
POVENMIRE: I had a college background in Spanish but wasn't up to a professional level.
Q: Did you seek a Spanish speaking post?
POVENMIRE: No. It was one of those accidents of life. I took Spanish in high school and that evolved into something that affected my whole life's direction. From January 1958 until January 1960 we were in Santiago, Chile. It was my first post and I did all kinds of work there on rotational assignments.
Q: Political, economic, visa type work?