Manuscripts/Mixed Material Interview with Francis J. Tatu
TATU: Yes, and I was replaced by George Roberts, creator of CookiPush.
TATU: George is another one of these Foreign Service characters. He had invented a board game called “ Cookie Push,” the whole thing was how the life of diplomacy runs. If you ingratiate your ambassador's wife, for example, then you advance two spaces, and so forth.
Q: No, I never came across that.
TATU: It got international publicity. It was written up by the NeYork Times.
Q: I wasn't in the Foreign Service yet, so I probably...
TATU: That pretty much made his career. He ended up as ambassador tsome place in Africa.
Q: Is there actually a board game called Cookie Push that's iexistence today?
TATU: I don't know if it is. I doubt it. George would have a copy,invite him for lunch.
Q: Were there detailed places to go on the board?
TATU: Oh, yes, just like Monopoly.
Q: Can you give me some examples? I think that sounds great.
TATU: The only one I can think of is this ingratiating the ambassador's wife.
Q: But there must be other.
TATU: Serious things: “One of your reports is noted by Washington.” In those days we used to get comeback evaluations. You'd turn in what we called, an airgram at that time, and the Desk or INR would evaluate it.