Manuscripts/Mixed Material Interview with George L. West
WEST: They had a little oil, but she was a Scurvan, they had Scurvan Hotel. You looked down on it from the Petroleum Club in Oklahoma City. She was 30 or so, and she married an older man named George Mesta, who was head of Mesta Machine Tool Company. He didn't leave her much money, but of course when he died, she was still in her 30's. I don't know exactly how old she was. They weren't married all that long.
So she came to Washington. Eventually, Swayze arrived. She was the most gauche person you can imagine.
Q: Did you serve with her?
WEST: I had to stay on until I could go, until Swayze arrived. She'd give these parties, and she'd insist that the General up in Weisbaden send a certain number of guys down every weekend. And she'd give these receptions, and they'd be played up in the papers. There again, I have material for a number of books. Either that or chapters in my biography.
Q: While you were there, did you just do the business?
WEST: I did the business. Finally, I got off, and I went to...
Q: Were the Luxembourgers, the officials there, sort of laughing at this?
WEST: Well, they were not too happy. You see one thing that had happened was that for years the Netherlands Minister in Washington, a guy named Hugh Legalle, had been pushing Bech and been pushing Prime Minister Dupont to make an embassy. Legalle sold the idea to the Department that they would send a Minister to Luxembourg. Mesta was never Ambassador, she was Minister. It was still a Legation when she was there. It was the next guy, Buchanan, who became Ambassador.
Q: So you went to...
WEST: I went to Frankfurt and was under Sam Reber. This is summer of 1950. She'd [Mesta?] arrived earlier. Sam Reber had succeeded Riddleberger as Political Advisor on the High Commission.
They put me in charge of a big amorphous division that had a lot of public affairs and reorientation programs. There were two-hundred-odd Americans.