Manuscripts/Mixed Material Interview with Paul H. Tyson
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, I had mentioned Theresa Chin Jones, doing the little exercises that one did in FSI (Foreign Service Institute) at that time, they were trying to make things intensely relevant and I had worked part-time, the fall before, for the American Gas Association in government relations, so I knew a lot about energy. Terry Jones knew a lot about science and nuclear, so when Terry and I were on the same team, we won. Terry, as I said, was married to an FSO and she had been at lunch one day with a guy named Larry Raitch, who has since passed on, a great guy; one of the best bosses I've ever had, who was deputy director of the Office of Fuels and Energy in the EB [Economics] Bureau. That's an office that had been headed by Jim Akins, and the energy crisis was in full bore, blown open, and Larry was saying, “We need bodies, I need bodies,” and Terry mentioned my name to him. I was, at that point, an O-8, and these were O-4 jobs and I got this call saying, “Would you come over and talk to somebody in this office?” So I went to Mr. Johnson and said, “I've gotten this call. I want you to know about this.” He was a very astute man, so he said, “Go ahead and take it.” So I went over there and there was a guy, sort of in corduroy slacks and a sweater, named Steve Bosworth, later our ambassador to Tunisia and Korea, and he just started chatting with me and then he handed me what was obviously a draft memo to look at and it involved stuff like high pressure drill pipe and all of this; for bizarre reasons at the American Gas Association, I had actually worked on some of this. So I looked at the memo, took out a pen, and said, “This won't happen technically, this won't happen politically.” So I got a call about three days later and said, “Friday will be your last day. Monday report to this office.” It turns out that Mike Johnson had been trying to get a deputy director for a long, long time. So he basically traded the equivalent of a second lieutenant for a lieutenant colonel and got his deputy director.
But I ended up moving over to the Office of Fuels and Energy under Bosworth and Raitch. Tom Andrews was the assistant secretary, and got very, very involved in a lot of the energy issues. This is when they were setting up the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris.
Q: You were doing this from when to when?
TYSON: '74 to '76. EBORFFSE, the Office of Fuels and Energies.
I actually ended up getting the cats and dogs. The regular guys were traveling to Paris to help set up the International Energy Agency, but I would get inter-agency meetings, export controls, exotic energy, coal, natural gas, electricity. But, as I say, I was a junior officer in a mid-level job, and the office rapidly expanded. It's one of those, you know, hot offices, hot time, most of the people who were there did fairly well coming out of it.
Q: What were some of the, I mean, this was a time when there were, well these were repercussions from the '73 war.