Where are they now?
Col. Buzz Grapling, one of the planners of the Iranian rescue attempt and the one responsible for seeing that no secret U.S. documents fell into enemy hands, has been promoted to brigadier general, and put in charge of all intelligence operations in the Middle East.
Cmdr. Harold Winninger, Pentagon Intelligence specialist for Iran, who wrote a paper warning that a 48-hour rescue operation could not succeed with the number of helicopters allotted to the operation, has been reassigned to a submarine tender until his retirement papers are processed.
William Pettibone, analyst of the Treasury Department, who predicted that the recession would be mild, and plant layoffs could be held to a minimum, has now become one of President Carter's chief economic advisers, replacing Thomas Keesler who told the White House that, once you put the brakes on the economy, there is no way to control the width and depth of the recession. The president was so angered that Keesler's figures turned out ot be accurate, he failed to write him a "Dear Tom" letter.
White House aide Arlie Fromkin is now in line for a National Security Council job. Arlie was the administration official who scoffed at CIA predictions that Castro was going to dump over 100,000 Cuban refugees in Miami. He told Mr. Carter that "boatwise" it was impossible. While Arlie may have been wrong on rejecting the information, the president said he still has total confidence in him, which is more than can be said for Jamie X., our man in Havana, who smuggled out the complete Castro refugee plan three monthes ago.
Roger Chaffee, the president's special envoy assigned to persuade our allies not to go to Moscow for the Olympics, has been given the Medal of Merit for his sucess in preventing Bermuda from sending a team. Roy Eagleberry, who told the president he was risking a major diplomatic defeat by asking the West to stay away, has ben taken off the president's personal Christmas card list.
At the same time Chaffee was receiving his medal, Frances Donner was made a deputy secretary of state for successfully persuading the European Common Market to implement stringent santions against Iran. When President Carter proudly announced the sanctions on "Face the Nation," Audrey Eberhard, an economist with State, said to a friend, "what sanctions is he talking about?"
This remark got back to the White House and Ms. Eberhard was called on the carpet by Ham Jordan and told she wasn't a team player.
Frederick Cymbalist, chairman of the Magna Nuclear Construction Co., has just announced that Magna has received a $600 million government contract to repair the damage caused by one of its plants breaking down as a result of faulty design and building errors. Cymbalist said the new contract would assure another profitable year for his company.
Marty Templeton, the government lawyer who advocated that Magna do the repair work free as part of its warranty, has been transferred out of Washington and assigned to the Department of Energy's legal office in Nome, Ala.
Dr. Fletcher Blume, who did a study for the National Academy of Science recommending that the average person double his intake of butter, cream, milk and cheese, has just been given another $750,000 grant by the Amalgamated Diary Farmers Association to further his research.
Dr. Evan Taylor, who dissented with Dr. Blume's study, was refused additional funding for his work on cholesterol in the blood. The diary people said, "the Blume grant is not a conflict of interest as no scientist would sell his soul for a lousy $750,000. Our decision not to fund Dr. Taylor had nothing to do with the work he wanted to pursue. We turned him down for only one reason: We didn't like his wife."