Editor: Dear Sir:
. . . Eva and I were delighted to have the privilege of entertaining the foreign air attaches while they were on tour of U.S. defense bases last [September] . . . [We] have cohosted them . . . twice in our home in Holmby Hills, Calif. It is a wonderful way for Americans and these foreign officers to meet and exchange views and create international good will.
When your columnist, Maxine Cheshire, called and asked about the party, I answered all of her questions. When . . . I was at lunch, she called back and got a complete list of those I had invited from my new secretary without asking me for permission. She then wrote a column in The Washington Post which was syndicated nationally, telling about the party and listing guests. The list showed clearly that nobody from the defense department, except the escort officers . . . would be present, and she could have confirmed this by asking me when she called. Maxine proceeded to state that top defense department brass would be attending, when in fact, none were invited or attended, as anyone in defense can confirm.
She then proceeded to say that I was a consultant to (which I am not) and a director of (which I am not), several defense companies and talked about illegal entertainment provisions of the law, which, of course, do not apply in anyway. She called Liz Tippett an heiress, which she is not. She listed several actors and actresses who she said were attending, but again she was wrong.
She neglected to mention that the reason that I was giving the party as Honorary Consul of Jordan, was because the Dean of the Los Angeles Consular Corps, Knut Myre of Norway, and thirty-three (33) other Consul Generals and Consuls posted in the Los Angeles Area, were attending the party to meet the foreign air attaches. -- Frank Gard Jameson
EDITOR'S NOTE: Standard & Poor's for 1980 lists Jameson as chairman of Glenair Inc. and a director of Lone Star Industries. According to a Defense Department printout called Prime Contract Awards, which at the time the column was published provided the most recent data for the fiscal year 1980, Glenair was a defense contractor ($191,000) as was Lone Star ($163,000).