In the Costa Rican Embassy in Washington one night last week, the telephone rang. Sleek, young (24) First Secretary Alvaro Rossi answered it.
"Hello. My name is Boggs," said a man with a deep Southern accent. "I have a brother-in-law by the name of Figueres. Married my sister. I heard he was mixed up in some fighting down in Costa Rica recently. Can you tell me what happened to him? Is he still alive?"
"Your brother-in-law," replied Rossi, "is President of Costa Rica."*
* After leading the anti-government forces to victory in Costa Rica's recent civil war, José Figueres became head of...