Foreign News: A Louse for a Louse

Lightheartedly, French Novelist Pierre Daninos said yes when ECA asked him to write the captions for a NATO movie cartoon. Then, because this made him a foreign employee of a U.S. Government agency, Daninos received the usual four-page questionnaire asking about his 1) birth & parentage, 2) complexion & distinctive body marks, 3) emotional & mental state, 4) drinking habits, 5) aliases, if any, 6) connections with the Communist Party, if any, 7) past & present employment in detail—and some 50 other questions. Daninos filled in the questionnaire, named three character references, duly swore that he had no intention of "upsetting...

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