Mexico: New Hand Across the Border

When President Johnson meets Mexico's President Adolfo Lopez Mateos in Palm Springs this week, he will have a chance to introduce the new U.S. ambassador who is about to move to Mexico City. He is Fulton Freeman, 48, currently U.S. envoy to Colombia and rated one of the most energetic and effective U.S. diplomats on the job in Latin America.

Taking over in Bogota in 1961 on his first ambassadorial assignment, Freeman traveled 25,000 miles around the country talking to people who had never seen an American before. Such freewheeling diplomacy raised eyebrows, but Freeman won general respect for his...

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