PERSONALITY: Learning to Love Exile

"I'm not homesick for the States or bored with this life. Costa Rica is a lovely country. Great weather, isn't it?"

The speaker is Financier Robert Lee Vesco, who last week gave a rare telephone interview to TIME Correspondent Bernard Diederich. His sentiments are understandable: if the U.S. can get him extradited from Costa Rica, to which he fled in 1972, he will face trial on four indictments. The latest, returned in mid-January, charges Vesco and six associates with selling stocks held by mutual funds that were managed by I.O.S. Ltd.—the investment complex once controlled by Bernard Cornfeld—and then investing more...