Louis F. Fieser, Sheldon Emery Professor of Organic Chemistry, did not go to the University of Saigon over Christmas vacation as he had planned, because the U.S. Government refused to pay travelling expenses.
The Dean of the University of Saigon, through the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission office in Vietnam, had invited Fieser to give two Ph.D. oral examinations and to conduct a seminar entitled. "Useful Reagents That No One Has Seen."
"I was expecting the United States Information Service to provide transportation," he said, "but they wanted me to stay three months, and I wanted to stay a week."
Instead, Fieser said, he sent the university several chemistry books written by Mrs. Fieser and himself. In return, he said, the Dean sent him a Christmas card.