INTRODUCTION: The American hostages released from Iran have been undergoing thorough medical checks and debriefing sessions at the United States military hospital in Wiesbaden.
GV Former American hostages leaving Wiesbaden hospital for trip to Air Base shopping centre
SCU Hostages walking towards bus PAN TO former American Charges d'Affaires in Teheran Bruce Laingen
CU Bruce Laingen speaking to reporters
GV Former hostages in clothing section of shopping centre (4 shots)
SV Marine inside shopping centre talking to policemen
SV Former American Embassy Political Officer John Limpert (sic) inside shopping centre
GV Hostages along aisles of shelves in supermarket
SCU Returnee speaking to reporters before climbing into bus
GV EXTERIOR Newsmen gathered outside American military hospital in Wiesbaden
SCU Former hostage Bruce German speaking to reporters (4 shots)
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
FRANCIS: "The former hostages, cheerful and excited were taken to an Airforce shopping centre five miles from the Wiesbaden hospital. Although many of them said they didn't know when they would be flown home, security men with them said it looked like this weekend. The Charge d'Affaires of the captured Teheran Embassy Bruce Laingen said he hoped it would be soon."
SEQ. 3: LAINGEN: "Delighted. God knows, God knows."
REPORTER: "Do you feel good?"
LAINGEN: "I feel great. Only I shouldn't have gotten up so early."
REPORTER: "Why is that sir?"
LAINGEN: "Didn't get enough sleep. We're working hard to keep our schedule."
REPORTER: "Do you think you'll be home this weekend sir?"
LAINGEN: "I don't know. As they say in Teheran 'Inch'Allah'; - God willing."
FRANCIS: "They almost emptied the shelves of the small clothing section of the military commissary. They bought twelve thousand dollars worth of suitcases, shoes, shirts and sweaters. Some like Barry Rosen here were able to wear their new clothes. Twenty three others left suits behind to be altered with a promised return for this evening.
"The Marines bought shoe-polish and Brasso to shine their belt-buckles.
"Many, like John Limpert, an Embassy Political Officer did their shopping in pyjamas and slippers.
"Others seemed to enjoy just strolling down the aisles.
"Clearly, the returning Americans wanted to talk about their hardships in Teheran. One said 'Just wait till we get home'."
SEQ. 10: GERMAN: "There's going to be a lot of talking done once we get back to the States. I just wanted to let you guys know that most of us, in fact all of us, are in good health and just delighted to be back. From what I know of the, those who held us, and let it be known that these were not students. They may have been students at one time -- we all were. But two years out of school doesn't make you a student. These were pure and simple terrorists."
REPORTER: FRED FRANCIS
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The American hostages released from Iran have been undergoing thorough medical checks and debriefing sessions at the United States military hospital in Wiesbaden. The ex-hostages, never united as a group during their 14-month imprisonment are reported to be in high spirits helping each other over the traumas of captivity. As the date of their return home to be reunited with their families drew nearer the former captives went on a shopping spree on Friday (23 January) as NBC's Fred Francis reports.
SYNOPSIS: Later, one former hostage, Bruce German, met reporters.