Relatives of some of the 52 American hostages held for more than 429 days in Iran were interviewed on Saturday (27 December) after hearing personal filmed messages from the captives.
SCU Lt. Cmdr Robert Englmann speaking
GV ZOOM INTO SCU Philip Ward speaking
SV Vivian Homeyer watching captured sister Kathryn Koob on TV and speaking (6 shots)
CU Carol Elledge, sister of Joseph Hall, speaking and answering newsman's questions (3 shots)
(MUTE) GV President Carter and family outside his home
CU FULL BACK TO SV Carter speaking to reporters
SEQ. 1: ENGELMANN: "All the mail that we get, and we do get letters, tells us to hang in there. And, after 400 or so days, I guess we can hang on a little longer--hopefully not too much longer. So, happy holidays and, or, don't worry about us. The day that we're released, that'll be our Christmas."
SEQ. 2: WARD: "Hi Connie and Scott. As you can see, I'm healthy and, well, so don't worry about me: I'm doing just fine. And Scott, I expect you to continue work in school, and help Mum around the house, and don't forget to feed the wild birds this winter. They'll probably be getting hungry."
SEQ. 3: HOMEYER: "Well, I think she's telling us she's OK. She's trying to reassure us. She's very much more serious than she was and much more emotional and, of course, Christmas is an emotional time for us. And it really helps to strengthen my faith. You know, too, that her strength, her faith, is so strong and that she's really holding out, it's really, really tremendous."
ELLEDGE: "Yeah, it helps to know that they're basically okay. But it's got a kind of cruel sadistic side o it too--"
INTERVIEWER: "How's that?"
ELLEDGE: "Well, they should be home. This shouldn't be going on. I--some things, haywire in the way that our country's handled this."
INTERVIEWER: "How about today when Gerald said 'Hi Carol'?"
ELLEDGE: "Well, I don't know how to tell you how that feels. But I'm glad I got to see him."
CARTER: "It's still insulting to see them being held as prisoners. Obviously, the families of the 15 men and women are pleased to know that they are up and around, and seem to by in relatively good health. But we'll have a complete report later on this week from the Algerians who have sen all 52 of them."
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Background: Relatives of some of the 52 American hostages held for more than 429 days in Iran were interviewed on Saturday (27 December) after hearing personal filmed messages from the captives. President Carter spoke about this protracted problem. The relatives were able to see the hostages' messages on television.