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Former Iranian hostage remembers ordeal
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"The Mushroom Inn." The armed
students refused to let the Americans
communicate with each other, and
gave their captives only tea and bread
for breakfast and dinner, and a
regular meal for lunch.
QUEEN admits he would retreat in-
to fantasy under the fear that his life
was over. In particular, he would
daydream about a woman whom he
"Why didn't you ask her out," he
says, repeating the words that ran
through his mind at the time. "You
know she waved at you once and you
never waved back."
Six weeks into captivity, Queen
foticed the first symptoms of multiple
sclerosis. He now feels the central
nervous system disorder was caused
by tension he experienced as a
AFTER FIVE months, some of the
hostages were transferred from the
basement to an above-ground room in
the chancellory. Reaching back into
his memory, Queen recalls that day.
"I'll never forget the sight when I
first woke up that morning - real
sunlight. I heard traffic, cars honking
their horns outside," he says.
"I remember also listening to girls,
I guess (they were) going to school
and they were singing little girl
QUEEN WAS the first captive to be
freed, probably because of his
disease. He was released into his
family's hands on July 11, 1980 by or-
der from the Ayatollah.
"It all came so suddenly and unex-
pectedly," he recalls. "(The
Iranians). took me to the hospital ...
Martyr's Hospital -ii was called."
Today, the only visible evidence of
his captivity is the black cane on
which he leans when walking. Queen
says he harbors no bitterness towards
his captors. His voice trails off when
he says that among the militant
students "there were some decent
ones, but then there were some who
NOR DOES he blame the Carter
administration for its foiled attempt
to rescue the American hostages,
some of whom were held captive 444
"The past is past," he says. "Cer-
tainly, the United States made
mistakes. I don't want to blame
President Carter for that. I met him. I
found him to be one of the most,
decent, honest people I've met."
He says terrorism is difficult to
prevent, and therefore will continue to
occur. "I mean (terrorism is) not
something you can really get at that
quickly, so it's going to remain with
'I mean (terrorism is) not something you
can really get at that quickly, so it's going
to remain with us.'
HE IS reluctant to comment on
recent acts of terrorism in the Middle
East, explaining, "I don't want to
criticize my boss." But he adds
quickly that he is a "thinking patriot"
rather than one who adheres to a
"love it or leave it" stance about the
His dedication to a religious and in-
tellectual life has been strengthened
by the hostage crisis.
"I used to say, 'Oh, Let's go (to
church), it's Easter," he said in an in-
terview before his speech at West
Quad. "When you have everything,
religion tends to fade, I think...
Religion means something when you
think life is over."
AND QUEEN, who left the Univer-
sity doctoral program in history to
take the job in Tehran, now finds him-
self delving into books about
America's past. Currently, he's
reading a book about General William
Sherman entitled The. March to the
Sea and Beyond.
"I read a lot more," Queen says, "I
used to be a fairly good reader, but
now I just bury myself in books. I love
to read, thank God."
Reading has become a pastime for
Queen, since his MS prohibits him
from walking long distances and
drains his energy. At work, daily naps
are a necessity his co-workers under-
Although satisfied with his position
in Toronto, Queen says quietly he is
still struggling to fill in the gap
between his fame as a hostage and
his most basic desires.
"I just want to try to resume my
normal life," he says, smiling
sheepishly. "I was almost married
once. I would love to be married.
"That's what I really want to be -
just married and have a family."
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U.S. official admits spying
BALTIMORE - A former National Security Agency communications
specialist admitted to FBI agents that he has sold extremely sensitive
classified information about U.S. intelligence activities to the Soviet
Union, according to a federal court document filed yesterday.
Ronald Pelton, 44, who worked for the NSA from 1965 to 1979, told the
FBI in an interview Sunday that he met with KGB officer Anatoly Slav-
nov on several occasions from January 1980 through January 1983, said
an FBI affidavit signed by agent David Faulkner.
Pelton was arrested in Annapolis, Md., yesterday and accused of
violating federal law concerning the gathering of defense information for
a foreign government.
Pelton admitted receiving cash payments from the Soviet agent on
several occasions, including a $15,000 payoff as a result of a trip to Vien-
na, Austria, in January 1983, according to the affidavit.
U.S. delays arms to Jordan
WASHINGTON - President Reagan yesterday signed legislation that
formally postpones a $1.9 billion arms sale to Jordan until March 1 unless
Jordan and Israel open meaningful peace talks before then.
Faced with overwhelming opposition in Congress to the sale, Reagan
had been forced earlier to accept the delay of the sale of aircraft missiles
and other weapons.
Reagan, in a written statement, said that between now and March, he
will continue to pursue the goal of "prompt, direct negotiations between
Jordan and Israel.
"I remain equally committed to providing Jordan the defensive arms it
requires," the president said. "These weapons are neither a reward nor
penalty for Jordan's actions, but tangible proof that we remain commit-
ted to providing a good friend of many years with the goods needed to
protect itself during the search for peace in a troubled region."
Bishops assess Vatican II
Council at a special synod
VATICAN CITY - Roman Catholic bishops assessing the impact of the
Second Vatican Council at a special synod are freely airing their views
but will not go back on the council's reforms, two leading cardinals repor-
"The council remains valid, completely valid ... It's impossible to
regress." Cardinal Godfried Danneels of Brussels said at a news con-
ference to explain the work of the two-week gathering.
After a ceremonial opening Sunday, 165 participants in the extraor-
dinary synod called by Pope John Paul II heard Danneels sum up how the
church has fared in the two turbulent decades since the end of the council,
known as Vatican IL
"The implementation of the council reforms exceeded great hopes that
many of the members of the council had at that time," Cardinal John
Krol of Philadelphia said at the news conference.
"The reality is, even from a juridical standpoint, the synod cannot
change,'overturn, retrench,'or amplify the ecumenical council."Asked
repeatedly if a battle was shaping up between conservative and
progressive bishops at the synod, Krol replied, "It's not a boxing match
we are conducting. It is not a conflict."
Singer Smith arraigned for
murder of John Belushi
LOS ANGELES - A woman who has acknowledged injecting comedian
John Belushi with "speedballs" of cocaine and heroin during a three-day
binge before his death was ordered yesterday to stand trial for second-
Cathy Evelyn Smith, a former backup singer and companion to rock
musicians, wept as Municipal Court Judge James Nelson said she must
also be tried on 13 counts of furnishing cocaine and heroin to Belushi, star
of television's "Saturday Night Live" and such films as "Animal House"
and "The Blues Brothers."
Smith's lawyer, Howard Weitzman, contended that she should never
have been charged with murder.
"There's something inherently wrong with the system when a woman is
charged with second-degree murder when she simply acted on the wishes
of another person." Weitzman said outside court.
The judge had said in court: "Surely Mr. Belushi issued the invitation
in this dance, but it is an inherently dangerous dance."
Smith, 38, who was ordered to appear for arraignment Dec. 10, faces a
maximum sentence of eight years and eight months if convicted.
Black family to flee home
PHILADELPHIA - Despite a city offer of protection and support from
civic and church leaders, a black couple have decided to leave a
predominantly white neighborhood after hundreds of protesters deman-
ded that they "beat it," officials said yesterday.
Charles Williams and his wife, Marietta Bloxom, couldn't be reached
yesterday to talk about their plans, which they reportedly disclosed to
city officials on Friday. The couple has previously refused requests for
Last Wednesday, about 400 white demonstrators chanting "we want
them out" and "beat it" gathered outside the southwest Philadelphia row
house where the couple and their 7-year-old daughter moved early in
O.G. Christian, a local official of the National Association for the Ad-
vancement of Colored People, said Williams told Mayor Wilson Goode on
Friday of his intention to move. Christian said Goode encouraged
Williams to stay, and offered around-the-clock police protection.
Yesterday was the fourth day of calm in the neighborhood under an
emergency declaration issued Friday by Goode. Following two suc-
cessive nights of demonstrations, he banned gatherings of more than four
people except for religious or recreational purposes.
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