It had been 17 months of anxiety and uncertainty. While his father, David P. Jacobsen, remained a hostage of Muslim extremists in West Beirut, Eric Jacobsen of Huntington Beach, the oldest son, steadfastly crusaded for the release of Americans held captive in Lebanon.
But the oppressive worry turned into unrestrained joy for Eric Jacobsen and his brother and sister when their father, the administrator of the hospital at the American University of Beirut, was released last week.
With a tearful embrace, David Jacobsen was reunited with his three children in Wiesbaden, West Germany, at the flag-festooned U.S. Air Force Medical Center. After a stopover in Washington, all were expected to fly home to Southern California today.
"I waited a long time for this day . . . a day of joy with my kids. . . . I want to thank God," the bearded Jacobsen said in a quavering voice, as loudspeakers blared a song composed by his sons.