KABC radio personalities Ken Minyard and Bob Arthur got a surprise call on the air this morning from former hostage David P. Jacobsen, who told them that memories of their show had helped keep him in good spirits during his 17 months of captivity in Lebanon.
"EGBOK, Ken and Bob," Jacobsen greeted them, employing the word (pronounced egg-bock) the acronym the radio duo coined from their show's motto, "Everything's gonna be OK."
"I was released because of my faith in God and in EGBOK," said Jacobsen, who used to listen to the morning "Ken & Bob Co." show when he lived in Huntington Beach.
It was not the first time a Southern California hostage had paid tribute to the EGBOK philosophy. Last year Thomas Murry of Newbury Park was held captive in Beirut for 20 days after the TWA jetliner on which he was riding was hijacked. In a letter to his family he wrote, "As Ken and Bob say, 'EGBOK.' "