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October 27, 1991 | RON HARRIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After an emotional late-night welcoming reception complete with bands, chorus and greetings from the governor and mayor, freed hostage Jesse (Jon) Turner spent a quiet first day back in his hometown Saturday, relaxing with his family and trying to forget his nearly five years of captivity. "He doesn't want to talk about it or remember it," said his Lebanese wife, Badr, who married the Beirut University professor just six months before he was taken hostage in Lebanon in 1987.
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December 6, 1991 | MARLENE CIMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jesse (Jon) Turner has some gentle words for Terry Anderson to remember in the days that follow the newly released hostage's first meeting with the daughter he had never known. "Go slow," Turner said. "Don't expect too much too soon. You can't expect her to go 'Oh, Daddy! Daddy!' as if you'd just come back from the store. Let her approach you. Don't rush her. It takes time." Turner, who returned to his Boise, Ida.
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October 20, 1990 | JON NALICK
Three-year-old Joanne Turner has never seen her father, Jonathon. He has been held hostage in Beirut since 1987, shortly before she was born. But soon, Jonathon (Jesse) Turner may get his first glimpse of his daughter in a videotaped family celebration held in his honor, which may be televised internationally on Cable News Network within the next few days, a CNN spokesman said.
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October 27, 1991 | RON HARRIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After an emotional late-night welcoming reception complete with bands, chorus and greetings from the governor and mayor, freed hostage Jesse (Jon) Turner spent a quiet first day back in his hometown Saturday, relaxing with his family and trying to forget his nearly five years of captivity. "He doesn't want to talk about it or remember it," said his Lebanese wife, Badr, who married the Beirut University professor just six months before he was taken hostage in Lebanon in 1987.
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October 26, 1991 | From Associated Press
Jesse Turner, held captive in the Middle East for 4 1/2 years, returned to his hometown with his family on Friday, still striving to maintain privacy in the most public of homecomings. The 44-year-old mathematics professor landed in Boise shortly after 11 p.m. (10 p.m. PDT) Friday. He was greeted by Mayor Dirk Kempthorne and ushered into a limousine for the 10-minute trip to the Statehouse and a homecoming celebration with fireworks and a marching band.
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December 6, 1991 | MARLENE CIMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jesse (Jon) Turner has some gentle words for Terry Anderson to remember in the days that follow the newly released hostage's first meeting with the daughter he had never known. "Go slow," Turner said. "Don't expect too much too soon. You can't expect her to go 'Oh, Daddy! Daddy!' as if you'd just come back from the store. Let her approach you. Don't rush her. It takes time." Turner, who returned to his Boise, Ida.
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June 24, 1989 | From United Press International
A Lebanese news magazine said Friday that one of nine Americans held hostage in Lebanon by pro-Iranian extremists has died in captivity. There was no independent confirmation of the report in Ash Shiraa, a weekly magazine that first broke the story of the Iran-U.S. arms-for-hostages deal in 1986. Ash Shiraa, however, has published several reports on the hostages that proved unfounded. In the report, which did not name its sources, Ash Shiraa said "an American hostage died some time ago."
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April 23, 1990 | MICHAEL ROSS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With his hands bound and a gun pointed at his head, Alann Steen turned to his wife and said, "Don't worry darling, it's only a demonstration." They were the last words Virginia Steen heard from her husband on the day, more than three years ago, that he was abducted from the campus of Beirut University College along with three fellow academics, Americans Robert Polhill, Jesse Turner and Indian-born U.S. resident Mithileshwar Singh, who was later freed.
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April 24, 1990 | ROBIN WRIGHT and JAMES GERSTENZANG, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Syrian officials have notified the United States to expect the release of another American hostage by Friday, barring unforeseen circumstances and delays of the sort that accompanied Robert Polhill's release, a Bush Administration source said Monday. The source said he does not know if the alert involves one of the two Americans still held by the Islamic Jihad for the Liberation of Palestine, the group that released Polhill on Sunday. Other militant Islamic groups hold five other Americans.
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April 19, 1990 | NICK B. WILLIAMS Jr., TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pro-Iranian militants holding three American professors hostage in Beirut said Wednesday that one would be freed within 48 hours, signaling a possible breakthrough in the tortuous hostage drama.
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October 26, 1991 | From Associated Press
Jesse Turner, held captive in the Middle East for 4 1/2 years, returned to his hometown with his family on Friday, still striving to maintain privacy in the most public of homecomings. The 44-year-old mathematics professor landed in Boise shortly after 11 p.m. (10 p.m. PDT) Friday. He was greeted by Mayor Dirk Kempthorne and ushered into a limousine for the 10-minute trip to the Statehouse and a homecoming celebration with fireworks and a marching band.
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October 25, 1991 | RON HARRIS and TRACY SHRYER, TTMES STAFF WRITERS
The parents of freed U.S. hostage Jesse (Jon) Turner returned to the United States on Thursday after angry State Department officials made them persona non grata at their son's hospital room in Germany, saying they violated Turner's privacy by giving a videotape of their reunion to CBS-TV, which broadcast it.
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October 24, 1991 | TAMARA JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Daddy?" The question came from a hopeful 4-year-old with red ribbons in her hair. "Yes, sweetheart," replied Jesse Turner, and with that tender exchange, another freed American hostage began his life again. He started by celebrating Thanksgiving. It didn't matter that it was Wednesday instead of Thursday, or October instead of November, or even that it was Germany instead of America.
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October 23, 1991 | TAMARA JONES and KIM MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Jesse Turner, the American mathematics professor who was freed after nearly five years of captivity in Lebanon, arrived here Tuesday for medical tests and secret debriefings before heading home at last. Turner, 44, of Boise, Ida., walked with a slight stoop but was described as being in "basically good physical condition" as he entered the U.S. Air Force hospital here about 4:45 p.m.
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October 22, 1991 | RON HARRIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite conflicting reports on whether Middle East hostage Jesse (Jon) Turner, 44, had actually been freed Monday, his family began to believe what previous experience told them they shouldn't--that their long ordeal was coming to an end. Finally, after hours of differing reports, the news was relayed that Turner was safe in Damascus, according to Syrian officials. It was the news they had waited five years to hear.
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October 22, 1991 | KIM MURPHY and DANIEL WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Jesse Turner, an American professor who was kidnaped nearly five years ago from a Beirut university, was freed Monday and was safe in Damascus early today, Syrian Foreign Ministry officials said. In an earlier statement, U.N. Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar said he had been told that Turner was free. His information came from Giandomenico Picco, the special U.N. assistant handling hostage negotiations, "and we understand that he (Turner) is on his way to Damascus," said U.N.
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October 23, 1991 | TAMARA JONES and KIM MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Jesse Turner, the American mathematics professor who was freed after nearly five years of captivity in Lebanon, arrived here Tuesday for medical tests and secret debriefings before heading home at last. Turner, 44, of Boise, Ida., walked with a slight stoop but was described as being in "basically good physical condition" as he entered the U.S. Air Force hospital here about 4:45 p.m.
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October 19, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The wife of American hostage Jesse Turner was invited by his Shiite Muslim kidnapers Friday to come to Lebanon to visit him, and she said she hopes to make the trip within a few days. The Islamic Jihad for the Liberation of Palestine made the announcement in a brief statement sent to the Beirut independent newspaper An Nahar and a Western news agency. The statement arrived with a picture of Turner, 44, and of Alann Steen, 52.
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October 21, 1991 | KIM MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Signaling a possible breakthrough in the long-running hostage negotiations, the United Nations said Sunday it expects the release within 24 hours of another American hostage in Lebanon. Later, the Associated Press reported from Beirut that a Shiite Muslim kidnaping faction said it would release an American hostage--either Jesse J. Turner or Alann Steen--within 24 hours.
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October 19, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The wife of American hostage Jesse Turner was invited by his Shiite Muslim kidnapers Friday to come to Lebanon to visit him, and she said she hopes to make the trip within a few days. The Islamic Jihad for the Liberation of Palestine made the announcement in a brief statement sent to the Beirut independent newspaper An Nahar and a Western news agency. The statement arrived with a picture of Turner, 44, and of Alann Steen, 52.
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