Tina Jordan
March 15, 1991 AT 05:00 AM EST

Forgotten: A Sister's Struggle to Save Terry Anderson, America's Longest-held Hostage

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Peggy Say, Peter Knobler
Politics and Current Events

We gave it a B+

When three armed men snatched AP correspondent Terry Anderson from a Beirut street on March 16, 1985, reporters back home descended upon his sister Peggy Say and her family. ”But as fast as the notepads and cameras had arrived, they disappeared. We woke up the next morning and it was as if the whole thing had never happened. We were literally yesterday’s news,” Say writes in Forgotten, her account of the next six years of her brother’s captivity. Determined to keep him and his fellow hostages in the news, Say — a shy ”small-town girl” — began besieging embassies, diplomats, senators, newscasters, even presidents for answers. She writes candidly about her visit to the Pope, her dealings with Oliver North, her meeting in Damascus with Abu Nidal’s right-hand man, her dinner with Yasser Arafat (she nearly caused a scandal when she accidentally followed the PLO leader to the bathroom). Despite Say’s efforts, Anderson remains a prisoner. His captors once told him (in the presence of Father Martin Jenco, a fellow captive who was later released) ”something to the effect of, ‘Boy, your sister really sticks it to the government.”’ B+

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