Home Sweet Home

Donald Cooke (right) is welcomed at Memphis International Airport (from left): Mayor Wyeth Chandler, Gov. Lamar Alexander, Ernest Cooke (his father) and Shelby County Mayor Bill Morris. Cooke, the former vice consul at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, was held hostage for 444 days before being released, along with the other hostages, two weeks earlier. (James Shearin/The Commercial Appeal files)

January 21, 1981

Look, there he is. Oh, that’s great. Look, he’s waving. He’s waving ... That’s Donald. He’s the one who gets off the plane with the two 'V for victory' signs and kissing everyone in sight.

— Memphian Dr. Ernest Cooke, celebrating as his son, Donald — one of 52 American hostages held in Iran for 444 days — exits a plane to safety.