Minnesotan looks back on Iranian hostage crisis Minnesota native L. Bruce Laingen was charge d'affaires of the American Embassy in Iran when radicals took over the building and held 52 Americans hostage from November 1979 to January 1981. Laingen joins Midday to talk about his experience during the hostage crisis.11:00 a.m.
L. Bruce Laingen: President of the American Academy of Diplomacy. He served in the U.S. Navy in World War II and in the U.S. Foreign Service from 1949 to 1987. From 1977 to 1979, he served as the U.S. Ambassador to Malta. He was charge d'affaires of the American Embassy in Iran before being held hostage in the Iranian hostage crisis from 1979 to 1981.
'Covering the 2008 Election: Perspective from the Frontlines' Mark Halperin, author of "The Undecided Voter's Guide to the Next President" and editor-at-large and senior political analyst for Time Magazine, appeared as part of the St. Paul Public Library's "Saint Paul-itics" to give a speech titled, "Covering the 2008 Election: Perspective from the Frontlines."12:00 p.m.