(KMOV.com) – As Channel 4 celebrates the 60th anniversary, in the 1980’s St. Louis buzzed when Iran released 52 American hostages, including Washington, Missouri’s Rocky Sickmann and Channel 4 was there to welcome him home.
In January of 1981, Sickmann arrived at Lambert Airport and even though he was from Washington, Missouri, St. Louis became his adopted hometown. He arrived in an Ozark Airlines plane, specifically outfitted with a giant, yellow ribbon – the national symbol of support during the hostage crisis.
Channel 4’s Al Wiman was at Lambert to grab the first short interview with Sickmann. He asked how he felt to be home.
“It’s like a dream, a dream come true,” Sickmann said, “the celebrating, gathering at the airport.”
Similar receptions were held around the country, but one group of Americans had mixes feelings about the uproar. Vietnam veterans seemed a little bitter, believing the hostages didn’t deserve the warm welcome. One veteran said he was called a baby killer when he returned home.
Sickmann married his girlfriend, raised a family and enjoyed a successful career with Anhueser-Busch.