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Terry A. Anderson

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The Resume

    (October 27, 1947-April 21, 2024)
    Born in Lorain, Ohio
    Chief Mideast correspondent for Associated Press
    Abducted in Beirut (March 16, 1985)
    Held captive by Hezbollah (1985-91)
    Wrote the memoir 'Den of Lions' (1994)

Why he might be annoying:

    He got his future second wife pregnant while still married to his first wife.
    The day after narrowly escaping one kidnapping attempt, he decided to go out and play tennis, and was abducted at the end of the game.
    He ran unsuccessfully for the Ohio State Senate (2004).
    Despite winning a $26 million judgment against the government of Iran (paid out from frozen Iranian funds), he ended up filing for bankruptcy (2007).

Why he might not be annoying:

    He served with the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War as a combat correspondent.
    He missed the first six years of his youngest daughter's life while held hostage.
    He spent long periods of captivity blindfolded and chained by his wrists and ankles to a bed.
    'Time' called his memoirs a 'classic' about 'surviving degradation with dignity and even humor.'
    He spent part of the money he received from Iran to start the Vietnam Children's Fund, which builds schools in that country, and the Father Lawrence Jenco Foundation (named for a fellow hostage), which supports community service projects in Appalachia.
    His Republican opponent for the State Senate ran ads suggesting Anderson would be weak on terrorism, based on his having forgiven his kidnappers.

Credit: C. Fishel


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Year In Review:

    For 2024, as of last weekly ranking, Out of 2 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2023, Out of 12 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2022, Out of 4 Votes: 25.00% Annoying
    In 2021, Out of 13 Votes: 76.92% Annoying
    In 2020, Out of 4 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2019, Out of 12 Votes: 41.67% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 5 Votes: 100% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 32 Votes: 56.25% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 9 Votes: 44.44% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 31 Votes: 22.58% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 20 Votes: 55.00% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 16 Votes: 56.25% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 24 Votes: 58.33% Annoying