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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Visits An Old Friend

From: Michelle Chang
Length: 03:13

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits Novato, California, where he visited his former host family mother, Ms. Libba Patterson.

Default-piece-image-0 Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary-General, visited the San Francisco Bay Area in late July 2007 to meet with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and to highlight global climate change issues. And Ban?s visit also had a personal side. In 1962, a Bay Area family took in a young Ban as an exchange student.

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Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary-General, visited the San Francisco Bay Area in late July 2007 to meet with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and to highlight global climate change issues. And Ban?s visit also had a personal side. In 1962, a Bay Area family took in a young Ban as an exchange student.

Broadcast History

KQED 88.5 FM San Francisco, CA, aired August 2, 2007

Transcript

In 1962, the American Red Cross held an international English-language essay contest. They put out a call to their staff members to host the winners. One of those who volunteered was Libba Patterson, who worked in their offices in a San Francisco suburb. She was assigned Ban Ki-moon -- a high school senior from South Korea who was making his first trip to America.

ACT 1: PATTERSON: He was very mature for 18 and pretty much was - had his goals already set in what he would like to do with his life. And it's amazing how he wanted to learn on this trip. There was nothing frivolous about him as a usual 18 teenager.

The teenager confided to the Patterson family that his ambition was to become a diplomat, and represent South Korea abroad.

AMB 1: clicking cameras, hubbub (to run throughout rest of piece)

Forty-five years later, Secretary-General Ban was in San Francisco to...
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Timing and Cues

Ban was in the San Francisco Bay area last week to meet with Governor Arnold Schwarznegger and highlight nn climate change issues.

And Ban?s visit also had a personal twist. In 1962, a Bay area family took in a young Ban as an exchange student. Michelle Chang has this report.