Coming home in a body bag

Monday, April 9th, 2001 - 4:53 am PDT

The Rev. Brendan Powell Smith returned home to the U. S. today in a body bag. “I was a little strapped for cash,” said Smith, “so I had my bandmate Lila check me in as baggage on our flight home.”  Asked how he survived a fourteen hour flight in the unpressurized cargo area of the plane, zipped in a bag, Smith replied, “I just thought happy thoughts… you know, for those first few seconds before I blacked out.”