Bali tourist returns home

The Associated Press
Thursday October 17, 2002

LOS ANGELES — An Orange County tourist who narrowly avoided being caught in the deadly Bali nightclub bombing that killed his friend returned to California on Wednesday, breaking into sobs as people told him, “It’s good to have you back.” 

John Frederick Parodi Jr. was in Indonesia with surfing buddies Steven Cabler and Steve Webster to celebrate Webster’s 41st birthday when Webster was killed along with nearly 200 other people in Saturday’s explosion. Cabler, 42, was injured. Parodi, who decided to return to his hotel early and was not in the club when it blew up, was not hurt. 

His eyes brimming with tears, Parodi told reporters at Los Angeles International Airport that the three had befriended two Indonesian men who rallied to help when the blast occurred.