An Increasingly Distant Time

Today is a terrible anniversary: 25 years ago, on December 21, 1988, Pan Am 103 was blown up in the sky over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing 270 people.

Among the murdered were a group of Syracuse University study-abroad students returning to the U.S. As a university student myself then, Pan Am’s destruction made an inestimable impression on me. I flew Pan Am in those days, and my first visit to Europe (to France) had been earlier in the year, in January 1988.

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