Tom McGuninness

Legacy Story Guidelines

Prompts & Questions

Below are helpful and inspirational prompts to assist you with telling your story.

Chapter: The day of the attack 

  • Where were you on December 21, 1988? 
  • How had you spent your time that day before the crash? 
  • How and when did you hear about the destruction of Pan American Flight 103 (Debris falling from the sky, the news media, notified by Pan Am, notified by U.S. or UK authorities)? 
  • Did you know any victims? If so, who?

Chapter: The days following the attack

  • Did you know any victims? If so, who?
  • How have you personally been involved/affected (Lockerbie resident, victims’ family member, Pan Am employee, a first responder, clergy, investigator, prosecutor, news media, other) How did you react or respond? 
  • What became the most challenging or difficult for you during the aftermath of the terrorist attack — both immediate and long-term? 
  • What was your experience with the authorities (U.S., UK, Lockerbie, or Pan American Airline)?
  • Did the authorities give you the help you needed (Notification, identification, return of remains, death certificate, return of personal possessions, victims’ support, assistance during the investigation and pre/ post criminal trial)? 
  • Did you join one of the victims’ groups? Why or why not?

Chapter: The communities that formed as a result of the attack

  • Did you join one of the victims’ groups? Why or why not?
    (e.g. UK Families of Flight 103, Lockerbie Friendship Group, Victims of Pan Am 103, Families of Pan Am 103 Lockerbie, Pan Am Clipper Crew)
  • Did you get involved in supporting efforts to memorialize the victims? 
  • Did you get involved in the activism and advocacy efforts to pursue truth, accountability, and justice? 
  • How have the people you met in the global Pan Am 103 Lockerbie community affected your life?

Chapter: Efforts to memorialize the victims

  • Did you join one of the victims’ groups? Why or why not?
  • Did you get involved in supporting efforts to memorialize the victims? (e.g. Participate in/attend/fund memorial services at Lockerbie Dryfesdale Cemetery, Arlington Cemetery memorial cairn, Syracuse University memorial, Threave Garden of Contemplation and Remembrance, Dark Elegy, Tundergarth Kirks memorial sites, Pan Am Historical Foundation, journalist, documentary filmmaking, artist, author, playwright)

Chapter: Activism and advocacy

  • What was your experience with the authorities (U.S., UK, Lockerbie, or Pan American Airline)?
  • Did the authorities give you the help you needed (e.g. notification, identification, return of remains, death certificate, return of personal possessions, victim support and assistance during the decades of investigation and pre/ post criminal trials)? 
  • Did you get involved in the activism and advocacy efforts to pursue truth, accountability, justice, and change? 

Chapter: Long-term impact of the attack

  • How did the attack impact your life?
  • How have some of the people you met in the global Pan Am 103 Lockerbie community impacted your life?
  • What are some of the positive outcomes over the past 3+ decades?

Other

  • If there is a topic that you would like to speak about that has not been addressed above, please share it here.
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Participation Checklist
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__Review & select optional questions and prompts provided below
__Upload your materials directly AND/OR Schedule an Interview

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