- Aug 30, 2011
Pan Am 103 went down. As part of the Syracuse family, let's all take a moment today to remember all those who were lost.
I was a freshman and finished my last final that morning. Was looking forward to going to the game and then home for Christmas. Felt very weird at the game, sort of surreal like at the UCONN game when the first Iraq war broke out.I remember the hoop game that night as well. Very somber in the dome. Cant believe its been 25 years.
I have read most of his books. I loved them and wish they would make some movies out of them. He has no direct connection to Syracuse University. He said in an interview that he graduated from college the year before the Pan Am. incident. In the process of defining the character for Mitch Rapp and what would make someone become a trained assassin , he came up with the concept of making Mitch a Syracuse grad. who loss his fiance in the Pan. Am. bombing.Amazing that 25 years have passed already...
At the risk of diverting your thread, I just started reading the Mitch Rapp series of books by Vince Flynn. Rapp is an off the books CIA counter terrorism operative who is trained to go after and assassinate terrorists. The character Rapp is supposedly a former SU lacrosse All American who is motivated by the loss of his girl friend who was on the Pan Am flight. Flynn died earlier this year. It would seem that he must have had a connection to SU, but I haven't been able to figure it out.
I was at both games as well. It was almost like looking at the game from some far removed location. SU students in one situation and our son in the other.I was a freshman and finished my last final that morning. Was looking forward to going to the game and then home for Christmas. Felt very weird at the game, sort of surreal like at the UCONN game when the first Iraq war broke out.