Women of Lockerbie at University of South Carolina

Kathy Tedeschi

A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to talk to the cast and crew of the University of South Carolina (USC) production of "The Women of Lockerbie". I told them about Lockerbie since I have been there 7-8 times, and about the people I have gotten to know over there: my experiences there. I think the students got the full picture of how we all have such lasting friendships from this. I also took several props. I took Professor Mason's book and passed that around, with the photos of Pan Am 103 marked in the book. I took several of the programs from our Memorial Services at the Arlington Cairn and from SU Remembrance week, and my picture of President Clinton and my daughter, Melanie Daniels, at the Dedication of the Cairn.

The attached photo was taken after I saw their play on opening night, Nov. 20, 2014. They did a superb job. The play is a fiction play based on the fact that the women in Lockerbie did wash the clothing of the victims before that clothing was sent back to the victims' families. The action took place on Dec. 21, 1995, and was about several women from Lockerbie and a couple from NJ who had lost their only child from SU in Pan Am 103. The couple was trying to come to grips with losing their son without receiving his body or any of his things. The women wanted to do the washing to replace the hate that had caused the disaster with love, but they were dealing with their own problems, too, which played into this scenario. It was a very emotional play but, I think, very good. It has to be remembered that it is fiction only based on fact and there was no victim named Adam Livingstone. One of the Lockerbie women was dealing with her own demons, too, because she also had her own personal losses.

I was crying throughout the play. I was sitting with my sister and I knew she was crying, too. But then she had known and loved my husband Bill, who was killed on Pan Am 103, and lived through the last 26 years, too. But I heard the young woman on the other side of me sobbing, too! It was quite a play!

I think the best things about this play are that it is relevant today because we are still dealing with terrorism today. We still have ISIS or ISIL or any of the other groups or homegrown individuals out there. It did have a wonderful message about love replacing hate. But for me, the best thing was that these young actors and crew were born after 1988. None of them would have ever known anything about Pan Am 103 except for doing this play.