Alexander Filipov: A 9/11 Remembrance

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Al Filipov sailing in Salem Sound, circa 1975. (Credit: David Filipov)
Al Filipov sailing in Salem Sound, circa 1975. (Credit: David Filipov)

Al Filipov of Concord, Massachusetts was traveling from Boston to Los Angeles for a business trip on September 11, 2001. He had arranged to come home three days later to celebrate his 44th wedding anniversary with his wife, Loretta, but Filipov was on American Airlines Flight 11 - the plane that crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

His son, David Filipov, is a reporter for The Boston Globe, and he joins us to remember his father and reflect on the twelve years since the attack.


David Filipov, reporter for The Boston Globe.


Legacy, "'"He made everybody feel like they were his best friend,' said Judy Walpole, the church's business manager. 'He just made you feel like you were the most important person, as though he got up that morning just because he wanted to meet you and talk to you.'"

The Boston Globe, "Every time I see that grainy image of AA11 exploding against the tower, every time I see the thick plumes streaming from the skyscrapers like giant, malevolent balloons, I am watching my dad’s violent death. I do not know how many times I have to see it, but I know I have seen it hundreds of times. And there does not seem to be a way to avoid seeing it, or hearing about it. "

This segment aired on September 11, 2013.


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