Seth MacFarlane, The Brains Behind 'Family Guy', Missed One Of The Doomed 9/11 Flights
This is one of those things that you either know or you don't. Seth MacFarlane, the creator of Family Guy, was originally supposed to be on one of the flights that hit the Twin Towers back in 2001.
You may have seen the Family Guy episode, 'Grumpy Old Man' (season 10, episode 9), where in a cutaway scene, a man approaches the burning buildings and expresses his delight about watching football late into the night, making him late, which in turn saved his life. Turns out this isn't plucked out of nowhere.
In an interview with Rove McManus, he said: "I was booked on the first flight that hit the tower and I was drinking the night before, overslept a little bit in conjunction with the fact that my travel agent screwed up the itinerary by about 15 minutes, so I arrived 10 minutes late to get on the plane."
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He also spoke to Piers Morgan (I know right?!) about the story and elaborated:
"I got to the counter. And I said, yes, I'm booked on Flight 11. And the woman behind the counter said, you know, you're too late. They just closed the gate. And I said, all right. Well, you know, I'll take the 11:00.
"Went into the lounge, fell asleep, woke up about 45 minutes later to a commotion, and the first plane had hit. And sat there and watched the second plane hit. And they announced what flight it was. And I turned to the guy next to me and said, 'my God, that was the flight I was supposed to be on. I was late. I missed it.'"