Michigan Remembers 9‑11

Marc Scott Zeplin, 33; graduated from the University of Michigan, BBA and MBA, and worked as a vice president, Cantor Fitzgerald, at the World Trade center. At U-M he was a broadcaster for Michigan sports. Marc’s son would later attend the University of Michigan.  His friend and Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity brother, Larry Polatsch was also killed on September 11, 2001.  Their names are listed together on Panel N-27 at the North Pool 9-11 Memorial. 

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on January 13, 2002

When Marc Zeplin was 4, his father took him to his first Rangers game. There, he found his calling.

Throughout his childhood, his mother would come upon him in the living room, playing an entire hockey game by himself while calling the play-by-play. He would hit the puck and run to the other side of the room to protect the goal. Meanwhile, he would announce his moves at the top of his lungs. Afterward, at the dinner table, he would recap the game in his imitation of Howard Cosell’s grating baritone.

When he went to the University of Michigan, he broadcast the games on the school radio station. His dream, said Leona Zeplin, his mother, was to be a professional sportscaster. But he was enough of a realist to know how slim his chances were.

Instead, he became a trader at Cantor Fitzgerald, entertaining clients with his sports chatter. And he looked forward to sharing years of Rangers games and sports talk with his two sons. With Ryan, the eldest, turning 3, Mr. Zeplin had already made plans to take him to his first Rangers game.