I was stunned and shocked and disbelieving when I logged onto the front page of the Santa Cruz Sentinel. These words could not be true: KPIG's founder and program director, Laura Ellen Hopper, dies at 57.
It's been some years since I've seen Laura Ellen, but every day of my life, I think of her, and her husband, Frank Caprista, because of the Benevolent Pig who gazes down in our living room, pictured here above. She's been hanging there since 1998, when Laura Ellen and Frank came to our house for a rare occasion: I was throwing myself a birthday party. They brought the pig for me, and we cleared away the spot of honor for this beautiful ceramic deity.
You may have heard of KPIG, but I don't know how far away you are, or how much you can appreciate a small independent radio station has stayed on the air, true to the vision of its founder, stalwart and stubborn and not taking nothin' off no one.