Sunday, September 7, 2014

Illustration Friday: Radio

TRAVUS T. HIPP, 1937-2012

There was once an FM radio station in Gilroy, California called KFAT, and it played... well, how would you describe it? Progressive country? Alternative rock? Yeah, that, and a whole lot more. Listening to that station in the late 70s and early 80s is how I first learned of Travus T. Hipp (aka: Chandler Laughlin).

But he had been part of the Bay Area radio scene since 1960... at KSAN, KHIP, KZAP and other places behind call letters.

KFAT became KPIG in the late 80s, and station headquarters relocated over the hill in Freedom, just east of Santa Cruz. KPIG is still in business, and the music is still good, with a mix that guarantees it a preset button on my radio dial.

Travus remained a part of KPIG until his death in 2012, phoning his political commentaries in from Silver City, Nevada. He gave listeners 'all the news you never knew you needed to know--until now.'

William Howard Taft

This guy, William Howard Taft, was the 27th U.S. President. He was born on September 15, 1857, and he will be the subject of the masthead on the 15th of this month, in my ongoing effort to produce a caricature of every person to serve that post and highlight them on their birthday.

Taft was the only man to serve as both a U.S. President and a Supreme Court Chief Justice.

He was a large dude, tipping the scales at around 340 during his presidency. Within a year of leaving office, however, he was able to drop 80 pounds.

He had a pretty epic moustache, too.