|Jack Popejoy, KFWB / KNX Radio on Jan. 22, 2011|
at RTNA Golden Mike Awards event. He died Sunday.
When I lost my house in the Jan. 17, 1994 Northridge Earthquake, I became more acquainted with Jack Popejoy, not only as a newsman at KFWB, later KNX Radio, but as an avid listener. I covered earthquakes when I worked for NBC Mutual News, AP Radio and UPI Radio networks, but there's nothing like having Jack Popejoy remind us how to prepare, what to do and how to save yourself.
The last time I saw Jack Popejoy was at the Radio TV News Associations (RTNA) Golden Mike Awards program last month
I only snapped one photo, and never thought it would be the last time I saw him. He was an amazing newsman, could read copy cold during such breaking news as the Rodney King officiers beating trial to horrific events in Los Angeles Riots. Whenever an earthquake struck anywhere in the world, Jack could talk about them as it happened in our backyard, scientifically and in layman's terms. Even when I worked as media relations manager at The Gas Company Jack Popejoy was the go to guy to get the word out on the Northridge Earthquake, damage and aftershocks.
Several organizations he belong to have issued statements and his colleagues, coworkers, friends and family are all in mourning, including myself. Can someone please push the "Stop Good guys from dying" button. This makes three friends I have lost since December, and the second Jack, too.