Yesterday morning I got a text from my friend Stephanie White that said, simply, “Sad news about Tony.” I hadn’t heard any news but I knew which “Tony” she meant. I know several Tonys but THE Tony is and has always been Tony Trupiano.
I went to Facebook and quickly saw what I was terrified that I would see: Tony Trupiano had passed away.
Tony had been sick for quite some time but I had learned recently that he had been able to resume eating solid food and seemed to be improving. So the news came as a shock and it has taken me 24 hours to be able to write about it.
I was first introduced to Tony in 2011 through our mutual friend Pam O'Neil Emery. Tony was doing a radio show called “First Shift with Tony Trupiano” that focused on progressive issues with an emphasis on labor. Christine Barry from the now-defunct website Blogging for Michigan and I alternated weeks doing a segment called “Blog Role”. My first “appearance” took place as I was en route to Netroots Nation in Minneapolis. I pulled over at a truck stop to do the 30-minute segment from my car.