July 03, 2007

Capozzola, RIP

I was sad to hear this morning about the death of James Capozzola, a Philadelphia native and one of the very first prominent political bloggers at the old Rittenhouse Review site. Capozzola, a sometime political candidate, succumbed to an undisclosed illness last night at the age of 44.

I never met Jim, but I do have one very endearing memory of him. More than 4 years ago, my best friend Lil B went to a bloggers' gathering in Philly, met Capozzola, and later described him on his blog as looking like a "40-ish Italian hipster." Capozzola later gleefully reproduced this exchange on his high-traffic blog.

Meanwhile, a long-defunct right-wing blog called Babylonian Musings decided to criticize Capozzola because of his decision to "give prominent display to some sycophantic third-rate blogger refer to him as a "40-ish Italian hipster.'"

I'm happy to say that that "sycophantic third rate blogger" was the best man in my wedding, and that that "40-ish Italian hipster" was an early pioneer of the blogosphere who will very much be missed.

Posted by Stephen Silver at July 3, 2007 01:18 PM

I too will miss that 40-ish Italian hipster. And is the AIDS closet really still that deep in 2007?

Posted by: LilB at July 5, 2007 02:08 PM
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