Chandler Laughlin, better known as the iconoclastic radio commentator Travis T. Hipp has passed from this reality at his home in Silver City, Nevada. Travis could be heard every morning on KVMR, giving us his unique angle on the events of the day.
I first heard Travis on KZAP, delivering a report on the exploits of cartoonist and fellow rabble rouser Dan O’Neill at the Ogalala Sioux occupation of Wounded Knee in 1973. Little did I know at the time that my life would eventually be intertwined with O’Neill, and by that association, Travis. I met him at the 1984 Democratic convention in San Francisco and he and Dan visited me several times in Nevada City.
We may never hear his gravelly voice again on the morning commute, but his spirit will be with us always. Rest in peace, Chandler, you earned it.