WiFi HiFi is saddened to announce the passing of John Laposky, editor-in-chief of U.S.-based TWICE Magazine, which also produces the CES Daily magazine for the annual CES trade show in Las Vegas. He passed away on April 11 from a sudden illness at the age of 51.
John began working in a freelance capacity as the managing editor of CES Daily during its first year being produced by TWICE in 1994. A year later, TWICE, which is owned by NewBay, hired him on as managing editor of the trade publication, where he continued to work on CES Daily, as well as the magazine and Website. In 2014, he was promoted to editor-in-chief.
He studied journalism at the Lehigh University, and started his career at Spin Magazine. He moved on to work as a publishing assistant for Circulation Management Magazine, then as a copy editor for Home Textiles Today before switching gears to the consumer technology industry.
John was integral to TWICE's growth in launching initiatives like e-mail newsletter, social media accounts, and webinars, says the company. He covered a total of 23 CES events during his tenure at the magazine.
"John's instincts, analysis, and talents have had a huge impact on TWICE and the entire consumer electronics industry," says Steve Palm, CEO of NewBay. "His knowledge, leadership, and friendship will be missed."
Gary Shapiro, President and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), which produces CES, called John a "respected and leading voice in the consumer technology industry," who was "smart, honest, reliable, and trustworthy."
John is survived by his wife Danielle and two sons, Nate (14) and Joe (12).
A funeral will be held on Sunday, April 15 at 11 a.m. at Schoem's Menorah Chapel in New Jersey. Memorial donatinos can be made to several charities, including Phillies Charities, Inc., American Heart Association, and the Tipitinas Foundation.
On behalf of the Canadian consumer technology industry, WiFi HiFi sends our deepest condolences.