Once upon a time a writer, Cal Fussman, and an artist, Lucy Schaeffer, got together and wrote a book, The Guest Who Threw Tomatoes.
It tells the witty story of Pepe, who comes to visit the Sapikowski family from his home in Spain. Here are a few paragraphs from an excerpt published online:
Adam knew it was special to have a Spanish guest because his parents allowed him to stay up until 10 o’clock to pick up Pepe at the airport.
As they waited, Mr. Sapikowski pulled out a little Spanish dictionary and practiced saying the word “hola.” That means “hello” in Spanish(...)
“Hola,” Mr. Sapikowski said.
“Hola,” Pepe replied. “You are longer than a day without bread.”
Now, Mr. Sapikowski was a very tall man (emphasis added ~ S.H.). But he had never heard anyone say that about him before...
At least according to his bio from the site promoting the book, Cal Fussman lived in Chapel Hill, North Carolina at the time he wrote the text.
Today the Sapikowski name is in the news [Google search]. The Sapikowski family of Chapel Hill, to be exact. The Sapikowskis who have a son named Adam, who would have been about 11 or 12 when The Guest Who Threw Tomatoes was written.
From unchockey.com; UNC Ice Hockey Announces Inaugural Carolina Invitational Tournament:
Chapel Hill (Friday, 8th, April, 2005) – J.D. Sapikowski, Head Coach of UNC’s hockey program, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, announces sponsorship and participation in the Inaugural Carolina Invitational Hockey Tournament to be played in Hillsborough, North Carolina, Oct 14th, 15th and 16th of 2005...
"JD" Sapikowski was James Sapikowski... Sapikowski ran businesses, but his passion had to have been hockey.
He won't be at that October tournament.
Also found at the site:
The Ice Hockey team at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is deeply saddened and shocked by the loss of our head coach, Jim Sapikowski...