What's the pig about? When Carol first
started teaching electricity, she wanted to make it absolutely
clear that this isn't the usual electricity class or book.
What better way to signal that to big gruff plumbers and heating
guys than a pink, toy pig. So Carol starts the electricity
book and each class and with the question: "What does
a basic electrical circuit have in common with a pink toy
pig?" She hopes someone will growl, Nuthin'," because
that's the beginning of participating! She gives that person
a pig sticker as a reward (stick it anywhere you want!) and
says, "This pig has an electrical circuit inside it that
makes it go." She turns on the pig's switch, and continues,
"I'll bet you've had electricity classes before and already
know the three parts of this pig's circuit. What are they?"
After a number of classes she decided to stop using the pig.
Right away someone complained, "Where's the pig? We heard
there's a pig." So, after all these years, the pig still
begins each class. And Carol has become known as "The
The name P.I.G. Press represents two things. It stands for
the Practical-Is-Good series of technical books, because technical
training needs to be practical rather than just theoretical.
And, in the spirit of the battery-powered pink plush toy pig,
it honors the fact that we're often better learners when we
lighten up and play a little.