(Birth date unknown) - December 7, 2016
According to a Dec. 9, 2016 U-T
story by Logan Jenkins:
"In the ‘60s, Tom Missett, Bill’s brother, was hired at age 26 to publish the Oceanside Blade-Tribune
(later the Blade-Citizen
). He soon hired his brother, a hard-boiled reporter, to be the editor....
"One was nitro and the other glycerine, former U-T
surf writer Terry Rodgers, a Blade
"Tom was the salesman who could sell an ad to a car dealer on life support. His writing was limited to checks. “Bill’s raison d’etre,” Rodgers recalled, “was old-school, smash-mouth muckraking journalism.”
Jenkins on Missett's death:
"After a prolonged chronic illness that caused him acute pain, the 77-year-old writer smoked a bowl with friends, watched the sunset, and went inside to quietly end his life."