William Russell Harris, a former managing editor at the old Blade-Citizen and North County Times, died Feb. 21, 2019, The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. He was 64 and had cancer.

Harris’ 35-year news career included stints at newspapers in Kansas and Texas. He joined the Blade-Tribune in Oceanside as Business editor in 1987 and later was managing editor when it was renamed the North County Blade-Citizen. He continued as managing editor when the Blade-Citizen merged with the competing Times Advocate to become the North County Times in 1995. Harris retired in 2010.

“No one was hired into Harris’ newsroom until they took ‘The Mother of All Killer Tests,’” The U-T’s obituary said. “There was no way to ace the test, a collection of trivia, math questions, grammar problems and writing exercises. And yes, you needed to name all Seven Dwarfs.”