Dan Gillmor informs about the dead of his former college:
"Jim Mitchell, a former business editor and columnist of the San Jose Mercury News, died on Monday.
Jim grasped technology's importance as a local story with international impact. Always a gentleman even when we disagreed, he helped me understand Silicon Valley and its people."
Jim Mitchell joint the San Jose Mercury News in 1977 (at that time there where only 3 jounalist in the business department) - we meet first time 1979 at Comdex, Las Vegas - and he was for long a driving force to make make the San Jose Mercury News on of the best in covering the IT and C industry - and technology in general.