- As he took his pen to the copy of young reporters, Mr. O'Brien was not an intimidator, said longtime colleague and friend Mike Wallace, also a former editor of the Watsonville newspaper.
"He had a presence of quiet authority," said Wallace. "There was no point in arguing with him because you knew he was right."
Mr. O'Brien taught his young scribes the basics of journalism - go out, get the story, bring it back and do your job, said Dan Young, one of those former reporters.
"Just tell the story and get it done," Young said.