The strange saga of former North Coast Journal editor Tom Abate has taken a sad turn. Following some odd and allegedly violent behavior, Abate is being held at Sempervirens mental health facility, according to the Arcata Eye.
After launching the NCJ some
30 20 years ago, Abate sold the paper and moved on to big city schooling and reporting. His brief return as editor to the paper in January was tumultuous from the get go because 1) it was sprung on everyone — including then-editor Hank Sims, who was demoted (or not, depending on who you ask) in order to make room for Abate, and 2) Abate’s aggressive introductory interview on KSLG.
“This makes me sad, then angry, then sad, then angry, then sad again, then very very tired,” said Sims via Twitter.