Rob Hiaasen wrote about snorkeling.
He wrote about his bathouse: "Bats can eat as many as 1 200 insects per hour … And I want to meet the person who talked about a flattery magazine's chow."
He wrote about a conversation with his dog, earle
Among the killed in the shooter was Thursday at the Annapolis Capital Gazette newspaper veteran columnist, editor and journalist teacher, his family said.
Hiaasen, 59, brother of best-selling author and journalist Carl Hiaasen, had been a feature writer at Baltimore Sun for 1
Last, he had been the author of a regular Sunday column.
He lived in Fort Lauderdale and graduated from the University of Florida and had been a reporter for Palm Beach Post and an anchor and journalist on news-talk radio stations in the south.
"I just want people to know what an incredibly gentle, generous and talented boy my brother was," said Carl Hiaasen in a phone call Thursday night. "
" He was an unforgettable warm and unplanned presence like dad and brother, "he said.
" But he had devoted his entire life to journalism, "he said." And he loved that paper. He loved this press room. And he loved the idea of hometown, old-fashioned journalism.
Hiaasen was a floridian and a Marylander, a 6-foot-5 cynic and a softy.
In a new column he wrote about a lost cat:
"First of all, there have been lengthy accusations of me that I am a romantic and sentimentalist (guilty, guilty). So what happens if I can not pass a missing cat / but mostly missing a dog poster and not blinking? So what happens if I always stay in my tracks and spin stories for cats who do not have cats, but mostly dogs?
Have not we gone any time? "
In another column he called the rock star and other Florida-born Tom Petty:
" What is good music? Good music is the music you put on when you're alone or you do not want to be alone, and anyway, the music makes you feel something in your daily work. And if it's not love or heart or dislike or hope, it's close enough. "
Last Mother's Day, he wrote about his late mother:
" As a neutral cinema, she stabbed the chapter of my life in all her messy hopes. She logged in my job changes, relationship changes, address changes, mood changes, hair color changes – her youngest gets gray at 28?! Dear, it looks good to you, she would say. "
And in the last winter's grip he wrote about snorkeling, where he pulled a fence, mask and snorkel, killing his face in a back yard of snow." No marine life was visible, "he concluded." 19659020 "He was a great colleague and a real craftsman when it comes to writing, "said his former editor at Baltimore Sun, William K. Marimow." He appreciated really good writing and worked on every sentence and every word in his stories. "
As for his famous brother Carl, said Marimow: "I think [Rob] really admired his brother, but he wanted to make sure he carved out his own niche. And he did it with great success. "
Carl Hiaasen, 65, said," He was my little brother, but in many ways he was bigger than I am as a person. "
" I have been in this business for 42 years and. . . watching the horror develop on cable news and writing my columns about it and everyone, he says. "And this is a horror that is taking place in this country, it seems like a few weeks."
Rob was also a lecturer at the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
He was the youngest of four children, and is survived by his wife Maria, one son and two daughters, said his brother.
Thursday night, as the fear of his welfare grew, friends wrote his concerns on his Facebook page.
"So worried Rob Hiaasen," wrote one. "Do you want to hear your voice and know you're okay."
"Rob, hope and ask you are you sure," said another.
"Rob would be uncomfortable with me and say this high, but Rob, I love you," wrote a third friend.
In April, he updated his Facebook cover photo.
He stands on a beach with his back against the camera and looks over turquoise waters with dark clouds over his head. He has a blue T-shirt and white cap, and he wears his shoes.
Joe Heim, Arelis R. Hernández and Reis Thebault contributed to this report.