Bill Cater Wiki – Bill Cater Bio
Bill Cater is a Former of Sunday Times Magazine assistant editor and Sunday Times deputy managing editor William “Bill” Cater has died aged 95.
Bill Cater Age
He was 95 years old.
Bill Cater Wife & Children
Cater married Joyce Simcock in 1947 after they met in the evening classes he took to catch up on his education, cut short at 11 due to poor vision. She survives him along with a son and two daughters.
Bill Cater Work Career
Cater’s career in journalism began when forces rejected him during the war because of his poor eyesight and told him to “go away and do something useful.” He joined South London Press as a reporter for ten years before breaking into Fleet Street in the News Chronicle as a deputy editor of Holiday Help.
At that time money was tight and he had to attend an interview, so he bought a new rain pot because he couldn’t afford a decent suit and he wouldn’t be asked to take off his coat in an interview. A few hours later he called his wife. He got the vacation relief job and started working, so he had to remove his mac. For nine months he worked for the local newspaper per day, followed by a night shift on Fleet Street. Finally, he could not take more than 18 hours and told the night editor that he had assumed he was on the permanent payroll. The job was hers, along with a nice raise.
The News Chronicle was his kind of place, so when the Daily Express called to want to interview him, he decided to go, but he went off the market. They offered him the job and the money he asked for. He spoke to the editor of the News Chronicle in hopes that he would be asked to stay, but told him to accept the job. Three weeks later, journalists reported to work and found the doors closed and the Chronicle no longer existed. The publisher had done him a great favor.
Cater joined the Daily Express as a deputy editor and then, thanks to his ability to pick the right words and fit them into the age of unforgiving hot metal, he became a front page splash sub. But he was becoming a writer of features that gave him more pleasure, whether it was writing about the new idea of having seat belts in cars (after visiting the lab testing the belts, he went home and immediately ordered them to his car) or interviewed Eric and Julia Morley of Miss World fame and particularly JRR Tolkien.
Bill joined the Sunday Times Magazine as an assistant editor in the time of Harold Evans when there was a standard of style and excitement not seen before. Photographers like Don McCullin and Anthony Armstrong-Jones – Princess Margaret’s husband Lord Snowdon – were kings in this era and Bill worked with Snowdon several times.
Bill Cater Death
Bill Cater has died aged 95.