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Himan Brown, legendary producer of radio dramas such as "Inner Sanctum Mysteries," "CBS Radio Mystery Theater" and "The Adventures of the Thin Man," died June 4 at his home in Manhattan. He was 99.

Mr. Brown had been telling stories on the radio since radio was the world's most cutting-edge communication technology. As that golden age faded, giving way to television, videos and later the Internet, Mr. Brown remained steadfast:

"I am firmly convinced that nothing visual can touch audio," he said in 2003. "I don't need 200 orchestra players doing the 'Ride of the Valkyries.' I don't need car chases. I don't need mayhem. All I need to do is creak the door open, and visually your head begins to go. The magic word is imagination."

Mr. Brown's CBS Radio Mystery Theater won the George A. Peabody Award in 1975, and he was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1990.

Robert Healy, 84, a longtime Boston Globe editor who served as the paper's Washington bureau chief, died June 5 of a stroke at his home in Jupiter, Fla.

Mr. Healy started as a copy boy and rose to become the Globe's executive editor, second in command at the paper. He also served as a columnist. A D.C. insider, he was close with a passel of politicians, especially the Kennedy family; his name reportedly appeared on Richard Nixon's enemies list.

By Emma Brown  |  June 7, 2010; 9:18 AM ET
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