Norman Corwin

When Norman Corwin was in his 80s, he was in the habit on Sunday mornings of phoning his father, who asked his son the same question every time: "Norman, are you keeping an active mind?" No one kept a more active mind than Corwin, the poet laureate of radio, who died Oct. 18 at 101. And no one had a longer, stronger love affair with America. From his trailblazing radio plays in the '30s and '40s, Corwin celebrated, in lofty prose and street-corner colloquialism, the American promise and the American people. No wonder President Franklin Roosevelt called on him at the...

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