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February 1994

A Tribute to Howard E. 'Rocky' Stone

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Baltimore, Md

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1994;120(2):129. doi:10.1001/archotol.1994.01880260003001

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THE STORY on the front page of The Wall Street Journal on October 19, 1979, told of the intriguing career of a retired operative of the Central Intelligence Agency. The former director of the agency, Richard Helms, viewed him as one of the best intelligence agents the United States had ever produced. The Soviet Intelligence Service had classified him as a "master spy." In the words of the article's author, David Ignatius, "for people raised on James Bond novels, Rocky Stone doesn't look like a spy. He doesn't wear stylish clothes. He drinks beer rather than martinis, and then there's the hearing aid...."

For Rocky Stone "the hearing aid" would not be concealed in this story, or in other aspects of his career. Mr Stone, instead, used the opportunity to inform the public of what life with a severe sensorineural hearing loss was about. The article further described Mr Stone's

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