PHIL FRANK, 64
Political cartoonist Phil Frank, whose whimsical drawings graced the San Francisco Chronicle for three decades, died Wednesday of a brain tumor. The creator of "The Elderberries" and "Farley" - one of the country's last remaining regional comic strips - had been ill for several months, said colleague and friend Carl Nolte.
Since 1975, Mr. Frank's alter ego and cartoon protagonist was a newspaper reporter named Farley who both epitomized and lampooned life in Northern California. The wild-haired character worked at The Daily Requirement and socialized with a smart-mouthed crew of feral cats and a raven named Bruce.
At Michigan State University in the early 1960s, Mr. Frank responded to an ad in the student paper to draw daily political cartoons for $5 each - and his cartoons soon became syndicated at college papers.
After school he became a writer and cartoonist for Hallmark Cards. He moved to California in the 1970s.
AUGIE HIEBERT, 90 Broadcast pioneer
Augie Hiebert, a broadcast pioneer who built Alaska's first television station and mentored future generations of broadcasters, died Thursday in an Anchorage Hospital.
Mr. Hiebert had been feeling weak and was recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, said family friend Al Bramstedt Jr., a fellow broadcaster.
He built Alaska's first TV station - KTVA in Anchorage - in 1953, offering local news as well as popular entertainment programs and feature films. He brought television to Fairbanks two years later.
Fascinated by electronics, Mr. Hiebert built and licensed his first ham radio in Bend, Ore., at age 15.
He landed his first radio job in Wenatchee, Wash., after graduating from high school, and moved on to a job as an announcer and engineer for a radio station in Bend. That job led him to Alaska when he followed a colleague who left in 1939 to build KFAR radio in Fairbanks.