HOW DARK AND STORMY WAS IT? : 'Not Nice to Meet You' WENDY HASKETT, Wendy Haskett, of Cardiff, teaches creative writing at MiraCosta College. Her age, however, is a mystery. "My students play guessing games about my age," she says. One clue: She has a 32-year-old son
HOW DARK AND STORMY WAS IT? : 'Slug-Ra' BARTT WARBURTON, Bartt Warburton, 33, of North Hollywood, teaches preschoolers at the Neighborhood School and the Oakdale School in the Valley. He also illustrates children's books. and
Keeping School Dropouts From Dropping Out on Life FRED WILLIAMS, Fred Williams is head of the Cross Colours Common Ground Foundation, a nonprofit group that works with youths who have dropped out of school or are in danger of doing so. The organization tries to instill leadership qualities in the teen-agers and channel them back to the classroom. The Cross Colours clothing company has provided some funding since 1991. The Watts-based organization also mediates in home or gang conflicts. Williams was interviewed by Donna Mungen.
POETRY : Something From Nothing RAY GONZALEZ, Ray Gonzalez' new book of essays is "Memory Fever: A Journey Beyond El Paso del Norte" (Broken Moon Press: 1993). He was a judge in the poetry category of the Times Book Awards
BIOGRAPHY : The Essential Frontiersman TOM CLARK, Tom Clark has written biographies of the American writers Damon Runyon, Jack Kerouac and Charles Olson, and was a judge for the biography prize
FICTION : Those Ideas in the Air MERRILL JOAN GERBER, Merrill Joan Gerber's new collection of stories, "This Old Heart of Mine: The Best of Merrill Joan Gerber's Redbook Stories," was published this month by Longstreet Press. She was a judge in the fiction category
Take Time to Review Fire Insurance From a Times Staff Writer; This story is adapted from an article that was published in the Real Estate section in July, 1990, shortly after a series of wildfires destroyed 500 homes in Southern California