DREAM FACTORIES : Cartoon Character Aaron Betsky, Aaron Betsky, curator of architecture and design at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, is the author of "Building Sex," to be published this spring by William Morrow
South-Central L.A.'s Small Miracle : At 5-Foot-7, Mark Mcmillian Beats the Odds to Become a Starting Defensive Back in the NFL MARK MCMILLIAN, Mark McMillian, 24, was born and raised in South-Central. McMillian is a starting defensive back for the Philadelphia Eagles, and at 5-feet-7, one of the smallest starters in the National Football League. He did not begin playing organized football until he was a senior at Granada Hills' Kennedy High School. He was a Junior College All-American at Glendale College before receiving a scholarship to Alabama. The Eagles selected McMillian in the 10th round in the 1992 draft and he quickly moved from the special teams to the starting lineup in his second season. McMillian says he would like to be a role model for inner-city youths, but because he attended a high school in the Valley, he rarely is asked to speak at local school functions or charity meetings. He hopes to bring his message of working hard to achieve one's goals back to South-Central, which he considers home. McMillian was interviewed by Sean Waters. and
Chechnya Remakes Russian Politics Gregory Freidin, Gregory Freidin, chairman of the Slavic department at Stanford University, is co-author of "Russia at the Barricades: Eyewitness Accounts of the August, 1991, Coup" (M. E. Sharpe Publishers)
Acts of Kindness MAS MASUMOTO, Mas Masumoto is a farmer and author of a forthcoming book, "Epitaph for a Peach."