What happened on April 26, 1998
Whom Should We Save First? Dennis Prager, Dennis Prager, the host of a talk show on KABC Radio, is the author of "Happiness Is a Serious Problem" (HarperCollins, 1998). On the World Wide Web: http://www.dennisprager.com
Can Trade Substitute for Liberty? Jacob Heilbrunn, Jacob Heilbrunn, a senior editor at the New Republic, has traveled widely in China
Mexico Must Get Used to Foreign Scrutiny SERGIO AGUAYO QUEZADA, Sergio Aguayo Quezada, a professor at the Colegio de Mexico, is a member of the National Directorate of Alianza Civica, a grass-roots elections monitoring and democracy watchdog group in Mexico
The Risk of Rule by Appointment Steve Scott, Steve Scott is managing editor of California Journal, an independent monthly magazine that covers state government and politics
A Water Boondoggle Wrapped in the Cause of Indian Rights Tom Wolf, Tom Wolf, who teaches ecology at Colorado College, is the author of "The Ice Crusades: Reflections on Cold War and Cold Sport," to be published this year
No Way to Honor a Mentor Paul H. Rosenberg, Paul H. Rosenberg writes about culture and politics for the Christian Science Monitor and the Dallas Morning News
Jack Shakely Steve Proffitt, Steve Proffitt, a contributing editor to Opinion, is director of the JSM+ New Media Lab
The Danger Of Thinking Small Kevin Starr, Kevin Starr, a contributing editor to Opinion, is State Librarian of California and a professor of history at USC. The latest volume of his history of California is "The Dream Endures, California Enters the 1940s."
The U.S. Shouldn't Be Arms Broker ROBERT KUTTNER, Robert Kuttner is co-editor of the American Prospect
Audio ROCHELLE O'GORMAN FLYNN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Inside Vin Scully BILL PLASCHKE, Bill Plaschke is a Times sports columnist
For a Budding Artist and Novelist, Postwar Los Angeles Was a Magic Place WILLIAM WHARTON, William Wharton is the author of "Birdy," "Dad," "A Midnight Clear," all made into feature films, and other novels. He is currently working on "Worth Trying," a sequel to "Birdy."
A Preference for Small Fry NANCY SPILLER, Nancy Spiller's last article for the magazine was about chocolate
The Flight Crew EMORY HOLMES II, Emory Holmes II is a contributor to Calendar
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
Flanders' Seaside Surprise DALE BROWN, Brown, a Virginia-based freelance writer, recently wrote about Istanbul fish cookery for the Travel Section
Dog Days Inn PAUL DEAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER; Dean writes for The Times' Life & Style section
In Touch While Traipsing the World LUCY IZON, Izon is a Toronto-based freelance writer. She can be reached at http://www.izon.com
An Appetite for Sicily HELENE SIEGEL, Siegel is the author of the "Totally Cookbooks" series (Ten Speed Press). She lives in Los Angeles
Coasting in Cantabria LUCRETIA BINGHAM, Bingham is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer who travels often to Spain
Royal Hang-Ups LISA MARLOWE, Marlowe is a freelance writer who lives in Malibu
Blue? Not This Girl Robert Hilburn, Robert Hilburn is The Times' pop music critic
The Dawning of an Old Music Order Josef Woodard, Josef Woodard is an occasional contributor to Calendar
This is Everybody's Life Noel Riley Fitch, Noel Riley Fitch is the author of several biographies. Her latest is "Appetite for Life: The Biography of Julia Child."
Time to Turn the Page Kristine McKenna, Kristine McKenna is a regular contributor to Calendar
A Special Honor for Larrocha Daniel Cariaga, Daniel Cariaga is The Times' music writer
Reprise! Looks for Repeat Success Barbara Isenberg, Barbara Isenberg, a frequent contributor to Calendar, is the author of "Making It Big: The Diary of a Broadway Musical."
A World Captured on Silver Christopher Knight, Christopher Knight is a Times art critic
Record Rack Def Jam/ PolyGram Brett Johnson
King Karl Charles Champlin, Charles Champlin is the retired arts editor of The Times
The Gambler PETER BISKIND, Peter Biskind is the author of "Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-and Rock 'n' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood."
The Alibi of Art ROGER SHATTUCK, Roger Shattuck is the author of several books, including "The Banquet Years: The French Avant-Garde Before World War I," "Forbidden Knowledge" and "The Innocent Eye: On Modern Literature & the Arts." His essay is a revised version of the second annual Irving Howe Memorial Lecture, which he delivered at the Center for the Humanities, City University of New York
Bright Lights, Big City TED LIBBEY, Ted Libbey is the author of "The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection" and the forthcoming "NPR Encyclopedia of Classical Music." He is heard every week on National Public Radio's "Performance Today."
House of Blues RICHARD EDER, Richard Eder is book critic for The Times
Getting It Right JOHN LUKACS, John Lukacs is the author of "The Hitler of History" and of "A Thread of Years."
Poet of Light JUDY STONE, Judy Stone, a former film critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, is the author of "Eye on the World: Conversations With International Filmmakers."
Paradise Now HELLER McALPIN, Heller McAlpin is a novelist and critic. She is working on a family memoir, "Life in the Compound."
Touchy-Feelie DIANE ACKERMAN, Diane Ackerman is the author of many books about nature and human nature, including "A Natural History of the Senses," "A Natural History of Love" and, most recently, "A Slender Thread," a work of nonfiction, and "I Praise My Destroyer," a work of poetry
Hello Dolly ROBERT LEE HOTZ, Robert Lee Hotz is a Times science writer