What happened on August 09, 1998
The Truman Show GAR ALPEROVITZ, Gar Alperovitz is author of "The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb," "Atomic Diplomacy: Hiroshima and Potsdam" and "Cold War Essays." He is Harrison research professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, and president of the National Center for Economic and Security Alternatives
Family Fare TOM ENGELHARDT, Tom Engelhardt is the author of "The End of Victory Culture" (University of Massachusetts Press) and co-editor of "History Wars: The Enola Gay and Other Battles for the American Past" (Metropolitan Books)
Only the Lonely PAULA FRIEDMAN, Paula Friedman is an occasional contributor to Book Review
Banning the Bomb LAWRENCE FREEDMAN, Lawrence Freedman is the author of "The Evolution of Nuclear Strategy."
Breathless CAROLYN SEE, Carolyn See is the author of "Dreaming: Hard Luck and Good Times in America." Her forthcoming novel, "The Handyman," will be published by Random House in March
Truth or Consequences GREG MITCHELL, Greg Mitchell is the co-author (with Robert Jay Lifton) of "Hiroshima in America: Fifty Years of Denial." His other books include "Tricky Dick and the Pink Lady: Richard Nixon vs. Helen Gahagan Douglas" and "The Campaign of the Century: Upton Sinclair's Race for Governor of California."
The Unthinkable for Kids DAN DAILEY, Dan Dailey is publisher of the Five Owls, a bimonthly magazine that encourages literacy and reading among young people. For a copy of The Five Owls, send $1 for postage and handling to The Five Owls, 2004 Sheridan Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN 55405
Nukes R Us MARTIN J. SHERWIN, Martin J. Sherwin is the Walter S. Dickson professor of history at Tufts University and author of "A World Destroyed: Hiroshima and the Origins of the Arms Race."
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Wilson Education Initiative Badly Flawed JAMES A. FLEMING, James A. Fleming is superintendent of the Capistrano Unified School District
At the Fair, She Thinks It's Hip to Be Square LYNNE BARNES, Lynne Barnes is an assistant city editor for the Times' Ventura County Edition
Time to End Kids' Ironic 4-H Projects MARTY FAST, Marty Fast, a former 4-H leader, is a vegetarian and rescuer of unwanted potbellied pigs. She lives in Ojai
High-Power Sale JILL LEOVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Managed Care Gives Many a Quality Option MARY B. JARVIS, Mary B. Jarvis is director of marketing and public relations for the Buenaventura Medical Management Co. in Ventura
Roger Seaver SCOTT HOLLERAN, Scott Holleran is editorial director of the nonprofit patient advocacy organization Americans for Free Choice in Medicine. Roger Seaver has no affiliation with that group. Holleran's e-mail address is: email@example.com
Caution Is the Right Course for Nuclear Waste Shipments SHEILA JAMES KUEHL, Sheila James Kuehl is a Democratic Assembly member who represents portions of the San Fernando Valley and Westside. She is speaker pro tempore of the state Assembly
Lessons Learned the Hard Way JOHN M.W. MOORLACH, John M.W. Moorlach is Orange County's treasurer-tax collector
The Gaping Omission in All the Charter-Reform Talk Xandra Kayden, Xandra Kayden, a political scientist at UCLA's School of Public Policy and Social Research, is president of the League of Women Voters and a consultant on neighborhood councils
Putting Politics Over Preschool KAY MILLS, Kay Mills is the author of "Something Better for My Children: The History and People of Head Start" (Dutton, 1998)
The Risk of Using the Army for Too Much Andrew Reding, Andrew Reding, a Pacific News Service associate editor, directs the North America Project, a joint venture of the World Policy Institute and the Bay Area Institute
Homework Isn't All There Is to Learning DAVID DAVENPORT, David Davenport is president of Pepperdine University and the father of three children, ages 15, 14 and 10
Forget the Confession, Mr. Clinton Suzanne Garment, Suzanne Garment, a contributing editor to Opinion, is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. She is the author of "Scandal: The Culture of Mistrust in American Politics."
A Landscape Where Fear Dominates Paula R. Newberg, Paula R. Newberg is the author of "Double Betrayal: Human Rights and Insurgency in Kashmir."
William Schwartz Barbara Isenberg, Barbara Isenberg is a frequent contributor to The Times
Morality Is More Than Getting Away With It Deni Elliott, Deni Elliott is a professor of ethics and director of the Practical Ethics Center at the University of Montana-Missoula
Rebuilding A Sense Of Community William Fulton, William Fulton is editor of California Planning & Development Report and a senior research fellow at Claremont Graduate University Research Institute. He also serves as chair of the Library Advisory Commission for the city of Ventura
'Private Ryan' Satisfies Our Longing for Unity Neal Gabler, Neal Gabler is the author of "An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood." His new book, "Life the Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality," will be out this fall
OK, So We're Not No. 1 Daryl H. Miller, Daryl H. Miller is a Los Angeles-based theater writer
Way Off the Fast Track Michael McCall, Michael McCall is a freelance writer based in Nashville
He Never Lets Up Ernesto Lechner, Ernesto Lechner is a frequent contributor to Calendar
In the Name of the Children Robert W. Welkos, Robert W. Welkos is a Times staff writer
It's a Girl Thing Lynell George, Lynell George is a staff writer for The Times' Life & Style section
The Hottest 900-Year-Old on the Charts Bernard D. Sherman, Bernard D. Sherman is the author of "Inside Early Music: Conversations With Performers" (Oxford University Press, New York, 1997)
A Challenge of Spirit Patrick Pacheco, Patrick Pacheco is a regular contributor to Calendar from New York
A Double Life: Rocker-Mom Robert Hilburn, Robert Hilburn is The Times' pop music critic
A Citrus Sorbet's Herbal Essence JESSICA STRAND, Jessica Strand is co-author of "Intimate Gatherings," published by Chronicle Books
Highway to Heaven DEANNE STILLMAN, Deanne Stillman is currently writing a book, "The Murders at Twentynine Palms," for Avon. Her last article for the magazine was a profile of Gloria Allred
To Serve and Protect? Matt Lait, Times staff writer Matt Lait covers the LAPD. His last story for the magazine was about police psychologists