What happened on March 08, 1998
What Mao Traded for Sex Ross Terrill, Ross Terrill, a visiting professor at the University of Texas, is the author of the biographies "Mao" and "Madame Mao."
The Withering Away of a Political Party Sam Quinones, Sam Quinones, a journalist, was recently selected as an Alicia Patterson fellow for 1998
Life Inside a White House That Leaks Like the Titanic Leonard Garment, Leonard Garment is the author of the memoir, "Crazy Rhythm," and served as counsel to President Richard M. Nixon during Watergate
The Power of 'Excuse Me' Eric Monkkonen, Eric Monkkonen is professor of history and policy studies at UCLA and the co-editor of "The Civilization of Crime: Violence in Town and Country since the Middle Ages."
The Unknown Factors of the Anthrax Vaccine Leonard A. Cole, Leonard A. Cole teaches political science at Rutgers University-Newark, and is author of "The 11th Plague: The Politics of Biological and Chemical Warfare."
Issaias Afewerki Robin Wright, Robin Wright, who covers global issues for The Times, is author of "Sacred Rage: The Wrath of Militant Islam."
Is Sex a Character Issue? Sometimes William Schneider, William Schneider, a contributing editor to Opinion, is a political analyst for CNN
Renew the Master Plan Promise JOHN SLAUGHTER and HAROLD M. WILLIAMS, John Slaughter is president of Occidental College. Harold M. Williams is president emeritus of the J. Paul Getty Trust and former dean of the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA. They serve as co-chairs of the California Citizens Commission on Higher Education
Labor's Decline Has Meant Wages' Decline HARLEY SHAIKEN, Harley Shaiken is a UC Berkeley professor specializing in labor and the global economy
Why Voters Aren't the Best Judge of Sheriffs Joseph D. McNamara, Joseph D. McNamara, former police chief of San Jose, is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University
A Civilian Takes on the Mossad Yossi Melman, Yossi Melman is co-author of "Every Spy a Prince: The Complete History of Israel's Intelligence Community."
Season Opener SHARON BOORSTIN, Boorstin is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer
Eco-Luxe in Belize MICHAEL PARRISH, Parrish, a freelance writer, is a former business reporter for The Times
Off the Walls SERGIO ORTIZ, Ortiz is a Malibu-based freelance writer
Riches in the Arabian Desert BOB SIPCHEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER; Sipchen is a writer for the Times' Life & Style section
Over the Rainbow BARBARA E. THORNBURY, Thornbury is an associate professor of Japanese at Temple University, Philadelphia
Chess JACK PETERS, INTERNATIONAL MASTER
Mysteries DICK LOCHTE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
Tapo on Tap COLL METCALFE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even Private Acts Affect Public Duties NICOLE BEDNARSKI, Nicole Bednarski, 17, lives in Camarillo and is a senior at La Reina High School in Thousand Oaks
This Board's Bottom Line Isn't About the Bucks BEVERLY KELLEY, Beverly Kelley is the founding president of ETC, Educational Television for the Conejo. She hosts "Local Talk with Beverly Kelley" on KCLU and is currently on sabbatical as chair of the communication arts department at Cal Lutheran University
Where Hiring Leads, Achievement Follows ROBERT OLIPHANT, Robert Oliphant, a former professor of English at Cal State Northridge, now gives workshops on memory improvement. He lives in Cambria
Drug Test Leniency Harming Athletes PETE KNIGHT, Pete Knight is a state senator representing the high desert area
Disaster, Informed by Time JOHN NICHOLS, John Nichols is director of the Sespe Group, a curatorial consulting service in Santa Paula
Assembly Bill to Raise the Age for Kindergarten Entry Misguided DIANA WRIGHT GUERIN, Diana Wright Guerin is president of the Orange County Assn. for the Education of Young Children and a professor of child and adolescent studies at Cal State Fullerton
Too Many Bureaucrats Spoil a Review DALE MA, Dale Ma is a franchisee of Burger King and a director of the California Restaurant Assn
Let's Make Sesquicentennial Special JOHN M.W. MOORLACH, John M.W. Moorlach is vice president of the California Sesquicentennial Foundation, and is Orange County's treasurer-tax collector
With Rindge Dam, More Is at Stake Than Steelhead Trout RONALD L. RINDGE, Ronald L. Rindge of Moorpark is the grandson of pioneer Mailbu rancher May Knight Rindge, for whom the dam is named
Plugging In Steve Hochman, Steve Hochman writes about pop music for Calendar
Making Her Move Robert Hilburn, Robert Hilburn is The Times' pop music critic
Leo and the Old Boys Richard Covington, Richard Covington, based in Paris, is an occasional contributor to Calendar
Sign of the Times Patrick Pacheco, Patrick Pacheco is a regular contributor to Calendar from New York
Connecting the Dots Scarlet Cheng, Scarlet Cheng, an occasional contributor to Calendar, writes frequently about the arts and film. She traveled to Tokyo for this article
'Kong's' Powerful Music Recaptured Jon Burlingame, Jon Burlingame is an occasional contributor to Calendar
The Composer and the Machine Justin Davidson, Justin Davidson is the classical music critic at Newsday
This Woman Is: Carla Hall, Carla Hall is a Times staff writer