What happened on November 08, 1998
A Sisterhood of Writers JOHN CLARK, John Clark is a regular contributor to Calendar
Midday Madness CHRIS ERSKINE, Chris Erskine's "Guy Chronicles" column appears Wednesdays in Southern California Living
Some Glory Days, Revisited ROBERT HILBURN, Robert Hilburn is The Times' pop music critic
In Step With the Team DAVID GRITTEN, David Gritten is a frequent contributor to Calendar
It Pays to Be Picky MARGO KAUFMAN, Writer Margo Kaufman's new book is "Clara: The Early Years."
The 12 Weeks of Christmas RICHARD NATALE, Richard Natale is a frequent contributor to Calendar
An AbFab Impression AMY WALLACE, Amy Wallace is a Times staff writer
Time to Thank Your Stars? PATRICK GOLDSTEIN, Patrick Goldstein is a Times staff writer
A War of Nerves JAMES BATES, James Bates is a Times staff writer
Of George Gershwin She Sings DON HECKMAN, Don Heckman is a regular contributor to Calendar
Breaking From the Pack MICHAEL McCALL, Michael McCall is a freelance writer based in Nashville
Thoroughly Modern Mighty Joe KATHLEEN CRAUGHWELL, Kathleen Craughwell is a Times staff writer
A Violinist of Uncommon Style JOHN HENKEN, John Henken is a frequent contributor to Calendar
Reading Beyond the Fine Prints BARBARA ISENBERG, Barbara Isenberg is a frequent contributor to Calendar
They Don't Get No Respect JAN BRESLAUER, Jan Breslauer is a regular contributor to Calendar
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
'Ryan' Reminds Us How Much We Owe Soldiers GIL FERGUSON, Gil Ferguson is a retired Marine Corps lieutenant colonel and a former state assemblyman from Newport Beach
Post-Mortem on How the GOP Faltered KENNETH L. KHACHIGIAN, Kenneth L. Khachigian is a former White House speech writer who practices law in Orange County. He is a veteran political strategist who ran Bruce Herschensohn's 1992 campaign. His column appears here every other week
A County Responsibility Does Not Absolve the City CLYDE B. REYNOLDS, Clyde B. Reynolds is executive director of Turning Point Foundation and a member of the board of directors of the Ventura County Homeless and Housing Coalition. He is chair of the Ventura Social Services Task Force
Expert Advice Maureen DiMarco, Maureen DiMarco is vice president of Riverside Publishing/Houghton Mifflin and former secretary of child development and education for California
Wild, Wild West Texas MIKE COCHRAN and JOHN LUMPKIN, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Charter Reform Vote Will Bolster Cityhood RICHARD H. CLOSE, Richard H. Close is an attorney, president of the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Assn., chairman of Valley VOTE (Voters Organized Toward Empowerment) and co-signer of the ballot argument in 1997 for creation of the elected charter reform commission
Gridlock in the MTA Bureaucracy WALLY KNOX, Democratic Assemblyman Wally Knox represents portions of the San Fernando Valley and Westside
Discoveries SUSAN SALTER REYNOLDS, Susan Salter Reynolds is an assistant editor of Book Review
Mother Knows Best MARY LEFKOWITZ, Mary Lefkowitz, the Andrew W. Mellon professor in the humanities at Wellesley College, is the author of "Not Out of Africa."
Taking Wing MERLE RUBIN, Merle Rubin is a writer and critic who writes frequently for Book Review, the Wall Street Journal and the Christian Science Monitor
Earth Worst MARK HERTSGAARD, Mark Hertsgaard is the author of "Earth Odyssey: Around the World in Search of Our Environmental Future," which will be published in December by Broadway Books
East of Eden ERIC ZENCEY, Eric Zencey is the author of the novel "Panama" and, most recently, of "Virgin Forest: Meditations on History, Ecology, and Culture" (University of Georgia Press)
Unforgettable CAROLYN HUGHES, Carolyn Hughes writes for the New York Times Book Review and the Washington Post
It All Adds Up MARTIN GARDNER, Martin Gardner is the author of many books, including an essay collection, "The Night Is Large," and, most recently, a novel, "Visitors From Oz."
Pretty Woman SUSIE LINFIELD, Susie Linfield teaches in the cultural reporting and criticism program at New York University and is a contributing writer to Book Review
Watch Whom You Save, Not What You Advise John J. Brandon, John J. Brandon is assistant director of the Asia Foundation's Washington office
Femininzation of California's Agenda Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a contributing editor to Opinion, is a senior associate at the School of Politics and Economics at Claremont Graduate University and a political analyst for KCAL-TV
That Sinking Feeling Kevin Phillips, Kevin Phillips, publisher of American Political Report, is author of "The Politics of Rich and Poor." His most recent book is "Arrogant Capital: Washington, Wall Street and the Frustrations of American Politics."
Tag Teams: The High-Contact Sports of Wrestling and Politics Todd Gitlin, Todd Gitlin is professor of culture, journalism and sociology at New York University and a 1998-99 fellow at the Media Studies Center. He is the author of "The Twilight of Common Dreams: Why America Is Wracked by Culture Wars."
Storm Could Trigger Another Diaspora CARLOS A. ROSALES, Carlos A. Rosales is project director and associate at the Washington-based Inter-American Dialogue, where he manages its Central American program
Is 'Life the Movie' Better Than the Real Thing? 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," from which this is adapted, will be out this month
Stanley Fischer Adrian Wooldridge, Adrian Wooldridge, West Coast bureau chief for the Economist, is coauthor of "The Witch Doctors: Making Sense of the Management Gurus."
CIA Comes Into Open, for Good Milt Bearden, Milt Bearden, who spent 30 years in the CIA's Directorate of Operations, is the author of "The Black Tulip," a novel set in Afghanistan and the Soviet Union
The 2001 Challenge for California Latinos FRANK del OLMO, Frank del Olmo is an associate editor of The Times and a regular columnist
Are Ethnic Studies Separate or Equal? John H. Bunzel, John H. Bunzel, former president of San Jose State University and member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, is a senior research fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution