What happened on February 21, 1999
On the Trail of Signs and Wonderss PATRICIA LEE LEWIS, Patricia Lee Lewis conducts creative writing workshops from her home in Westhampton, Mass., and in Texas and Mexico
Sailing Into Spring--With Discounts SHIRLEY SLATER and HARRY BASCH, Shirley Slater and Harry Basch travel as guests of the cruise lines. Cruise Views appears the first and third week of every month
One Dam Tour, Vegas Too RICHARD O'REILLY, TIMES STAFF WRITER; Richard O'Reilly is an editor specializing in computer analysis
Island In The Stream JOHN G. THOMAS, John G. Thomas is a freelance writer who lives in Northridge
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Buckle Down on School Bus Safety Laws DR. PHYLLIS AGRAN, Dr. Phyllis Agran is director of the Pediatric Injury Prevention Research Group at UC Irvine
. . . But an Enduring Source of Valuable Lessons HOWARD P. "BUCK" McKEON, Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, a Republican, represents the 25th District, which includes the Antelope, Santa Clarita and northern San Fernando valleys
From Mountain to Beach, It's Time to Target Pollution MATT LANDRY, Matt Landry, a former manufacturing engineer for Motorola, General Dynamics and Eaton Corp., lives in Oak Park
Stashed Amid Choices, One Finds Life CARL MOREHOUSE, Carl Morehouse is a Ventura resident and professional land-use planner and past director of the Central Coast section of the American Planning Assn
The Wrong Vehicle for Symbolism . . . HOWARD L. BERMAN, Rep. Howard L. Berman, a Democrat, represents portions of the San Fernando Valley and Westside
No More Spine-Tingling Hours at the Movies STEVE CHAWKINS, Steve Chawkins is a Times staff writer. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Expert Advice J. CYNTHIA McDERMOTT, J. Cynthia McDermott is a professor of education at Cal State Dominguez Hills. She also serves as the president of the California Professors of Reading
Dozing Into Oblivion With Old School Ways BEVERLY KELLEY, Beverly Kelley hosts "Local Talk" on KCLU-FM (88.3) Mondays at 7 p.m. She teaches in the Communication Arts Department at Cal Lutheran University and is the author of "Reelpolitik: Political Ideologies in '30s and '40s Films." Address e-mail to email@example.com
Take a Miseducated Guess ROBERT HILBURN, Robert Hilburn is The Times' pop music critic
Songs in the Key of Public Life KRISTIN HOHENADEL, Kristin Hohenadel is a freelance writer in Paris
Of Rising Cinematic Import LORENZA MUNOZ, Lorenza Mun~oz is a Times staff writer
Follow the Bouncing Show GEOFF BOUCHER, Geoff Boucher is a Times staff writer who covers pop music
From Piano Bars to Puccini JUSTIN DAVIDSON, Justin Davidson is music critic for Newsday
Aretha, by Any Other Name LYNELL GEORGE, Lynell George is a Times staff writer
No Mob Mentality DAVID GRITTEN, David Gritten is a London-based writer. He recently wrote for Sunday Calendar on the film adaptation of "Angela's Ashes."
Seeing the Light Within HUNTER DROHOJOWSKA-PHILP, Hunter Drohojowska-Philp is a frequent contributor to Calendar
How She Learned to Thrive JAN BRESLAUER, Jan Breslauer is a regular contributor to Calendar
DeeDee Gordon Sean K. MacPherson, Sean K. MacPherson, a restaurateur who owns Swingers and El Carmen, studies trends. He interviewed DeeDee Gordon in the lobby of the Chateau Marmont in the Hollywood Hills
As American as Hating Intellectuals Bruce J. Schulman, Bruce J. Schulman teaches U.S. history and directs the American Studies Program at Boston University. He is the author of "Cotton Belt to Sunbelt: Federal Policy, Economic Development and the Transformation of the South, 1938-1980."
Monica's New Dress for Success Ilene Beckerman, Ilene Beckerman is the author of "Love, Loss and What I Wore" and "What We Do for Love"
Living in Black History Today (Sigh) Shirlee Taylor Haizlip, Shirlee Taylor Haizlip is coauthor, with her husband, Harold, of "In The Garden of Our Dreams: Memoirs of a Marriage." Her first book, "The Sweeter the Juice," won the Simon Wiesenthal Center Award for Tolerance
Time to Get Tougher ELOISE ANDERSON, Eloise Anderson, who was Gov. Pete Wilson's director of social services, is director of the Program for the American Family at the Claremont Institute
Rescuing the Authentic Joel Kotkin, Joel Kotkin, a contributing editor to Opinion, is a senior fellow at the Pepperdine Institute of Public Policy and a fellow at the Reason Foundation
A Sound Recruitment Plan FRANK del OLMO, Frank del Olmo is an associate editor of The Times and a regular columnist
Civilization Is Placed on Hold During a Seemingly Endless War Paula R. Newberg, Paula R. Newberg was a consultant to the United Nations in Afghanistan from 1996-98 and writes frequently about politics in South Asia
Sinaloa Pays in Blood for Drug War Sam Quinones, Sam Quinones, a freelance journalist, was an Alicia Patterson fellow for 1998
Why Can't They Let Go of O.J.? KAREN GRIGSBY BATES, Karen Grigsby Bates is a regular contributor to this page
Les Fleurs du Mal DREW FETHERSTON, Drew Fetherston is the author of "The Chunnel" and is working on a book about the flower industry
The Conscience of Words SAUL FRIEDLANDER, Saul Friedlander is the author of numerous books, including "When Memory Comes" and, most recently, "Nazi Germany and the Jews: The Years of Persecution, 1933-1939, Vol. I."
Why Musil Remains Our Century's Foremost Modernist MICHAEL ANDRE BERNSTEIN, Michael Andre Bernstein teaches English and Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley. His recent books include "Bitter Carnival: Ressentiment and the Abject Hero" and "Foregone Conclusions: Against Apocalyptic History." He is currently completing a novel titled "Progressive Lenses."
Letter from Berlin LESLIE R. COLITT, Leslie R. Colitt is a former Central and Eastern European correspondent for the Financial Times
Disappointment and Absolution JANICE P. NIMURA, Janice P. Nimura writes for numerous publications, including the Washington Post Book World, the Chicago Tribune and the Far Eastern Economic Review
Shrinkwrapped Fuhrer KLAUS P. FISCHER, Klaus P. Fischer is the author of "The History of an Obsession: German Judeophobia and the Holocaust." He teaches philosophy and history at Allan Hancock College
A Season in Hell FREDERIC MORTON, Frederic Morton is the author of "A Nervous Splendor: Vienna 1888-1889" and "The Rothschilds: A Family Portrait."
Why Hitler's Rise and Rule Continues to Haunt PETER HOFFMANN, Peter Hoffmann is the author of several books, including "The History of the German Resistance: 1933-1945" and "Stauffenberg: A Family History, 1905-1944." He is the William Kingsford professor of history at McGill University in Montreal
L.A. Confidential EUGEN WEBER, Eugen Weber is the Joan Palevsky professor of modern European history at UCLA. His column "L.A. Confidential" appears monthly and is devoted to mysteries and thrillers
All in the Family ARTHUR HERTZBERG, Arthur Hertzberg is the author of many books, including "Jews: The Essence and Character of a People" (HarperSan Francisco). He is rabbi emeritus of Temple Emanuel in Englewood, N.J
E-Filing Doesn't Make You More Susceptible to Audit or Monitoring LIZ PULLIAM, Liz Pulliam is a personal finance writer for The Times. She regrets that she cannot respond personally to queries. Questions can be sent to her at firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to her in care of Money Talk, Business Section, Los Angeles Times, Times Mirror Square, Los Angeles, CA 90053