What happened on January 17, 1999
C + RUSSELL JACOBY, Russell Jacoby is the author of "Dogmatic Wisdom: How the Culture Wars Divert Education and Distract America" (Doubleday/Anchor). He co-edited "The Bell Curve Debate" (Times Books) and teaches at UCLA
First Love NESSA RAPOPORT, Nessa Rapoport is the author of a novel, "Preparing for Sabbath," and of "A Woman's Book of Grieving," among other works
Brian Moore: An Appreciation JOAN DIDION, Joan Didion is the author of numerous works, including "Slouching Towards Bethlehem," "Play It As It Lays" and "The White Album."
Brian Moore: An Appreciation CALVIN TRILLIN, Calvin Trillin is the author of many books, including, most recently, "Family Man."
Discoveries SUSAN SALTER REYNOLDS, Susan Salter Reynolds is an assistant editor of Book Review
Brian Moore: An Appreciation JOHN GREGORY DUNNE, John Gregory Dunne is the author of several books including "Playland: A Novel" and memoirs including "Monster: Living Off the Big Screen."
Brian Moore: An Appreciation NAN A. TALESE, Nan A. Talese, publisher and editorial director of Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, published two novels by Brian Moore, "Lies of Silence" and "No Other Life."
Brian Moore: An Appreciation JOHN BANVILLE, John Banville is the author of "Mefisto" and "The Untouchable." He is the literary editor of the Irish Times
A Regular Guy LARRY BEINHART, Larry Beinhart is the author of, most recently, "How To Write A Mystery" and "American Hero."
Kith and Kin MARY ROURKE, Mary Rourke is a Times staff writer
Bibliomania VALENTINE CUNNINGHAM, Valentine Cunningham is professor of English language and literature at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and the author of "In the Reading Gaol: Texts, Postmodernity, and History."
L.A. Confidential EUGEN WEBER, Eugen Weber is the Joan Palevsky professor of modern European history at UCLA. His column "L.A. Confidential" will be a monthly feature devoted to mysteries and thrillers
Brian Moore: An Appreciation THOMAS FLANAGAN, Thomas Flanagan is the author of several novels, including "The Tenants of Time" and "The Year of the French."
Brian Moore: An Appreciation FINTAN O'TOOLE, Fintan O'Toole is the author of "A Traitor's Kiss," a biography of Richard Brinsley Sheridan. He is a critic for the New York Daily News and a columnist for the Irish Times
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
The Price of Breaking Up Gridlock ROBERT W. POOLE JR., Robert W. Poole Jr. is co-author and project director of the Los Angeles-based Reason Public Policy Institute's new study, "Improving Transportation in the San Fernando Valley."
Here's What Conservatives Need to Do KENNETH L. KHACHIGIAN, Kenneth L. Khachigian is a veteran political strategist and former White House speech writer who practices law in Orange County. His column appears here every other week
Bill Would Right Wrong of Daily Overtime Pay Cut WALLY KNOX, Democratic Assemblyman Wally Knox represents portions of the San Fernando Valley and the Westside
'Airport Wars' Need Regional Peacemaker LARRY AGRAN, Larry Agran is an attorney and former mayor of Irvine who recently returned to the City Council
Selling the Future as Fun WILLIAM FULTON, William Fulton is editor of California Planning & Development Report and chair of the Seize the Future Citizen Outreach Committee
Public Comment, Input Play Heavily in SCAG's Inclusive Planning Efforts JUDY MIKELS, Judy Mikels represents the 4th District on the Ventura County Board of Supervisors and is past president of the Southern California Assn. of Governments
Barely There JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Defining 'Pro-Choice' When So Many Falsely Claim to Be MARC WILDE, Marc Wilde is network coordinator for the Ventura County Reproductive Rights Network, which includes the American Assn. of University Women, Ventura County Democratic Central Committee, League of Women Voters, National Council of Jewish Women, National Organization for Women, National Women's Political Causus, Planned Parenthood, Republicans for Choice, Temple Beth Torah and the Unitarian Universalist Church
Healthy Habit LISA WEISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Machine Pol From the GOP Ben Joravsky, Ben Joravsky is a staff writer for the Chicago Reader newspaper and coauthor of "Against the Tide: The Middle Class in Chicago."
The Inherent Contradiction of Impartial Senators Jack N. Rakove, Jack N. Rakove, a professor of American history at Stanford University, was a minority witness at the House Judiciary Committee's impeachment hearings last November. He won a Pulitzer Prize in history for his book, "Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution."
The Diana vs. Hillary Conundrum Ann Taylor Fleming, Ann Taylor Fleming is the author of "Motherhood Deferred: A Woman's Journey" and is a regular essayist on "The News Hour With Jim Lehrer" on PBS
Is U.N. the Latest Cover for CIA Spies? David Wise, David Wise, who writes frequently about intelligence and national security, is the author of "Nightmover: How Aldrich Ames Sold the CIA to the KGB for $4.6 Million."
For Safer Skies, More Ground Security JERRY B. EPSTEIN, Jerry B. Epstein is the former president of the Los Angeles city Board of Airport Commissioners. He served on the commission from 1985 to 1990
Davis Wisely Spurns Wilson's Divisiveness FRANK del OLMO, Frank del Olmo is an associate editor of The Times and a regular columnist
Don't Voucherize Medicare ROBERT KUTTNER, Robert Kuttner is co-editor of the American Prospect
Another High-Wire Act for Clinton David Kusnet, David Kusnet, a visiting fellow at the Economic Policy Institute, served as chief speech writer for President Bill Clinton from 1992 through 1994. He is the author of "Speaking American: How the Democrats Can Win in the '90s."
The Checkered Life of the 'Accountability' Buzzword Gwynnae Byrd, Gwynnae Byrd, principal consultant to the Joint Legislative Committee on Prison Construction and Operations, worked for the Legislative Counsel from 1990-96, writing state education laws