What happened on March 21, 1999
Perfect Casting ROBIN ABCARIAN, Robin Abcarian is a former Times columnist. Her last feature for the magazine was on Steve Soboroff
Vanishing Act ANDREW COCKBURN, Andrew Cockburn is the co-author of "The Threat: Inside the Soviet Military Machine." His most recent book, coauthored with Patrick Cockburn, is "Out of the Ashes: The Resurrection of Saddam Hussein" (HarperCollins)
Free Fall ABRAHAM BRUMBERG, Abraham Brumberg is author and editor of "Chronicle of a Revolution: Western-Soviet Inquiry into Perestroika" and writes frequently about Russian and East European problems
Anatomy of a Murder MONIKA GREENLEAF, Monika Greenleaf is the author of "Pushkin and Romantic Fashion," and co-editor of "Russian Subjects: Nation, Empire, and the Culture of Russia's Golden Age." She is the Marta Sutton Weeks Faculty Scholar in the Humanities at Stanford University, where she teaches in the departments of Slavic languages and comparative literature
The Other Empire EDWARD LUTTWAK, Edward Luttwak is a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington and the author of numerous books, including "The Grand Strategy of the Roman Empire: From the First Century A.D. to the Third" and, most recently, "Turbo-Capitalism."
From Russia With Love MARTIN MALIA, Martin Malia is professor emeritus of history at UC Berkeley and the author of "The Soviet Tragedy: A History of Socialism in Russia, 1917-1991" and the forthcoming "Russia Under Western Eyes; From the Bronze Horseman to the Lenin Mausoleum."
The Vision Thing MARC RAEFF, Marc Raeff is Bakhmeteff professor emeritus of Russian studies at Columbia University. His most recent book is "Political Ideas & Institutions in Imperial Russia."
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Southland Poor Are Subsidizing San Francisco's New Opera House STEVEN B. FRATES, Steven B. Frates of Newport Beach is a senior fellow at the Rose Institute of State and Local Government at Claremont McKenna College
When Freeways Take Their Toll ROBERT KROL, Robert Krol is a professor of Economics at Cal State Northridge
When The Reading Light Went On Bari Ficquette, assistant principal, Country Springs Elementary School in Chino Hills
Reading Tips And Notes : Expert Advice ELEANOR BROWN, Eleanor Brown is chairwoman of the state Curriculum Development and Supplemental Materials Commission, and assistant superintendent for secondary grades in the San Juan Unified School District
On Their Own ANNA GORMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Safety Is the Loser in Airport Maneuvering TOM GREER, Tom Greer is executive director of the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority
In Search of Young Entrepreneurs DONALD HERMAN, Donald Herman owns a retail candy business in Costa Mesa and is founder of the Southern California Youth Entrepreneurship Initiative Inc., a nonprofit organization. The address is P.O. Box 2864, Newport Beach, CA 92659
Kathy Jenks DOUG ADRIANSON and SARAH HOLEMAN, EDITORS OF THE VENTURA COUNTY PERSPECTIVE PAGES OF THE TIMES VENTURA COUNTY EDITION
A Telling Picture Gives Lie to a Thousand Education 'Innovations' MARY D. DODD, Oxnard resident Mary D. Dodd is former co-chairman of the English department at La Habra High School in Orange County
Academic Questioning DAMIEN BONA, Damien Bona is the co-author, with Mason Wiley, of "Inside Oscar: The Unofficial History of the Academy Awards" (Ballantine)
What If Teens Rocked the Vote? SHAWN HUBLER, Shawn Hubler is a columnist for The Times' Metro section. Her e-mail address is email@example.com
With Deepest Attitude DEANNE STILLMAN, Deanne Stillman is a freelancer who has also written for films and television
Inclusiveness on Trial SCARLET CHENG, Scarlet Cheng is an occasional contributor to Calendar
In No One's Shadow MARY McNAMARA, Mary McNamara is a Times staff writer
The Agony and Ecstasy ROBERT W. WELKOS, Robert W. Welkos is a Times staff writer
Unforgettable in Every Way BETTY FREEMAN, Betty Freeman is a retired Los Angeles public school principal and teacher. She is currently a member of the California Writers Club
Laid Bare to the Corps ELAINE DUTKA, Elaine Dutka is a Times staff writer
Board Can Raise Fees Any Time JAN HICKENBOTTOM, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES. Jan Hickenbottom is a community association management consultant and a founding director of the California Assn. of Community Managers
Old Anti-Trust Laws Hobble New Technology EDWIN MEESE III, Edwin Meese III was attorney general during the Reagan administration
Revising a False History Alan Wolfe, Alan Wolfe, a professor of political science at Boston University, is a contributing editor to the New Republic and the author of "One Nation, After All."
A Chance for Democracy Amid a Rising Tide of Chaos Peter Reddaway and Dmitri Glinski, Peter Reddaway is a professor of political science at George Washington University and former director of the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies. Dmitri Glinski is a Russian scholar attached to George Washington University. Their book, "Market Bolshevism: The Tragedy of Russia's Reforms," is due out later this year
Bob Thomas Steve Proffitt, Steve Proffitt, a contributing editor to Opinion, is director of the JSM+ New Media Lab
Engagement Is Still the Best Policy MICHAEL D. SWAINE, Michael D. Swaine is the research director of the Rand Center for Asia Pacific Policy and a specialist in Chinese military affairs
Why the Drama Never Ends Neal Gabler, Neal Gabler is the author of "An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood" and "Life the Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality."
Justice In Absentia David M. O'Brien, David M. O'Brien, a professor at the University of Virginia, is currently a Fulbright senior scholar at the University of Bologna. He is the author of numerous books about the Supreme Court, including "Storm Center: The Supreme Court in American Politics."
How to Outsmart, Out-Negotiate the NFL FRANK del OLMO, Frank del Olmo is an associate editor of The Times and a regular columnist
The Hidden Fear in Castro's Heart Tad Szulc, Tad Szulc is the author of "Fidel: A Critical Portrait" and "John Paul II: The Biography."
The Misguided Idealism Behind France's Tainted-Blood Affair Douglas Starr, Douglas Starr, co-director of Boston University's program in science journalism, is author of "BLOOD: An Epic History of Medicine and Commerce."
Stanford's Hiring Quandary John H. Bunzel, John H. Bunzel is former president of San Jose State, a past member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and a senior research fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution