What happened on October 17, 1999
The Big Muddy GEORGE C. HERRING, George C. Herring is a professor of history at University of Kentucky and the author of "America's Longest War: The United States and Vietnam, 1950-1975."
Homestretch NAOMI GLAUBERMAN, Naomi Glauberman is an essayist and short story writer
Inthebeginningtheword TOM ENGELHARDT, Tom Engelhardt is the author of "The End of Victory Culture" and is consulting editor at Metropolitan Books
Blood Sport PAUL FUSSELL, Paul Fussell is the author of "Wartime: Understanding and Behavior in the Second World War." His most recent book is a memoir, "Doing Battle: The Making of a Skeptic."
Unleashed THOMAS CURWEN, Thomas Curwen is the deputy editor of Book Review
First Fiction MARK ROZZO, Mark Rozzo is a contributing writer to Book Review
In God's Embrace GERALD HOLTON, Gerald Holton is professor of physics and professor of history of science at Harvard University. Among his books are "Thematic Origins of Scientific Thought: Kepler to Einstein," "The Advancement of Science" and "Scientific Imagination."
Missing in Action JONATHAN LEVI, Jonathan Levi is a contributing writer to Book Review
She Has a Way With Words HUNTER DROHOJOWSKA-PHILP, Hunter Drohojowska-Philp is a frequent contributor to Calendar
Like Father, Like Son? Sort Of DARYL H. MILLER, Daryl H. Miller is a Los Angeles-based entertainment reporter
Following His Heart JAN BRESLAUER, Jan Breslauer is a regular contributor to Calendar
As Time Goes Vividly By DON HECKMAN, Don Heckman is The Times' jazz writer
A Fight for Dignity NANCY CLEELAND, Nancy Cleeland covers labor for The Times
The Chemistry Continues RICHARD CROMELIN, Richard Cromelin is a Times staff writer
The Power Deep Within BRUCE NEWMAN, Bruce Newman is a freelance writer and regular contributor to Calendar
In the Belly of the Beast JUSTIN DAVIDSON, Justin Davidson is culture writer at large for Newsday
Sweet Dreams, Revisited PHIL SUTCLIFFE, Phil Sutcliffe is a London-based writer and a contributing editor at Q magazine
The Climbing Ghost MEL GILDEN, On Halloween Mel Gilden sometimes dresses up as a famous author
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
'We can rid ourselves of fear and stereotypes.' EVANN GASTALDO, Evann Gastaldo is a 1999 graduate of Camarillo High School in Camarillo now studying political science at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Commitment Needed for Palmdale Airport Revival to Fly HOWARD P. "BUCK" McKEON, Republican Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon represents portions of the San Fernando Valley and the Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys
Barrier to School Internet Opportunity WILLIAM G. STEINER, William G. Steiner is national program director of Childhelp USA, an organization based in Scottsdale, Ariz., that works to combat child abuse. He retired from the Orange County Board of Supervisors early this year
When The Reading Light Went On KIRTAN-SINGH KHALSA, Kirtan-Singh Khalsa, 43, minister and secretary of Guru Ram Das Ashram, the Westside temple for about 400 Sikhs
The Path to the University Runs Through the Local College JOHN WILLIAMS, John Williams is a trustee and past president of the South Orange County Community College District board
Dogfight Over Turf CHRIS CEBALLOS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
'Too many positions . . . are still not open to non-Anglos.' JOHN K. FLYNN, Ventura County Supervisor John K. Flynn represents the Fifth Supervisorial District, comprising Oxnard, El Rio, Nyeland Acres, Strickland, Hollywood Beach, Hollywood by the Sea and Silver Strand
Only the Water Was the Same OC Then and Now calls (714) 966-5973; e-mail
OCthenandnow@latimes.com and STEVE EMMONS
Roadblock on the Information Highway MICHAEL R. SOHIGIAN and JOHN BIRKE, Michael R. Sohigian is an attorney in Los Angeles. John Birke, a Northridge attorney, lost his state Senate bid to incumbent Cathie Wright in November 1996. He is seeking the 19th District seat in 2000, when Wright will leave because of term limits. Sohigian and Birke represent Landers against California State University and have filed a petition for review of the case with the California Supreme Court
The Deeper Inequality Behind the AP-Course Suit Sigrid Bathen, Sigrid Bathen, an adjunct professor of journalism at Cal State Sacramento, has written extensively on education
A Continent of Endless Strife Mike Clough, Mike Clough is a research associate at the Institute of International Studies at UC Berkeley
It's Broken; We're Fixing It GENETHIA HAYES, Genethia Hayes is president of the Los Angeles Board of Education
The Odor Isn't Reform RICHARD G. POLANCO, Richard G. Polanco is majority leader of the state Senate
In a Prosperous Time, Addressing the Uninsured Jacob S. Hacker, Jacob S. Hacker is a fellow at the New America Foundation and a junior fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows. He is the author of "The Road to Nowhere: The Genesis of President Clinton's Plan for Health Security."
The Choice Is Not Between Democracy and Chaos Paula R. Newberg, Paula R. Newberg has published several books, monographs and articles on politics in South Asia, including "Judging the State: Courts and Constitutional Politics in Pakistan."
Which Came First, Hazardous Site or Minority Population? Manuel Pastor and Carlos Porras and Jim Sadd, Manuel Pastor is chair of Latin American and Latino Studies at UC Santa Cruz; Carlos Porras is executive director of Communities for a Better Environment; and Jim Sadd is chair of environmental science and studies at Occidental College
In Praise of Parties Bruce J. Schulman, Bruce J. Schulman teaches American history and directs the American Studies Program at Boston University. He is the author of "Lyndon B. Johnson and American Liberalism."
Paul Vandeventer Kitty Felde, Kitty Felde, a public radio journalist, hosts the Friday "Talk of the City" program on KPCC
The Real Culprits in the Judgeship Jam Gideon Kanner, Gideon Kanner is professor emeritus at the Loyola Law School and a columnist for the National Law Journal
Forest Fires Rage as Government Fiddles Robert H. Nelson, Robert H. Nelson is a professor at the University of Maryland's School of Public Affairs and senior fellow of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a public-policy group. He is the author of "Public Lands and Private Rights: The Failure of Scientific Management."