What happened on August 06, 2000
True Confessions MARTIN GARDNER, Martin Gardner is the author of "The Night Is Large: Collected Essays, 1938-1995," "Did Adam and Eve Have Navels?" and many other works. His latest book, "From the Wandering Jew to William F. Buckley Jr.: On Science, Literature, and Religion," will be published by Prometheus Books in September
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Artie Shaw Talking ARAM SAROYAN, Aram Saroyan's last article for the magazine was about growing up in Beverly Hills during the 1950s. His books include "Last Rites," a memoir of his father, writer William Saroyan, and, most recently, "Day and Night: Bolinas Poems."
Portrait of a Stranger BARBARA ISENBERG, Barbara Isenberg is a frequent contributor to The Times. Her oral history, "State of the Arts: California Artists Talk About Their Work," will be published by William Morrow in October
Down Mexico Way AMELIA SALTSMAN, Amelia Saltsman last wrote about fire-roasted eggplant salad for the magazine
TOP 10 STORIES: July 31-Aug. 4 Nancy Rivera Brooks and Sharon Bernstein and Terril Yue Jones and Melinda Fulmer and Joseph Menn and Marla Dickerson and LUIS SINCO / Los Angeles Times
The Secret of L.A.'s Public Health David E. Hayes-Bautista, David E. Hayes-Bautista is professor of medicine and director of the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture at UCLA
Putin's Dilemma: Can Bureaucrats Be Trusted? Gregory Freidin, Gregory Freidin, chairman of the Slavic languages and literature department at Stanford University, is co-author of "Russia at the Barricades: Eyewitness Accounts of the August 1991 Coup."
Amnesia Is a Drag on Reform Peter Eng, Peter Eng, a former Associated Press correspondent, has covered Southeast Asia for more than a decade
The New Agents of Peace on the Streets Luis J. Rodriguez, Luis J. Rodriguez, the author of "Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A.," spent many years in Chicago and Los Angeles working with gang and non-gang youth. His most recent book is "It Doesn't Have to Be This Way: A Barrio Story
When You Wish Upon a Politician Steven D. Stark, Steven D. Stark, a pop culture commentator for National Public Radio, is author of "Glued to the Set: The 60 Television Shows and Events That Made Us Who We Are Today."
A Nuke-Free World Is Within Reach JOHN O. PASTORE and PETER ZHEUTLIN, John O. Pastore is secretary and Peter Zheutlin is associate program director of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, which was recipient of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize
Bush's all-oil ticket poses risks for the "compassionate conservative" Kevin Phillips, Kevin Phillips is the author of "The Politics of Rich and Poor." His most recent book is "The Cousins' Wars: Religion, Politics and the Triumph of Anglo-America."
Eyes on the Future, Hearts in the Past DONALD MILLER, Donald Miller is a professor of religion at USC and executive director at USC's Center for Religion and Civil Culture
On Latino Voters, Bush Gets It FRANK del OLMO, Frank del Olmo is an associate editor of The Times and a regular columnist
When an Apology Isn't Enough to Right Old Wrongs Jason Berry, Jason Berry is the author of "Lead Us Not Into Temptation" and the forthcoming "Louisiana Faces: Images from a Renaissance," a collaboration with photographer Philip Gould
Mohammad Reza Khatami Robin Wright, Robin Wright, the diplomatic correspondent for the Times, is the author of "The Last Great Revolution: Turmoil and Transformation in Iran."