What happened on March 19, 2000
Move Over, Old Men MICHAEL MALLORY, Michael Mallory is an L.A.-based writer who specializes in animation
Who Wants to Be a Pop Idol? STEVE HOCHMAN, Steve Hochman is a regular contributor to Calendar
A Long, Strange History for Your Consideration DAMIEN BONA, Damien Bona is the co-author, with Mason Wiley, of "Inside Oscar: The Unofficial History of the Academy Awards."
Three for the Road JEREMY EICHLER, Jeremy Eichler is a New York-based arts and culture writer
Ready for the Majors SOREN BAKER, Soren Baker is a regular contributor to Calendar
The Way He Was--and Is PATRICK PACHECO, Patrick Pacheco is a regular contributor to Calendar
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The Quality of Mercy DAVID RIEFF, David Rieff is a contributing writer to Book Review. He is the author of several books, including "Slaughterhouse: Bosnia and the Failure of the West," and is co-editor of "Crimes of War: What the Public Should Know."
L.a. Confidential EUGEN WEBER, Eugen Weber is the author of "Apocalypses" and a contributing writer to Book Review
Bait and Switch D.J. WALDIE, D.J. Waldie, a Lakewood city official, is the author of "Holy Land: A Suburban Memoir."
The Quality of Mercy ALEX DE WAAL, Alex de Waal is the author of "Famine Crimes: Politics and the Disaster Relief Industry in Africa" (Indiana University Press 1997). He is the director of Justice Africa, London
Palates and Palettes in Bangkok ANDREW BENDER, Andrew Bender is a restaurant reviewer for The Times' Westside Weekly section. He has lived in Asia and travels there often
A Pioneering Idea LARRY GORDON, TIMES STAFF WRITER; Larry Gordon is an assistant city editor at The Times
Aruba's Parched Playground CRAIG STOLTZ, WASHINGTON POST; Craig Stoltz is the travel editor of the Post
A Chance to Escape in the South Pacific JOHN BALZAR, John Balzar, a roving national correspondent for The Times, is author of "Yukon Alone," published early this year
Unspoiled Beauty And Holy Spirits THOMAS KENEALLY, Thomas Keneally is an Australian writer of Irish descent whose books include "Schindler's List," "A River Town" and "The Great Shame."
Head For The Hills And Dales, Y'all JOE HOLLEY, Texas native Joe Holley is a senior writer with the San Antonio Express-News
In The Realm Of Castles And Crusades TED BOTHA, Ted Botha is a writer based in New York. He last wrote for the magazine about bicycling through Scotland's Outer Hebrides
The Romance Of The Dance JONATHAN KANDELL, Jonathan Kandell is a writer based in New York. He last wrote for the magazine about the Vall d'Aran in Spain
A City as Envisioned by a Newspaper Michael Ventura, Michael Ventura, a novelist and essayist, is working on a book about John Cassavetes
Imperatives for Bush Linda A. DiVall, Linda A. DiVall, president of a public-opinion research firm, was a senior advisor to Bob Dole's 1996 presidential campaign
Iranian, Arab Clout Is Back Shibley Telhami, Shibley Telhami holds the Anwar Sadat chair for peace and development at the University of Maryland and is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution
Papal Pilgrim in the Holy Land GEORGE WEIGEL, George Weigel is the author of "Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II" (HarperCollins, 1999)
A U.S. Policy Filled With Outdated Notions Paula R. Newberg, Paula R. Newberg, who works for much of the year in Asia, is the author of a number of books on South Asian politics, including "Judging the State: Courts and Constitutional Politics in Pakistan."
Clinton Can Be a Plus Robert G. Beckel, Robert G. Beckel, a political analyst, served as campaign manager for Walter F. Mondale in 1984.
Clinton Shoots From Hip With Loaded Claims JOHN R. LOTT Jr., John R. Lott Jr., a senior research scholar at the Yale University Law School, is the author of "More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws" (University of Chicago Press, 1998)
The System Has Become Dysfunctional Charles L. Lindner, Charles L. Lindner is past president of the Los Angeles Criminal Bar Assn.
Smith & Wesson Draws a Bead on Reform ANDREW CUOMO and JAMES K. HAHN, Andrew Cuomo is secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. James K. Hahn is city attorney of Los Angeles
Is U.S. Re-Creating El Salvador? William M. LeoGrande and Kenneth Sharpe, William M. LeoGrande is a professor of government at American University and the author of "Our Own Backyard: The United States in Central America, 1977-1992." Kenneth Sharpe is a professor of political science at Swarthmore College and coauthor of "Drug War Politics: The Price of Denial."
Studs Terkel 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 in October
In With the 'New,' In With the 'Old' Charles R. Morris, Charles R. Morris, a Wall Street consultant, is the author of "The Coming Global Boom," published in 1990
The Modern Notion of a Public Apology Nicolaus Mills, Nicolaus Mills, a professor of American studies at Sarah Lawrence College, is the author of "The Triumph of Meanness: America's War Against Its Better Self."