What happened on December 21, 2003
Stage legends in a kind spotlight Gavin Lambert, Gavin Lambert is the author of many books, including "Nazimova," "On Cukor" and a forthcoming biography of Natalie Wood.
Living by their wits Eugen Weber, Eugen Weber is a contributing writer to Book Review.
Stone solid satisfaction Mark Rozzo, Mark Rozzo is a regular contributor to Book Review.
The personal and the natural Robert Finch, Robert Finch is the co-editor with John Elder of "The Norton Book of Nature Writing" and the author of several books, including "Common Ground: A Naturalist's Cape Cod" and "Death of a Hornet."
Ode on a Grecian hinge Norman F. Cantor, Norman F. Cantor is professor emeritus of history, sociology and comparative literature at New York University and is the author of several books, including "Antiquity: The Civilization of the Ancient World."
With no lust in its heart Michael Harris, Michael Harris is a regular contributor to Book Review.
The reporter as artist, setting the scene Barry Siegel, Barry Siegel writes for The Times and directs the literary journalism program at UC Irvine, where he is a professor of English. He won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing in 2002.
A soldier remembers Clancy Sigal, Clancy Sigal, a screenwriter, is the author of "Going Away" and "The Secret Defector."
The Tramp's alter ego David Freeman, David Freeman is a screenwriter and the author of several books, including "A Hollywood Education," "One of Us" and the forthcoming "It's All True," a novel of Hollywood.
The shot heard 40 years later Gerald L. Posner, Gerald L. Posner is the author of "Case Closed: Lee Harvey Oswald and the Assassination of JFK."
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Dressed to Kilt adam tschorn / illustration by luc latulippe, Adam Tschorn last wrote for the magazine about holiday shopping.
Life of a Salesman Marc Porter Zasada, Mark Porter Zasada is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer.
Giving Until It Hurts Martin Booe, Martin Booe last wrote for the magazine about Snotty Scotty and the Hankies.
Sanctuary in the Past John Balzar, John Balzar is a Times staff writer who last wrote for the magazine about the LAPD's bomb squad.
Lost In The Cyber-kudzu Matthew Heller, Matthew Heller last wrote for the magazine about the sons of convicted murderer Sante Kimes.
Best-Laid Plans of Occupiers Amy Wilentz, Amy Wilentz is the author of "Rainy Season: Haiti Since Duvalier" and the novel "Martyrs' Crossing." She is at work on a book about the recall and California.
Raising an Army of Entrepreneurs Joel Kotkin, Joel Kotkin, a contributing editor to Opinion, is a senior fellow at the Davenport Institute for Public Policy at Pepperdine University. He is writing a book on the history of cities.
The Hundred-Year High Peter Garrison, Flying magazine columnist Peter Garrison once flew to Japan in his home-built airplane.
Big Fish Caught With Small Bait William M. Arkin, William M. Arkin is a military affairs analyst who writes regularly for Opinion. E-mail: email@example.com.
Bright Light Must Shine on Energy Policymaking Carl Pope and Paul Rauber, Carl Pope is the executive director of the Sierra Club, and Paul Rauber is a senior editor for the organization. They are the co-authors of the forthcoming Sierra Club book, "Strategic Ignorance," on the Bush administration's environmental record.
Rathole Under the Palace Jerrold M. Post, Jerrold M. Post directs the political psychology program at George Washington University. He was founding director of the CIA's Center for the Analysis of Personality and Political Behavior. His most recent book is "The Psychological Assessment of Political Leaders."
Democratic Forces in Full Retreat Robert Service, Robert Service, professor of Russian history at St. Antony's College, Oxford University, is the author of "Russia: Experiment With a People."