What happened on November 02, 2003
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The Perfect Crash Paul Gordon, Paul Gordon last wrote for the magazine about buying a motorcycle at age 50.
Ballot Busters Scott Duke Harris, Scott Duke Harris last wrote for the magazine about Oakland, the ex-con capital of California.
Pick Me! Pick Me! Gerard Wright, Gerard Wright is a freelance writer who contributes periodically to The Times' Sports section.
Tattooist to the Stars Melba Newsome, Melba Newsome's last wrote for the magazine about California's rape laws.
Dispensing with realism, we can see reality John Bayley, John Bayley, a professor emeritus of English literature at Oxford University's St. Catherine's College, is the author of numerous works, including "Leo Tolstoy," "The Red Hat: A Novel" and "Elegy for Iris," about his late wife, Iris Murdoch.
You are getting very sleepy ... Michael Shermer, Michael Shermer is the publisher of Skeptic magazine, a monthly columnist for Scientific American and author of "How We Believe" and the forthcoming "The Science of Good and Evil."
Hindu magical mystery tour Michael Harris, Michael Harris is a regular contributor to Book Review.
Nailing Hollywood Melvin Jules Bukiet, Melvin Jules Bukiet, a professor at Sarah Lawrence College, is the author of numerous books, including "A Faker's Dozen," a story collection.
Caesar hails his comic life Gerald Nachman, Gerald Nachman is the author of "Seriously Funny: The Rebel Comedians of the 1950s and 1960s."
Mythic heroes of the plains Jonathan Kirsch, Jonathan Kirsch, a contributing writer to Book Review, is the author of the forthcoming "God Against the Gods: The History of the War Between Monotheism and Polytheism."
The academic gap in starkest black and white James Traub, James Traub is the author of several books, including "City on a Hill: Testing the American Dream at City College" and the forthcoming "The Devil's Playground: A Century of Pleasure and Profit in Times Square."
An exhausting journey to globalization Anthony Pagden, Anthony Pagden, professor of history and political science at UCLA, is the author of "Peoples and Empires: A Short History of European Migration, Exploration and Conquest, From Greece to the Present."
Finding Shakespeare Robert Giroux, Robert Giroux, of the publishing firm Farrar, Straus & Giroux, is the author of "The Book Known as Q," about Shakespeare's sonnets.
Ill-Advised Shift in Health Costs M. Gregg Bloche, M. Gregg Bloche teaches law and health policy at Georgetown and Johns Hopkins universities and is at work on a book about conflict between medicine's therapeutic and public purposes.
Bus Stop Neil Silver, Neil Silver is president of ATU Local 1277, which represents 2,800 MTA mechanics, service attendants and retirees.
Tech to the Rescue Daniel B. Botkin, Daniel B. Botkin is professor emeritus of biology at UC Santa Barbara. His latest book is "Strange Encounters: Adventures of a Renegade Naturalist."
Bus Stop Zev Yaroslavsky, Zev Yaroslavsky is chairman of the MTA board of directors and a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors representing the 3rd District.
For One, for All Victor Merina, Victor Merina, a former Times staff writer, is a senior fellow at USC's Annenberg Institute for Justice and Journalism.
Cities Give, State Takes Away: Let's Change That Bev Perry and Ron Bates, Bev Perry is mayor of Brea and president of the Southern California Assn. of Governments. Ron Bates is a Los Alamitos City Council member and past president of the League of California Cities.
Messy Road to Energy Dominance Michael J. Economides and Ronald E. Oligney, Michael J. Economides is a professor at the University of Houston and is chief technology officer of the Texas Energy Center. Ronald E. Oligney is director of the center. They are co-authors of "The Color of Oil: The History, the Money and the Politics of the World's Biggest Business."
In the Calculus of Fear, Terrorists Have an Edge Bruce Hoffman, Bruce Hoffman is a terrorism expert with the Rand Corp., a nonprofit research organization.