What happened on September 12, 2004
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From a true fan: Marti's story, and then some Tom Miller, Tom Miller is the author of several books, including "Trading With the Enemy: A Yankee Travels Through Castro's Cuba."
Probable cause to name-drop Richard Schickel, Richard Schickel is a contributing writer to Book Review and the film critic for Time.
Small town, big-top dreams Wendy Smith, Wendy Smith is the author of "Real Life Drama: The Group Theatre and America, 1931-1940."
A portrait of surprising harmony Eric Foner, Eric Foner, the DeWitt Clinton professor of American History at Columbia University, is the author of "Give Me Liberty!: An American History," "The Story of American Freedom" and "Who Owns History? Rethinking the Past in a Changing World."
Paying heed Julius Lester, Julius Lester is professor emeritus of Judaic and Near Eastern studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, author of "Black Folktales," "To Be a Slave" and the forthcoming novel, "The Autobiography of God."
Tangled up in blue Gary Indiana, Gary Indiana is the author of several novels, including "Do Everything in the Dark," "Depraved Indifference" and "Resentment."
Iron rulers, worlds apart John Lukacs, John Lukacs is a historian and the author of many books, including "The Hitler of History."
The never-ending question of faith Susan Jacoby, Susan Jacoby is the author of "Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism" and director of the New York office of the Center for Inquiry.
And This, Socrates, Is Called a Cursor Sanford Lakoff, Sanford Lakoff is professor emeritus of political science at UC San Diego.
Cheney's No Terrorism Expert Daniel Benjamin, Daniel Benjamin, co-author of "The Age of Sacred Terror" (Random House, 2002), was on the National Security Council staff from 1994 to 1999.
Always in Our Hearts Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
The Da Vincis of the Art of Political Spin Susan Q. Stranahan, Susan Q. Stranahan is a staff writer for Columbia Journalism Review's website Campaign Desk (campaigndesk.org).
Drying the Tears of Thirsty Nations Margaret Wertheim, Margaret Wertheim is the author of "Pythagoras' Trousers" and "The Pearly Gates of Cyberspace: A History of Space From Dante to the Internet."
Latinos in Legislature Run a Risk Anthony York, Anthony York is editor of Political Pulse, a newsletter on state politics.
Amid Cheers, Terrorists Have Landed in the U.S. Julia E. Sweig and Peter Kornbluh, Julia E. Sweig is senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of "Inside the Cuban Revolution." Peter Kornbluh is the author of "Bay of Pigs Declassified."
Sewer Socialism Joel Kotkin, Joel Kotkin, a contributing editor of Opinion, is an Irvine senior fellow at the New America Foundation. He is the author of "The City: A Global History," to be published next year by Modern Library.
Terror, 1950s Style Kurt Sipolski, Kurt Sipolski is a Palm Desert freelance writer and the former editor and publisher of San Francisco Gentry magazine. E-mail: CanMan619@aol.com.
My Book Is Porn? Sure Did Fool Me Mike Reiss, Mike Reiss is a writer/producer for "The Simpsons" and the author of five children's books, including the bestselling "How Murray Saved Christmas" (Price Stern Sloan, 2000).
The cutting edge Andrew John Ignatius Vontz, Andrew John Ignatius Vontz has short, clean, but slightly messy hair.
Cracking the code Martin Booe, Martin Booe last wrote for the magazine about out-of-control kids.