What happened on July 17, 2005
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The self-confidence man Richard Schickel, Richard Schickel reviews movies for Time and is a contributing writer to Book Review. He is the author of many books, including the forthcoming "Elia Kazan: A Biography."
Graceful elegy to a way of life Jonathan Kirsch, Jonathan Kirsch, a contributing writer to Book Review, won a blue ribbon in pole-bending on a horse called Senator at the Calamigos Star C Ranch in Agoura in 1961.
Life through an accountant's averted eyes Benjamin Kunkel, Benjamin Kunkel, an editor at the magazine n+1, is the author of the forthcoming novel "Indecision."
Out of the silence Richard Eder, Richard Eder, former book critic for The Times, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1987.
The natural evolution of a high court liberal Edward Lazarus, Edward Lazarus, a lawyer in private practice, is the author of "Closed Chambers: The Rise, Fall, and Future of the Modern Supreme Court."
She measured the heavens Jeremy Bernstein, Jeremy Bernstein is the author of numerous books. "Secrets of the Old One: Einstein 1905," will be published this fall.
Fragments of an unconventional life Brenda Wineapple, Brenda Wineapple is the author, most recently, of "Hawthorne: A Life" and is writing a book on Emily Dickinson.
Dark imaginings of the teen mind Anne Boles Levy, Anne Boles Levy, a reviewer whose work has appeared in The Times, writes a children's book blog at www.bookbuds.net.
A liberating booty-shaking David Ehrenstein, David Ehrenstein is the author of "Open Secret: Gay Hollywood, 1928-2000."
Drawing a line on terror -- Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
Pump genius into our park Martin Kaplan, Martin Kaplan is associate dean of the USC Annenberg School and director of The Norman Lear Center (www.learcenter.org), which studies the impact of entertainment on society.
Cell companies hide dead zones Peter Navarro, Peter Navarro is a business professor at UC Irvine. His detailed analysis of cellphone coverage is in the current issue of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. Website: www.peternavarro.com.
You're not good enough! Joel Garreau, Joel Garreau, a Washington Post reporter and editor, is the author of the newly published "Radical Evolution: The Promise and Peril of Enhancing Our Minds, Our Bodies -- and What It Means to Be Human" (Doubleday).
Wrong body, the right attitude Lynne Cox, Lynne Cox is the author of "Swimming to Antarctica."
Computers in class are lousy teachers Cliff Stoll, Cliff Stoll, author of "The Cuckoo's Egg" and "Silicon Snake Oil," teaches physics and makes Klein bottles. He rarely visits Pit 91 because he lives in Oakland.
Believe it or not, science evolves too David Rains Wallace, David Rains Wallace is the author of "The Klamath Knot" (University of California Press, reprinted 2003) and "Beasts of Eden" (University of California Press, 2004).
How menacing is Al Qaeda? Terry McDermott, Terry McDermott is a Times staff writer and author of "Perfect Soldiers: The Hijackers -- Who They Were and Why They Did It."
Let's talk dirty Penn Jillette, Penn Jillette, the louder, bigger half of the magic/comedy team of Penn & Teller, is executive producer of "The Aristocrats," a documentary that opens this month.
Grim Saudi export -- suicide bombers Mia Bloom, Mia Bloom is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Cincinnati and a consultant to the government on terrorism. She is the author of "Dying of Kill: The Allure of Suicide Terror."
Running on Empty Dan Neil, Dan Neil is The Times' auto critic and writer of 800 Words, a weekly column for the magazine.
Witness on Board Salley Shannon, Salley Shannon is a freelance writer based in Charlotte, N.C.
Very Important Perks Mimi Avins, Mimi Avins is a Times staff writer.
To drive for David Lansing; Charles Perry; Henry Fenwick; S. Irene Virbila; Sherry Yard; Hans Rockenwagner; Russ Parsons; Suzanne Goin
Primp My Ride Charlie Schroeder, Charlie Schroeder last wrote for the magazine about people who fish at golf courses.
Chrome homme Christian M. Chensvold, Christian M. Chensvold last wrote for the magazine about vintage men's clothing.