What happened on June 19, 2005
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Thoughts of Onetime Future Father Dana Parsons, Dana Parsons can be reached at (714) 966-7821 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. An archive of his recent columns is at www.latimes.com/parsons.
A change in degrees, but not for the better Russell Jacoby, Russell Jacoby, a UCLA historian, is the author of numerous books, including, most recently, "Picture Imperfect: Utopian Thought for an Anti-Utopian Age."
Virgil's song of the earth Anthony Day, Anthony Day, a former editor of The Times editorial pages, is a regular contributor to Book Review.
Hollywood reverential Richard Schickel, Richard Schickel is a contributing writer to Book Review and the author of a forthcoming biography of Elia Kazan.
An explorer's final adventures on the high seas Neil Hanson, Neil Hanson is the author of "The Confident Hope of a Miracle: The True History of the Spanish Armada."
The lowdown from an author perched on high Samantha Dunn, Samantha Dunn is the author of the memoirs "Faith in Carlos Gomez" and "Not by Accident" and the novel "Failing Paris."
Bent out of shape Richard Eder, Richard Eder, former book critic for The Times, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1987.
The devil made them draw it Gina Misiroglu, Gina Misiroglu is the editor of "The Superhero Book: The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Comic-Book Icons and Hollywood Heroes" and the forthcoming "The Supervillain Book."
Big cases but little discovery 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."
A writer gets antithetical about the alphabetical Richard Zacks, Richard Zacks is the author of "The Pirate Hunter: The True Story of Captain Kidd," "An Underground Education" and most recently, "The Pirate Coast."
An obsession that puzzles even the fan Jon Winokur, Jon Winokur is the author of various books, including "Encyclopedia Neurotica," "The Portable Curmudgeon" and the forthcoming "Ennui to Go."
The True Genius of Fatherhood Michelle Feynman, Michelle Feynman is the editor of "Perfectly Reasonable Deviations From the Beaten Track: The Letters of Richard P. Feynman." She lives in Altadena with her husband and two children.
The Northwest Salmon Win an Upstream Fight Paul VanDevelder, Paul VanDevelder is the author of "Coyote Warrior: One Man, Three Tribes and the Trial That Forged a Nation."
You're Not as Safe as You Think You Are Elliott Currie, Elliott Currie is professor of criminology, law and society at UC Irvine and the author of "Crime and Punishment in America."
Should Nukes Bloom in Asia? Walter Russell Mead, Walter Russell Mead is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and the author, most recently, of "Power, Terror, Peace and War: America's Grand Strategy in a World at Risk."
Let's Leave a Trickle for Birds Without Borders James Wechsler and Osvel Hinojosa Huerta, James Wechsler is chairman of the Sierra Club's Southwest Waters Committee and lives in Salt Lake City. Osvel Hinojosa Huerta is director of conservation for Pronatura Noroeste in San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora Mexico.
Houseboat Heaven: Flush It Wade Graham, Wade Graham is a trustee of Glen Canyon Institute and editor of the journal Hidden Passage. He has written on environmental issues for the New Yorker, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, Harper's, Outside and Environmental History.
Is the Red Cross Red, White and Blue Enough? ROSA BROOKS, Rosa Brooks, an associate professor at the University of Virginia School of Law, is writing a regular column for The Times.
Three Ways Bush Makes Castro Happy Ann Louise Bardach, Ann Louise Bardach is the author of "Cuba Confidential: Love and Vengeance in Miami and Havana," editor of "Cuba: A Traveler's Literary Companion" and director of The Media Project at UC Santa Barbara's Center for Film, Television and New Media.
Our Father Is No 'It' or Gal God Dennis Prager, Dennis Prager's nationally syndicated radio show is heard daily in Los Angeles on KRLA-AM (870). He may be contacted through his website: www.dennisprager.com.