What happened on October 09, 2005
The Unnatural Natural J.R. MOEHRINGER, J.R. Moehringer is a Times staff writer and author of "The Tender Bar: A Memoir" (Hyperion).
Unplugged! David Colker, David Colker is a Times staff writer.
If Zelig had a camera Leigh Flayton, Leigh Flayton is a freelance writer based in Phoenix.
Their War, Their Words MICHAEL SLENSKE, Michael Slenske last wrote for the magazine about war letter archivist Andrew Carroll.
Marrying My Father Paula Priamos, Paula Priamos is a freelance writer based in Lake Arrowhead.
The cougar's last stand Veronique de Turenne, Veronique de Turenne is a Malibu-based freelance writer.
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The unforgettable, irreplaceable Calvin Charles Solomon, Charles Solomon is the author of many books, including "Enchanted Drawings: The History of Animation," and is a frequent contributor to The Times and National Public Radio's program "Day to Day."
Failing grade for a Warren report Richard Schickel, Richard Schickel is a contributing writer to Book Review and a film critic for Time. He is the author of many books, including the forthcoming "Elia Kazan: A Biography."
Intrigue as ingress to the heart and soul of Venice Nicholas Delbanco, Nicholas Delbanco is Robert Frost collegiate professor at the University of Michigan and the author of many books, including "The Vagabonds," "Running in Place: Scenes from the South of France" and "Anywhere Out of the World: Essays on Travel, Writing, Death."
Where war's ghosts reside Benjamin Lytal, Benjamin Lytal writes a column on fiction for the New York Sun.
A search for romance -- or just tonight's Mr. Right Carol Wolper, Carol Wolper is the author of several novels, including "The Cigarette Girl" and "Mr. Famous."
With a language like no other Mary Ellen Doyle, Mary Ellen Doyle is the author of "Voices From the Quarters: The Fiction of Ernest J. Gaines."
Filling in the blank Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
Wish they all could be.... Lisa Grunwald, LISA GRUNWALD is a novelist and the coauthor, with her husband, Stephen J. Adler, of "Women's Letters: America from the Revolutionary War to the Present," published last month by the Dial Press.
Remember Afghanistan? Neamat Nojumi, Neamat Nojumi, a senior fellow at the Center for World Religion, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University, was an Afghan military commander during the anti-Soviet war in the 1980s. He recently returned from Afghanistan.
Chicken Congress AWOL from battle Susan J. Tolchin, Susan J. Tolchin is a professor of public policy at George Mason University and coauthor of the forthcoming "Global Anger -- How Political Leaders Manipulate Ancient Ethnic, Religious and Racial Feuds."
A proposition to end all propositions Bill Mundell, BILL MUNDELL is chairman of Californians for Fair Redistricting.
Now get to work, mayor Gregory Rodriguez, Gregory Rodriguez is a contributing editor to The Times and Irvine senior fellow at the New America Foundation.
Peace is not the answer William Shawcross, William Shawcross' book, "Allies: Why the West had to Remove Saddam," has just been updated and republished in paperback by PublicAffairs Press.
When young Jews major in anti-Semitism 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.
My brother, the warrior, died for ... ? Paul Vandeventer, Paul Vandeventer runs a community development organization in Los Angeles and lives in Eagle Rock.
Mammoth Mountain as rich folks' cruise ship Hal Clifford, Hal Clifford is the author of "Downhill Slide: Why the Corporate Ski Industry Is Bad for Skiing, Ski Towns and the Environment" (Sierra Club 2002), and executive editor of Orion magazine.
Battle blogging for profit Xeni Jardin, Xeni Jardin is co-editor of the blog BoingBoing and a contributor to Wired magazine and National Public Radio.