What happened on January 22, 2006
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The Boomer Buster Shawn Hubler, Shawn Hubler is a Times staff writer
Death. And How to Avoid It. Steve Chapple, Steve Chapple last wrote for the magazine about Randy Hayes and the Rainforest Action Network.
Childhood Unplugged Jessica Gelt, Jessica Gelt is a researcher at the Los Angeles Times Magazine.
My Diner Deborah Netburn, Deborah Netburn last wrote for the magazine about Synaplex.
He said, she said Amy Wallace, Amy Wallace is a deputy business editor for The Times.
The gambler J.D. Dolan, J.D. Dolan is the author of "Phoenix: A Brother's Life" and was recently awarded a fellowship in literature from the National Endowment for the Arts.
A metaphorical balance C.M. Mayo, C.M. Mayo is the author of "Miraculous Air," a travel memoir of Mexico's Baja California peninsula, and "Sky Over El Nido," winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction.
California's adopted son William Deverell, William Deverell is a professor of history at USC and director of the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West.
The accidental tourist Marianne Wiggins, Marianne Wiggins is a professor of English at USC. Her most recent novel, "Evidence of Things Unseen," was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.
The great divide Jenifer Berman, Jenifer Berman works for GQ and contributes to the New York Times Book Review, Bookforum and the Forward.
All the wrong places Chris Abani, Chris Abani's new book, "Becoming Abigail," will be released this spring.
All you need is love, even in war Gerald Nicosia, Gerald Nicosia is the author of "Home to War: A History of the Vietnam Veterans' Movement."
Communication breakdown Ward Harkavy, Ward Harkavy is a senior editor at the Village Voice.
How Playboy can score in India Swati Pandey, Swati Pandey is a researcher for the editorial pages.
In TV's classics, God does cameos Chris Epting, Chris Epting is the author, most recently, of "The Ruby Slippers, Madonna's Bra and Einstein's Brain -- The Location of America's Pop Culture Artifacts."
This land is Big Ole's land GREGORY RODRIGUEZ, GREGORY RODRIGUEZ is an Irvine senior fellow at the New America Foundation.
Sizing it all up Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
Jabbing the U.S. and leading with his left Jorge Castaneda, Jorge Castaneda, former foreign minister of Mexico, is author of "Companero," a biography of Che Guevara, and "Utopia Unarmed," about the failures of revolution in Latin America.
Getting ahead in the 'gas game' Peter Navarro, Peter Navarro is the author of "The Well-Timed Strategy" and plays the gas game commuting to UC Irvine. He can be reached at www.peternavarro.com.
Professors as liberators Joan W. Scott, Joan W. Scott, Harold F. Linder professor of social science at the Institute for Advanced Study, serves on the Committee of Academic Freedom and Tenure of the American Assn. of University Professors.
Farewell, my L.A. Wesley Strick, WESLEY STRICK is a screenwriter whose credits include "Cape Fear" (1991) and "Return to Paradise" (1998). His first novel, "Out There In the Dark," will be published by St. Martin's Press next month.
The Xs and O's of social change Dave Zirin, Dave Zirin is the author of "What's My Name, Fool?: Sports and Resistance in the United States" and a columnist for Slam magazine.
Witch hunt at UCLA Saree Makdisi, Saree Makdisi is a professor of English and comparative literature at UCLA.
Ideologues at the lectern David Horowitz, David Horowitz is publisher of www.frontpagemag.com and author of "The Professors," to be published later this month by Regnery.
Defending 'Munich' to my mishpocheh Tony Kushner, Tony-, Emmy- and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner's works include "Caroline, or Change" and "Angels in America." "Munich," written with Eric Roth, is his first screenplay.