What happened on December 16, 2007
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
Working the land Susan Salter Reynolds, Susan Salter Reynolds is a Times staff writer.
Mischief makers Nick Owchar, Nick Owchar is deputy editor of Book Review.
Do look down Will Self, Will Self is the author of many books, including "The Book of Dave: A Novel." His latest book, with Ralph Steadman, is "Psychogeography."
They saw it all Lewis MacAdams, Lewis MacAdams is the author of "Birth of the Cool: Beat, Be-Bop, and the American Avant-Garde." He is at work on a biography of Jann Wenner, the founder of Rolling Stone magazine.
Traveling pants David Futrelle, David Futrelle has written on culture and technology for Salon and other places.
Enlightenment Meghan Daum, Meghan Daum is an opinion columnist for The Times.
The mind's the limit Debby Applegate, Debby Applegate is the winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in biography for "The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher."
Honey, I shrunk the president Jonathan Haidt, Jonathan Haidt is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Virginia and the author of "The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom."
The polarizing express Ezra Klein, Ezra Klein is a staff writer at the American Prospect. His blog can be found at EzraKlein.com.
Found art Brooke Davis Anderson, Brooke Davis Anderson is curator and director of the Contemporary Center at the American Folk Art Museum in New York. In October, the museum will unveil a selection of about 30 of the later Ramirez works.
Christmas sneer Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
Playing politics Roy Rivenburg, Roy Rivenburg teaches journalism at Cal State Fullerton.
Patterns of abuse Sheila McNiff, Sister Sheila McNiff is the coordinator of the Victims Assistance Ministry of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
Flying lessons Barry Smolin, Barry Smolin teaches English at the Hamilton High School Humanities Magnet.