JAMES FALLOWS (“The Case Against Credentialism”) is the Washington editor of The Atlantic. A Harvard graduate, Fallows has been an editor of The Washington Monthly and of Texas Monthly. From 1977 to 1979 he served as President Jimmy Carter’s chief speechwriter. Since joining the staff of The Atlantic Fallows has written numerous articles on subjects ranging from economics and national defense to immigration and computers. He has twice won the Champion Media Award for Economic Understanding, and it is book National Defense won an American Book Award in 1981.

JAMES MARSH (cover artist) was born in Yorkshire, England, and attended Batley College of Art and Design, graduating in 1966. After working for several studios Marsh formed his own design group, Head Office, in 1968. He has been a free-lance illustrator since 1975. Marsh’s work has been recognized by Graphis, Communication Arts, Images, and European Illustration.

PHILIP LANGDON (“‘Burgers! Shakes!’”) is a writer specializing in urban architecture and design. He attended Allegheny College, in Pennsylvania, and holds a master’s degree in history from Utah State University. Langdon joined The Buffalo Evening News as a reporter in 1973, and in 1980 he began writing a column on architecture and design. In 1982 he received a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts for a study of commercial architecture. The resulting book, Orange Roofs, Golden Arches: A History of American Chain Restaurants, will be published in May by Alfred A. Knopf. Another new book by Langdon, American Houses Today, will be published next fall by Stewart, Tabori & Chang. The book grew out of Langdon’s September, 1984, cover story in The Atlantic, “The American House.”

JACK BEATTY (“A Handle on the News”) is a senior editor of The Atlantic.

DAVID OWEN (“Marketing: What’s Hot, What’s Not”) is the author of High School (1981) and None of the Above: Behind the Myth of Scholastic Aptitude (1985). His article on satellite television was The Atlantic’s cover story last June.

NORMAN J. ORNSTEIN (“Washington: Minority Report”) is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, in Washington, D.C., and a commentator on The MacNeill Lehrer News Hour. He was also the series editor of Congress: We the People, a public-television documentary. Ornstein was a co-editor of The New Congress (1981) and is an editor of the biennial Vital Statistics on Congress.

FERGUS M. BORDEWICH (“Athens: Democracy Adrift”) is a writer with a special interest in the politics of developing countries. His work has appeared in The New York Times. Harper’s, and Geo, as well as in The Atlantic. Bordewich is at work on two books—one on Greek culture, the other on his experiences as a resident adviser to the Chinese national news agency, Xinhua.

JOHN HARRIS (“Christmas Books”), formerly an editor at the Smithsonian Institution Press, is pursuing a master’s degree in Italian at the University of California, Berkeley.

LEE K. ABBOTT (“Category Z”) is an associate professor of English at Case Western Reserve University. He is the author of The Heart Never Fits Its Wanting (1980), a collection of short stories. A second collection, Love Is the Crooked Thing, will appear next year.

GUY BILLOUT (“Loop”), born in France, has worked in New York as a free-lance illustrator since 1969. His feature appears in alternate issues of The Atlantic.

STEPHEN SANDY (“Egyptian Onions”) teaches literature at Bennington College. He is the author of several volumes of poetry, including Riding to Greylock (1983), and is working on a new collection that will be published in 1986.

BRAD LEITHAUSER (“Rabbits”) is a poet and novelist and the recipient in 1983 of a John D. and Catherine MacArthur Foundation prize. He is the author of Hundreds of Fireflies (1982), a collection of his poems, and of the novel Equal Distance (1985). Another volume of poetry, Cats of the Temple, will be published in January.

EDWARD HIRSCH (“Execution”) is an associate professor of English at the University of Houston and the recipient this year of a Guggenheim Fellowship in poetry. He is the author of For the Sleepwalkers (1981). A new book of his poems, Wild Gratitude, will appear next year.

CHALMERS JOHNSON (“The Moral Equivalent of Defeat”) teaches political science at the University of California, Berkeley. Johnson is the author of several books about the political economy of East Asia, including MITI and the Japanese Miracle (1982).

PETER DAVISON (“The Last Word”) is the poetry editor of The Atlantic. Formerly a senior editor of the Atlantic Monthly Press and for fifteen years its director, Davison this fall joined with Houghton Mifflin to undertake the publication of books under the Peter Davison imprint. Davison is the author of eight books of poetry, most recently Praying Wrong: New and Selected Poems 1957-1984.

PHOEBE-LOU ADAMS (“Brief Reviews”) is a staff writer for The Atlantic.

MICHAEL ULLMAN (“Melodic Trumpet”) is on leave from Tufts University, where he has taught English as a visiting assistant professor since 1982. He is the author of Jazz Lives: Portraits in Words and Pictures (1980) and is at work on a history of jazz.

CORBY KUMMER (“History in the Making”) is an associate editor of The Atlantic.

PETER W. MITCHELL (“High-Tech TV”) is a recording and product-design engineer. Formerly an astrophysicist working under contract to the U.S. government, mainly in the area of missilenosecone development, Mitchell formed his own company, Mystic Valley Audio, in 1975. He writes often about audio, video, and computers.

DOROTHY OSBORNE (“Acrostic No. 5”) crafts puzzles at her home in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

EMILY COX and HENRY RATHVON (“The Puzzler”) create crossword puzzles for several publications.