DAVID OSBORNE (“The Origin of Petroleum”) has been a free-lance writer since 1981. He received a B.A. from Stanford University in 1974 and later became an editor for the Pacific News Service, in San Francisco. He subsequently moved to New York City, where he was the director of newspaper services for the National Council of Churches. Osborne’s most recent article for The Atlantic, “Business in Space,” was the cover story last May. He has also written about the environment, voter registration, and the deregulation of natural gas. Osborne’s articles on political and economic affairs have appeared in several publications, including The New Republic, Mother Jones, and The New York Times Magazine.

JOSÉ CRUZ (cover artist) was born in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, and now lives in Dallas. With his wife, who is also an illustrator, Cruz founded the studio Cruz Geometries in 1980. His work has been recognized by American Illustration, Print, and the annual of the Society of Illustrators.

DAVID OWEN (“Copies in Seconds”) is a contributing editor of The Atlantic. Owen graduated from Harvard University in 1978 with a degree in English and was later a senior writer for Harpers. He is the author of two books, High School (1981) and None of the Above: Behind the Myth of Scholastic Aptitude (1985). His first article for The Atlantic, “Satellite Television,” was the cover story last June.

CUELEN MURPHY (“Under the Weather”) is the managing editor of The Atlantic.

EVA HOFFMAN (“London: The Government of Memory”) is a former deputy editor of the Arts and Leisure section of The New York Times. She writes frequently about Poland.

TINA ROSENBERG (“Washington: The Authorized Version”) writes about politics for various publications, including The New Republic, The Washington Monthly. and The Washington Journalism Review. She is currently living in Managua, Nicaragua.

DENIS P. DOYLE and TERRY W. HAR TLE (“Washington: Student-Aid Muddle”) are resident fellows at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, in Washington, D.C. Doyle is the director of education-policy studies. Hartle is working on a project examining issues relating to international economic competition. Doyle and Hartle arc frequent contributors to ’The Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post. They are also the authors of Excellence in Education: The States Take Charge, which was published by the Institute last year.

JOHN HARRIS (“Storia deH’Arte 101”) is a former editor at the Smithsonian Institution Press. He is pursuing a master’s degree in Italian at the University of California, Berkeley. Harris’s work has appeared in Harper’s, Esquire, and other publications. His parodies appear frequently in The Atlantic.

ERNST HAVEMANN (“The Bloodsong”) was born in Zululand, South Africa. He is a graduate of Natal University, and he served in Libya and Egypt with the South African Army during the Second World War. From 1952 until his retirement in 1975 Havemann was an executive of Shell Petroleum. Now a resident of British Columbia, Havemann was awarded second prize in the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s short-story competition in 1983 and first prize in 1984. The prizewinning stories were aired on the CBC radio program Anthology. Havemann’s first published work of fiction, “Death of the Nation,” appeared in the October, 1985, issue of The Atlantic. He is working on a collection of stories.

DAVID BOTTOMS (“Under the VultureTree”), an assistant professor of English at Georgia State University, will spend this spring as the Richard Hugo Writerin-Residence at the University of Montana. He is the author of several books, including Jamming With the Band at the VFW (1978), Shooting Rats at the Bibb County Dump (1980), and, most recently. In a L-Haul North of Damascus (1983), which was named Book of the Year in Poetry by the Dixie Council of Authors and Journalists.

PABLO NERUDA (“Love Sonnets”) received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971. His books include Veintepoemas de amor y una earn ion desesperada (1924), Rest d end a en la tierra (1933—35), Canto general (1950), and the autobiographical Memorial de Is la Negra (1964). Neruda died in 1973. The translator, Stephen Tapscott, is an associate professor of literature at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His translation of Neruda’s Cien sonetos de amor (One Hundred Love Sonnets, 1959) will be published this spring by the University of Texas Press.

ALISTAIR HORNE (“The Prisoner of Devil’s Island”) is a historian and journalist in London and a senior associate fellow at St. Antony’s College, Oxford. Horne, whose specialty is the history of modern France, is the author of The Price of Glory: Verdun 1916 (1962), The Fall of Paris: The Siege and the Commune 1870— 1871 (1965), and A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954-1962 (1977). His most recent book is The French Army and Politics 1870-1970 {1985).

JACK BEATTY (“Writing for the Video Age”) is a senior editor of The Atlantic.

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

WILLIAM H. YOUNGREN (“The Toscanini Sound”) is an associate professor of English at Boston College. His articles on music appear often in The Atlantic.

ROBERT P. CREASE (“Swing Story”) is a Ph.D. candidate in philosophy at Columbia University, where he is also an instructor. He is the co-author, with Charles Mann, of The Second Creation, which will be published in March. The book grew out of their article “How the Universe Works,” in the August, 1984, issue of The Atlantic. Crease is a founder of the New York Swing Dance Society.

DOROTHY OSBORNE (“Acrostic No. 7”) crafts puzzles at her home in Hershev, Pen nsylvania.

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