ETHEL S. PERSON (“Love Triangles”) is a professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University, where she has taught since 1965. She is also the director of Columbia’s Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. Person graduated from the University of Chicago in 1956 and received an M.D. from New York University in 1960. In 1967 she received a certificate in psychoanalytic medicine from Columbia. Person has practiced psychiatry in New York City since 1964, and she has written extensively on sex and gender. Her article in this issue will appear in her book Dreams of Love and Fateful Encounters, to be published by W. W. Norton in March.

THEO RUDNAK (cover artist) is an illustrator, writer, and television producer who lives in Atlanta. He has received several Certificates of Merit from the Society of Illustrators, and his work has won recognition as well from the New York Art Directors Club and the international design journal Graphis.

SEWERYN BIALER (“Inside Glasnost”) is a professor of international relations and the director of the Research Institute on International Change at Columbia University. Bialer, who was born in Berlin in 1926, graduated from the Academy of Political Science, in Warsaw, in 1950. He received an M.A. from the Institute of Social Science there in 1952 and a Ph.D. in economics in 1955. He came to the United States in 1955 and subsequently received a Ph.D. in political science from Columbia. In 1983 Bialer was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship Prize. He is the author of numerous books, including Stalin and His Generals (1968) and The Soviet Paradox: Decline and Expansion (1986).

NEIL SPITZER (“Cycles”) is an associate editor of The Wilson Quarterly. He writes a political-history column that appears in many newspapers nationwide.

JAMES FALLOWS (“The Philippines: The Bases Dilemma”), who is living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is The Atlantic’s Washington editor. Fallows previously wrote about the Philippines in “A Damaged Culture,” which appeared in the November, 1987, issue of The Atlantic.

FERGUS M. BORDEWICH (“Education: Mortal Fears”) has written about political and social change in developing countries for The New York Times, Harper’s, and Geo, as well as The Atlantic.

ALAN TONELSON (“Washington: Media Verité”) is working on a book about redefining America&38217;s foreign-policy interests. He is a former associate editor of Foreign Policy.

LYNN CARAGANlS (“Feelings”) is the author of the novel Garish Days, which was published last month.

T. CORAGHESSAN BOYLE (“Sinking House”) is a professor of English at the University of Southern California. He is the author of several books, including World’s End (1987), a novel.

GUY BILLOUT (“Boreas, Notus, Eurus, and Zephyrus”) has received two gold and two silver medals from the Society of Illustrators. His drawings appear regularly in The Atlantic.

J. T. BARBARESE (“Strange and Wonderful”) teaches English at Friends Select School, in Philadelphia. He is the author of Under the Blue Moon (1985).

RICHARD SHELTON (“The Creep”) is a professor of English at the University of Arizona. He is the author of Selected Poems (1982) and The Other Side of the Story (1987), a collection of prose pieces.

LEONARD WALLACE ROBINSON (“Charlotte Waiting Before Dying”) is the author of The Assassin (1970) and The Man Who Loved Beauty (1976). His new book, The Sin: New and Selected Stories, will be published this year.

PETER COOLEY (“Mother and Child”) is a professor of English at Tulane University. He is the author of several books, including The Van Gogh Notebook (1987).

RODNEY JONES (“Mule”) is an associate professor of English at Southern Illinois University. He is the author of The Story They Told Us of Light (1980) and The Unborn (1985).

EVAN ZIMROTH (“City Blizzard”) is an associate professor of English at the City University of New York. She is the author of Giselle Considers Her Future (1978).

SEAMUS HEANEY (“Above Respectability”) is the Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory at Harvard University. He is the author of several books, including Field Work (1979), Station Island (1985), and The Haw Lantern (1987), and has received numerous awards for his poetry.

PHOEBE-Lou ADAMS (Brief Reviews) is a staff writer for The Atlantic.

CULLEN MURPHY (“A Stone’s Throw”) is the managing editor of The Atlantic.

ELLEN RUPPEL SHELL (“The Getting of Respect”) is a senior writer and researcher at WGBH-TV, in Boston. She reports frequently for The Atlantic on science and health.

HARVEY SACHS (“Reclusive Conductor”) is the author of Toscanini (1978) and Virtuoso (1982). His most recent book, Music in Fascist Italy, will be published this spring.

DOROTHY OSBORNE (Acrostic No. 31) crafts puzzles at her home in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

ANNE H. SOUKHANOV (Word Watch) is an executive editor in the trade and reference division of Houghton Mifflin, the publishers of The American Heritage Dictionary.

The February Almanac was compiled with the assistance of Gail Cleere and the staff of the U.S. Naval Observatory; Robert Shoemaker, M.D., of the National Cancer Institute; the National Food Processors Association; the Salt Institute; the Environmental Defense Fund; the American Heart Association; and the U.S. Postal Service.