CHARLES C. MANN and MARK L. PLUMMER (“The Big Headache”) are writing a book about the history of analgesics. Mann received a B.A. in mathematics and history from Amherst College in 1976. He is a co-author, with Robert Crease, of The Second Creation: Makers of the Revolution in Twentieth Century Physics (1986), and a co-translator, with Dale McAdoor, of three plays by Dario Fo. Plummer attended the University of Washington, where he received a B.A. in environmental studies in 1976 and a Ph.D. in economics in 1982. He worked at the Federal Trade Commission from 1982 to 1987, and has written a number of articles for economics journals.

CHARLES WHITE III (cover artist) is best known as an illustrator and painter, although he has done numerous projects in animation, sculpture, set and costume design, and graphics. White has won gold and silver medals from the Art Directors Clubs of New York and Los Angeles. His fine-arts work has been exhibited at the Karl Bornstein Gallery, in Santa Monica, and in Japan.

WILLIAM F. BUCKLEY, JR., (“Bush for President”) received a B.A. from Yale University in 1950. He has been the editor-in-chief of National Review since 1955, a syndicated columnist since 1962, and the host of the weekly television show Firing Line since 1966. He is the author of two dozen books, including God and Man at Yale (1951), ’The Unmaking of a Mayor (1966), Atlantic High (1982), Overdrive (1983), and the Blackford Oakes espionage novels.

ARTHUR SCHLESINGER, JR., (“Dukakis for President”) graduated from Harvard University in 1938 and taught history at Harvard from 1946 to 1961. He then became a special assistant to President John F. Kennedy. He received the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1946, the Pulitzer Prize for Biography in 1966, and National Book Awards in 1966 and 1979. Schlesinger is the author of numerous books, including A Thousand Days (1965), The Crisis of Confidence (1969), The Imperial Presidency (1973), Robert Kennedy and His Times (1978), and The Cycles of American History (1986).

JAMES FALLOWS (Trade: “Korea Is Not Japan”) is The Atlantic’s Washington editor.

DAVID OWEN (“Business: Seeing Red”) is a contributing editor of The Atlantic. Owen is the author of several books, including The Man Who Invented Saturday Morning (1988).

E. S. GOLDMAN (“Dave’s Depression”) was for twenty-five years the president of a ceramic-tile importing company and art gallery on Cape Cod. He retired in 1981. His first novel, Big Chocolate Cookies, was published last summer.

GUY BILLOUT (“Directions”) was born in Decize, France, and worked in advertising agencies in Paris before moving to New York to become a free-lance illustrator. His work has received two gold and two silver medals from the Society of Illustrators. Billout’s drawings appear often in The Atlantic.

ROBERT GROSSMAN (Silly Sports) was born in New York in 1940 and graduated from Yale University in 1961. Formerly a cartoon editor at The New Yorker and a contributing editor of New York magazine, Grossman has been a free-lance illustrator since 1965. Known mainly for his caricatures and cartoons, Grossman is also a painter, sculptor, and creator of animated films. His work appears regularly in The Atlantic.

WILLIAM MATTHEWS (“Every Tub”) is a poet-in-residence at the City College of New York and the president of the Poetry Society of America. His most recent book is Foreseeable Futures (1987).

W. S. MERWIN (“So Far”) won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1971 for his book The Carrier of Ladders. He is the author of numerous other books, including The Rain in the Trees (1987).

WESLEY MCNAIR (“The Abandonment”) is an associate professor of creative writing at the University of Maine in Farmington.

JAMES K. GLASSMAN (“The CEO Steps Down”) is the president of Levitt Communications, Inc., and the editor and publisher of Roll Call, the congressional weekly newspaper. Glassman’s first magazine article, “SDS at Chicago,” was a Report in the December, 1969, Atlantic.

WILLIAM E. LEUCHTENBURG (“FDR in 1941”) is the William Rand Kenan Professor of History at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He is the author of many books, including In the Shadow of FDR: From Harry Truman to Ronald Reagan (1983).

ANTHONY BURGESS (“The Life Force”) has written some fifty books, the most recent of which is Little Wilson and Big God: Being the First Part of the Autobiography (1987). A new novel, Any Old Iron, will be published next year.

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

CASKIE STINNETT (“Low-Season High”) was the editor-in-chief of Holiday magazine from 1967 to 1970 and of Travel & Leisure from 1971 to 1976. His books include Grand and Private Pleasures (1977) and One Man’s Island: Reflections on Maine Life From Slightly Offshore (1984).

DOROTHY OSBORNE (Acrostic No. 39) crafts puzzles at her home in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

CRAIG M. CARVER (Word Histories) is the managing editor of the five-volume Dictionary of American Regional English, published by the Harvard University Press. He is the author of American Regional Dialects (1987).

The October Almanac was compiled with the assistance of Gail Cleere and the staff of the U.S. Naval Observatory; Neil Spitzer, of The Wilson Quarterly; Claire Vanderbeek, of the National Fisheries Institute; and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.