EDWARD SOREE (cover artist) has been a free-lance illustrator since 1957. He won the George Polk Award in 1981 for his satiric drawings and received a Society of Illustrators gold medal in 1985. He is the author and illustrator of Making the World Safe for Hypocrisy (1972) and the illustrator of many other books.

JAMES FALLOWS (“NO Hard Feelings?”) is the Washington editor of The Atlantic. Fallows graduated from Harvard University in 1970 and was subsequently a Rhodes scholar at Oxford University, where he studied economics. 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. He has twice won the Champion Award for Economic Understanding. Fallows, who is now based in Yokohama, Japan, has been reporting from Asia for the magazine for the past two and a half years. He is the author of National Defense (1981), for which he won an American Book Award. A new book. More Like Us: An American Plan for American Recovery, will be published next March.

CULLEN MURPHY (“The Way We Were”) is The Atlantic’s managing editor.

BRAD EDMONDSON (“Washington: Hide and Seek) is a senior editor of American Demographics. He is a co-author, with Peter Francese, of Health Care Consumers (1986).

FERGUS M. BORDEWICH (“Williamsburg: Revising Colonial America”) has written about political and social change in developing countries for The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, and Geo, as well as for The Atlantic. He is at work on two books—one on modern perceptions of ancient Greece, the other on his experiences as a resident adviser to the Chinese national news agency, Xinhua.

JOHN M. TIERNEY (“Modern Child Development”) has written about science and health for Esquire, Newsweek, Discover, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times Magazine.

ALICE MUNRO (“Hold Me Fast, Don’t Let Me Pass”) is the author of many books, including Something I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You (1974), Who Do You Think You Are? (1978), Moons of Jupiter (1982), and Progress of Love (1986).

GUY BlLLOUT (“A la Françraise”) has been a free-lance illustrator in New York since 1969. His work has received two gold medals and two silver medals from the Society of Illustrators.

STEVE ORLEN (“The Bridge of Sighs”) is a professor of English and the director of the creative-writing program at the University of Arizona, in Tucson. He is the author of Permission to Speak (1978) and A Place at the Table (1982).

ALICE FULTON (“Powers of Congress”) is the William Wilbartz Assistant Professor of If English at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. She is the author of Dance Script With Electric Ballerina (1983) and Palladium (1986).

PAUL HOFKMAN (“Fun With Kurt and Bert”) is the editor in chief of Discover and the editorial director of Science Digest. He is the author of Archimedes’ Revenge: The Perils and Joys of Mathematics (1988). Hoffman writes a syndicated mystery column, under the name Dr. Crypton.

CONOR CRUISE O’BRIEN (“Mr. Africa”) is a contributing editor of The Atlantic. O’Brien is the author of many books, including Camus (1969), States of Ireland (1972), Herod (1978), Neighbors (1980), and The Siege: Zionism and Israel (1986), a portion of which first appeared in The Atlantic. O‘Brien’s most recent book is Passion and Cunning: Essays on Nationalism, Terrorism, and Revolution (1988).

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

PHILIP LANGDON (“Not Log Cabins”) is the author of Orange Roofs, Golden Arches: The Architecture of American Chain Restaurants (1986) and American Houses (1987). Langdon writes regularly about house design and construction for The Atlantic. He is working with the producers of the Public Broadcasting System series This Old House on two books: a guide to kitchen projects and a guide to bathroom projects.

CORBY KUMMER (“Cook Pork Pink”) is a senior editor of The Atlantic, to which he regularly contributes articles about food.

DOROTHY OSBORNE (Acrostic No. 41) crafts puzzles at her home in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

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

The December Almanac was compiled with the assistance of Gail Cleere and the staff of the U.S. Naval Observatory; Boyajian Caviar, of Cambridge, Massachusetts; the Nilson Report, of Santa Monica, California; Unidex Reports, of Atlanta; and the U.S. Bureau of the Census.