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In the September issue of the Tribune, we put a question to our readers: What are the top five inventions that changed the world? While the responses represented a broad spectrum of innovations, here are the inventions in descending order on which most of you agreed. 1.

Treasure Island

Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island is the quintessence of a classic novel. Since it first appeared in the early 1880s, this swashbuckling tale of a voyage to recover pirate treasure buried on a deserted island has captivated generations of readers, young and old.


For the past five years, scientists have been studying a fragile and little understood eco-system the human body. Specifically, they studied trillions of microorganisms such as fungi, bacteria, and other microbes that thrive on humans.

Faith and Force book cover

Should the CIA continue remote-control drone strikes to kill suspected terrorists? How involved should the U.S. be in the Syrian civil war and the infighting in Libya? What about a preemptive strike against the Iranian nuclear program? How does a nation, or an individual, decide if, when, and how to engage in acts of war?

Letters to the editor

“Plugged in: The virtual classroom”

September 2013 issue

Ready to learn online

Your article on the virtual classroom is so interesting and well-written. How can I access some of these online courses?

—Sharon M., email

George Barris

When George Barris attended his graduation at Sacramento, California s San Juan High School in 1943, it should have been a joyous occasion. But when it came time for him to receive his diploma, he found no words of encouragement. Instead, his principal pulled him aside and made the snide remark that he was the least likely in his class to succeed.

When I Retire

It seems that nearly everyone has a retirement dream. Some dream of travel and time to pursue their passions. Others see themselves volunteering or becoming entrepreneurs. And still others envision themselves becoming ninja warriors, eating ice cream for dinner, and riding their bicycles indoors.

Reenactors line up as soldiers

President James Madison called it “the second war for independence.” Others have labeled it “America’s forgotten war.”

The man behind the twilight zone

All the world knows him as the mysterious man who opened and closed each episode of The Twilight Zone, the clipped staccato of his speech as much a trademark as the twist endings to his stories. The mellow baritone of his voice proved the perfect compliment to his words: You unlock this door with the key of imagination.