About the Writers: Michael Laris
Mike Laris came to Maryland by way of Los Angeles, Palo Alto, Beijing and various stops around Northern Virginia and the District. He's written for The Post about everything from a part-time barber who racked up a $21,000 bill for not paying his tolls to the world's greatest bull, a beautiful Holstein named Round Oak Rag Apple Elevation who had 2.3 million granddaughters and left his imprint on that latte you just downed. He also chronicled the historic flight of African American aviators Chauncey Spencer and Dale White, who flew from Chicago to Washington, D.C., in 1939. Mike is a California native who also worked as a contract reporter for Newsweek and The Post during a seven-year stint in Beijing. He covered China's social transformation in a period punctuated by the death of leader Deng Xiaoping; a failed dissident movement that corresponded with President Clinton's visit to China in 1998; the emergence of the Internet; and massive government-sponsored anti-NATO protests in 1999.
Christopher Dean Hopkins
July 1, 2009; 7:46 PM ET
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