Jesus Christ on the crapper! Another one of my heroes has died. Howard Zinn, the left-wing historian who gave us the excellent tome A People's History of the United States. On the plus side, he lived to the ripe old age of 87. Still, I'm gonna miss watching new interviews and talks with him. With his constant smiling and avuncular tone, you couldn't help but like him. Noam Chomsky could learn a lesson or two from Zinn's public-speaking style. . . .