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BILL BEAR is a plumbing contractor in southern Ohio. [Caution: strong language]
   
MICHAEL BIRDWELL is a historian at Tennessee Tech University and is an editor of the Encyclopedia of Appalachia.

DAVID BROOKS is a columnist for The New York Times and the author of Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There.
   
DAVID PATRICK COLUMBIA is a social chronicler who runs newyorksocialdiary.com.
   
TAMMY CRABTREE lives in Pike County, in southern Ohio, where she works at a Burger King. Watch an update filmed in 2013 here.
STANLEY CROUCH is a noted jazz critic, novelist, and newspaper columnist.
   
JOHN DIIULIO is a criminologist at the University of Pennsylvania who served as the head of the White House Office of Faith Based Initiatives.
   
BARBARA EHRENREICH is an author and columnist. Her latest book is called Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America and features her experiences working at minimum wage jobs.
   
DANA FELTY hails from Morgantown, Kentucky (pop 2,544). She attended Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio and now works as a journalist in Savannah, GA.

PAUL FUSSELL was a professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania and author of Class: A Guide Through the American Status System.
   
LAWRENCE OTIS GRAHAM is the author of Our Kind of People: Inside America’s Black Upper Class.
   
PAT GULDEN runs the Eastern Seaboard’s largest retail outlet for concrete lawn ornaments, located in suburban Baltimore.
   
R. COURI HAY is a publicist and society columnist in New York City.
   
BENILDE LITTLE is a novelist who wrote the bestseller Good Hair.
   
CARLOTTA MILES is a psychiatrist in Washington DC.
   
LANG PHIPPS is a musician and writer from New York City.
   
JOE QUEENAN is an author and columnist. His most recent book is Balsamic Dreams: A Short but Self-Important History of the Baby Boomer.
   
DAN RODRICKS is a columnist for the Baltimore Sun.
   
GINIE POLO SAYLES has written How to Marry the Rich and How to Meet the Rich, and teaches classes across the country on improving one’s social situation.
   
BRYON SMITH is a retired fireman and part-time general contractor in central New Jersey.
   
TOM SMITH is a teacher in Burlington, Vermont. He served on the Burlington city council.
   
ROBERT A.M. STERN is an architect in New York City and the Dean of the Yale School of Architecture.
   
ELEANOR WELLER is an interior decorator in Baltimore who has written The Golden Age of America’s Gardens: Proud Owners, Private Estates, 1890-1940.
   

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