OK, it's the busy season for professors. As we have done in the past, we're bringing back a previous column or two for an encore so that we can take a breather from the tyranny of the biweekly deadline while we collect our wits after our busy season.

We chose this column, which appeared in the May 19-June 1, 2003, issue, because of its timeliness. Recent headlines and cover stories have described how the private pension system is in distress - Ford, General Motors and United Airlines, for instance, are all in deep trouble.

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