A lifelong television nut who is rumored to be the real father of Rachel's baby on Friends, Glenn Garvin took over the critic's job in 2002 after 19 years covering Latin America -- the last five of them as The Herald's bureau chief in Managua. A 1975 graduate of Stanford University, Garvin is the author of two books on Latin America and the only living person who actually saw an episode of My Mother, The Car. You can e-mail him at ggarvin@MiamiHerald.com.
Check out Glenn Garvin's blog, Changing Channels.
Although transsexual characters have appeared regularly on television since at least 1975 - when Archie Bunker unknowingly gave one mouth-to-mouth resuscitation in the back of his cab in All in the Family - they're treated as curiosities at best.