Dr. Carrie Walters recalls that she first became interested in neurology when, as a schoolgirl, she watched a teacher dissect a worm and became "fascinated with the little ganglion chain within it." Her parents, retailers in Salem, Oreg., were quite perplexed by Carrie's passion, but Carrie pursued it through Northwestern Medical School, earning her M.D. in 1971. Today, as a 29-year-old in her third year of residency at the University of Chicago hospital, she is one of only eight female residents in neurosurgery in the U.S.

"This profession does infringe on your personal life," confesses Dr. Walters, who says it would be impossible to meet her demanding schedule with a husband or children. "This really is my life here at the hospital." But working a minimum 11-hour day ("People don't get sick from just 9 to 5") is not without rewards. "If, by our surgery, we can extend meaningful life for six hours or six months, I feel good."

Carrie McDowell, 11, has already dazzled Tonight Show audiences with a speaker-blowing voice and a sassy act that reaches its crescendo with a remarkably Garlandesque version of Over the Rainbow. The four-foot tall, 60-pound Des Moines native made her stage debut at the National Hobo Convention in Iowa last spring. Since that time, helped along by friendly sponsors named Rowan and Martin—"Uncles Dan and Dick are so nice to me"—she's played the Las Vegas Hilton and made her first TV guest spots. Carrie—who is out of school but tutored—has got an album upcoming, along with more club dates and TV. While listeners love her ballads, she loves to sock out rock—"I don't want to get typed."

Peter Schaufuss claims his parents, both distinguished Danish ballet dancers, "didn't push me into it." Maybe not. Isn't Schaufuss the German for show foot? In any case, Peter, at 25, is drawing raves from the critics for his fancy footwork, and as the New York City Ballet prepares to open its spring season, he is the principal to watch. Having danced in Canada, England and Russia, as well as his native Denmark, he emigrated to New York last fall with his talented wife (Spanish-born dancer Maria Guerrero) to work with NYCB's choreographic genius George Balanchine—"the best thing that ever happened to me."