Eve Lichtgarn, 18, judges movies long before they ever hit the screen. As reader for the Robert Littman Company, a Beverly Hills talent agency, Eve analyzes scripts for such clients as Gene Wilder, Mia Farrow and David Bowie and for British director Ken Russell. She's looking for well-written potential money-makers with interesting characters and dialogue that will fit the agency's actors and directors. "Good scripts are hard to find," she says, "but if the dialogue is good everything else can be fixed." Her boss, Keith Addis, hired the UCLA sophomore last February from among 15 applicants, some with filmmaking degrees, because she wrote the best synopsis and review of a sample script. Says Addis, "What excites me about her is her intuition and confidence." Eve began making films on her own with the family Super-8 when she was 13. Her first, on physical education, has a Scott Joplin score, dozens of classmates doing high kicks and the title Busby Berkeley Beware. It was sold to the Santa Monica school system. In high school she turned in films instead of English themes, and at UCLA organized a filmmakers' group, then persuaded actor Michael York to come and talk and bring his movie Cabaret. Eve is aiming for a career as a producer because it's "a good blend of creativity and technical know-how."
Bill Dillon, a Harvard junior who grew up in Waltham, Mass., shows his economics professors how to make money in the stock market. At 21, he's a licensed dealer with his own brokerage firm, Bill Dillon and Co., which operates above a Harvard Square ice cream parlor. "It's a regular business," Dillon says. "We all wear three-piece suits." He opened in March 1976 with $6,000 as the "small investors' new Merrill Lynch." It took six months to break even. Says Harvard instructor Peter Fortune, "They knew the options market better than I did." Accounts have grown from 30 to about 600—20 percent are fellow students, the rest businessmen and professors. The firm offers investment courses and its customers benefit from discounted commission rates. "We make it easier for people to invest," claims Dillon. Of the 13 securities the firm has recommended, 10 are up, three down. July's net profit was $2,000. To handle his booming trade, Dillon has dropped out of school for a year and sits in daily on Boston Stock Exchange sessions. He loves the business and expects it to prosper. "To succeed," he claims, "you have to be self-confident. It's the lack of it that sends people out of 20-story windows. If you're on the ball, you can always win it all back."