ON THE COVER 62
It began as a romantic sailing cruise but ended in tragedy. In an exclusive story, Janet Culver, adrift in the Atlantic for 14 days, recounts her voyage to disaster

UP FRONT 32-42

As fans mark the 12th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death, his stepbrother Rick Stanley offers new details about the singer's turbulent life, his bizarre drug and dining habits, and his final hours

Ninety royal candles burn in Britain as the Queen Mother and Princess Beatrice celebrate their birthdays (89th and 1st, respectively) just days apart

ARTS 46
Strung-out on jazz, folk, rock and C&W, the Turtle Island String Quartet gives classical tradition a tuneful tweak

CRIME 49
For years, women on Capitol Hill warned each other about Senate aide Quentin Crommelin Jr., but his political mentors chose to ignore the rumors. Last month Crommelin was convicted of sexual assault

TEENS 55
For preteens who can't get enough of The Baby-Sitters Club, Ann Martin writes a best-seller every month

TUBE 59
After actor Paul Linke's wife, Francesca, died of cancer three years ago, the co-star of CHiPs wrote a loving memoir that he's performing to laughter, tears and raves on HBO

INTRODUCING... 74
Ballet prodigy Michael Shannon, an ex-surfer from California who became the first American man to dance with the Bolshoi Ballet Academy

IN THE MONEY 77
Long ago, Dan Hanna fell in love with a car wash, and that would make him rich

SONG 84
Fade to black: Vernon Reid and Living Colour crash the color barrier in rock and roll

REUNION 86
Forty-four years after four GIs rescued him from a Nazi labor camp, Russian engineer Vladimir Kuts travels to the United States to track them down for a joyful reunion

SCENE 90
Mixed or matched, they were all doubles—more than 2,300 of them—at the Twins Days Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio

MAIL 4
PICKS & PANS 9
TAKE ONE 31
STAR TRACKS 81
CHATTER 92