Table of Contents

updated 04/27/1981 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/27/1981 AT 01:00 AM EDT

On the Cover 98
As Martin Balsam joins departed co-stars Jean Stapleton, Sally Struthers and Rob Reiner, Carroll O'Connor thanks heaven for a little girl at Archie Bunker's Place, Danielle Brisebois

Up Front 26

Congress investigates drug abuse in Hollywood, but friendly witnesses Carol Burnett, Peter Strauss and Cathy Lee Crosby suddenly refuse to testify

The good ship Columbia opens up an ocean of space and a new American dream, says Astronaut-Senator Harrison Schmitt, but what about deadly star wars?

He may have been the real power in the family, but Nelson's brother David Rockefeller is now retiring—nominally

Phil Donahue falls down on the job of raising money for Mario Thomas' feminist cause

Winners 43
After surviving a hit squad, Ireland's Bernadette Devlin McAliskey comes back with a vengeance—and vows to be an MP again

Song 47
Don McLean says bye, bye American Pie and hello to the charts again with Crying

Trouble 51
A deprogramming case snares Fantasy Island producer Skip Webster in a tragic real-life drama

In Style 55
Jan Dutton's embroidered aprons are lovely anywhere but in the kitchen

Spirit 65
Just one minute off-Broadway, Father George Moore is impresario of the Actors Chapel

In His Own Words 71
Standardized college admission tests are given failing marks by Andrew J. Strenio

Coping 77
Ted Kennedy Jr. tells of his courageous battle with the cancer that cost him a leg

On Stage 81
Jane Lapotaire brings Piaf's magic to the stage and conquers TV as Cleopatra

Arts 85
Onetime bête noire Merce Cunningham is now hailed as the avatar of modern dance

Bio 89
Urban League head Vernon Jordan, also an assassin's target, wishes Ronald Reagan well—but not the President's programs

Sequel 107
Joanna Stratton and Ann Banks retell America's history—in the eloquent words of those who made it

Couples 116
Fred Astaire and Robyn Smith say they're still dancing cheek to cheek, despite all those rumors and that 43-year age gap

Mail 4

People Picks & Pans 10

Terry Bradshaw and Mel Tillis star in a new NBC show about stock car racers

Toni (Song of Solomon) Morrison experiments in Tar Baby, and two daring authors pick The 100 Greatest Baseball Players of All Time

An ulcer has forced Eric Clapton to cancel a U.S. tour, but his LP Another Ticket is a trip in itself

Jack Nicholson and a mesmerizing Jessica Lange steam through a remake of The Postman Always Rings Twice

California's fancy turns Elizabethan at the spring Renaissance Pleasure Faire

Star Tracks 59

A bloated Marlon Brando surfaces

Margaret Thatcher fences with husband Denis

Frank Sinatra teams with Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda

Citizen Carter votes for Charlie Daniels

Tanya Tucker is in fashion, if Glen Campbell is not

People Puzzle 118

Chatter 124

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