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UPDATED 11/22/1982 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 11/22/1982 at 01:00 AM EST

Trick or Treat
Between appearances in Champaign, Ill., Barry Manilow asked his chauffeur to take him to a park where he could enjoy the fall colors. But no sooner did Barry emerge from his limo than 13-year-old Albert King and three pals, on their way home from a Halloween party, spotted him. Albert, aware that his mother, Diane, is a Manilow fan, insisted the singer pay the Kings a visit. Barry agreed, piling all four kids into his limo for the six-block ride. Recalls Diane, "Albert just let Barry walk in. At first I didn't believe it was him, but then I felt very special." As for Albert, she says, "It's changed his life. He didn't have a lot of friends at school before, but now he does. He was shy, but this has made him self-assured."

Writes of Passage
Anyone trying to comprehend the forces that drove John De Lorean toward disaster would do well to read Passages, Gail Sheehy's insightful work on the "crises of adult life." In 1975 Sheehy interviewed De Lorean between flights at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport, and his story became one of the case histories that helped make the book a best-seller. Reveals Sheehy: "He had a father who made him feel powerless, who left the family floundering financially and emotionally when the boy was young." The son, she says, wanted to become "all-powerful." As for his personal style, Sheehy says, De Lorean tried for "perpetual youth and idealized masculinity. He banished all physical reminders of advancing age—the fat, the same-aged wife, his own sagging face—like a sorcerer with a magic wand."

Still High in One Opinion Poll
Former presidential adviser Hamilton Jordan had a reputation as a playboy and carouser during his four years in Washington. On a recent book tour he learned that "people still see me that way. Before I went on the Phil Donahue show, I was in the men's room and overheard two guys. The first guy said, 'Who's Phil got on the show today?' The other guy answered, 'The one who worked for President Carter.' So the first guy asked, 'Which one?' And the second man answered: 'The one who used drugs all the time.' "

Dizzy Spell
Deborah Raffin, 29, a Californian in New York shooting a CBS movie called Running Out (about a mother who deserts her family), was scheduled for a costume fitting in one of the seedier parts of town. Getting out of a taxi, Raffin started walking to her appointment when she noticed two "strange" men pursuing her. She ran into the lobby of the building, but the two men still followed. Raffin's panic wasn't alleviated until the pair introduced themselves as Jonathan Bernstein, Running Out's producer, and George Manasse, its production manager. Raffin says she's afraid the episode "makes me sound like a typical dizzy actress" and blames the problem on designer jeans: "They make it hard to tell a movie exec from a mugger."

Sales Pitch
Pie throwing was a staple of his TV shows from 1955 to 1967, but Soupy Sales was unamused when a Detroit restaurant owner, who had asked him to stop by after a club date, had somebody cream him—with a pie. "He not only set me up for one of the cheapest shots I've ever experienced," said Soupy, 56, of restaurateur Richard Rollins, "it ruined a $500 cashmere coat, a $100 silk shirt and a $350 sports coat." Soupy has threatened to sue for $100,000, although his cleaning bill came to only $12.15.

Furthermore
Carlos Santana, 35, reveals he's given up his longtime association with guru Sri Chinmoy. What's Carlos into now? Tennis. And Paul McCartney, 40, in an interview in London, said he was horrified when his 19-year-old stepdaughter, Heather, started to go punk. "I thought, 'Does this mean she's going to get into glue sniffing or something?' " No, Paul, it just means you're getting old.

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