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updated 03/28/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/28/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST

ON THE COVER 98
Richard Chamberlain (not to mention Barbara Stanwyck) stars in ABC's upcoming The Thorn Birds, whose sizzling plot is matched by the real-life romance of co-stars Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown

UP FRONT 34

Aloft on a billboard, three hardy Pennsylvanians attempt to outlast each other—and win a mobile home

Joan Collins, Sally Struthers, Janet Leigh and other celebrity moms (and their daughters) are dressed to kill (for charity, of course)

Tamara McKinney is America's top woman ski racer and she has yet to peak

Author James Michener rides herd on the Lone Star State to write and research a new opus

TUBE 48
First Lady Nancy Reagan guested on his TV show, but for Gary Coleman, 15, getting a new kidney is his first priority

BIO 52
Adrift for 76 days on the open Atlantic, Steven Callahan survived by will and by wile

IN ITS OWN WORDS 63
A robot named Hero gets all charged up when it talks high-tech

COPING 71
Philadelphia hockey star Bobby Clarke faces off his oldest foe—diabetes

VIDEO 77
Rich Little uses 16 of his hundreds of voices in a cable TV romp through the Robin Hood saga

CRIME 82
Lawyer David Marks charges a Texas nursing home with abuse, neglect—and murder

PARTY 89
As Barbara Walters, Tom Brokaw and O.J. Simpson agree, ABC's Roone Arledge is Man of the Year

SCREEN 93
Gandhi's Ben Kingsley escapes Oscar fever at home in England with his director wife and new baby

TRENDS 96
Punk pales in comparison to rock's latest craze: slam dancing

CONTROVERSY 102
Soldier of fortune (and misfortune) Bo Gritz sparks an angry debate over Gl survivors in Laos

FOOD 107
The 1983 harvest of the world's most expensive foods comes in with truffles and flourishes

LOOKOUT 112
At 24, Gil Saldana is a California mayor

SEQUEL 119
Mary Ellen Pinkham became a fat cat giving housewives helpful hints. Now she's back with a thin tip: how to lose weight and keep it off

ON THE JOB 123
Dentist Terry Myers makes house calls—at the Detroit Zoo

MAIL 2

PICKS & PANS 5

Sheena Easton duets with Kenny Rogers on NBC while Ralph Waite leaves Walton's Mountain for The Mississippi on CBS

Margot Kidder and Robert Hays get their feet back on the ground in the mildly stylish comedy Trenchcoat

Self-help guru Wayne Dyer finds his own erroneous zone: novel writing

Rebounding from illness, Eric Clapton finds himself in Money and Cigarettes

Read any good bumper stickers lately? Here are some best-sellers

TAKE ONE 33

STAR TRACKS 60

Roberto Rossellini and Paul Belmondo sport royal beaux ties

Mike Love of the Beach Boys goes to bat

Bette Midler is divine once more

PEOPLE PUZZLE 116

CHATTER 124

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