Red Scare In the main exhibition area of the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University stands a bust of Ronald Reagan. The bust, on loan from the First Family, accompanies the gubernatorial papers and miscellaneous items (including clips from Death Valley Days) donated by Reagan since 1975. Though surrounding exhibits come and go, Reagan's bust never leaves the main pavilion because it is unwieldy. These days the President might question the company he's keeping. His bust is surrounded by propaganda posters from the Russian Revolution and the 1918-19 German Revolution.
Filling a Void Barbra Streisand fans, take heart. There's been a dearth of news about your favorite singer/ movie star in the national press because she's been in Europe producing, directing and starring in a film that won't come out until December. But all is not lost. You can turn to the Barbra Quarterly, probably the glossiest and most single-minded fan magazine on the market today. Says journalist and Streisand buff James Spada, 33, who started the magazine in 1980, "We felt that Barbra wasn't getting enough press coverage. We wanted to present her career in a more—what's the word?—objective light." Nine back issues of the Quarterly, which now sells to nearly 10,000 fans, include articles on subjects like "Barbra's impact on the Jewish community" and "Barbra's mom makes her TV singing debut." Streisand, who never meddles with the publication, sent her approval after receiving the first issue. Since then Spada's crew of five L.A. staffers have had the gall to sprinkle their Hail Barbras with harsh words for The Main Event and her Wet album. Explains Spada, "When you're as talented as Barbra and you do something way beneath you, the fans get upset. They expect you always to be wonderful." Oh, those fickle fans.
So Much for Immortality Like Groucho Marx and Woody Allen, Matthew Broderick espouses the old "I wouldn't want to belong to any club that would accept me as a member" theory. With his name currently up in lights for both WarGames and Neil Simon's Tony winner, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Broderick, 21, comments, "Marquees don't seem so impressive anymore if I can be on them."
Money Squawks Let's just say rocker Ozzy Osbourne wasn't the ASPCA's best friend after the historic moment when he bit the head off a dove as a publicity stunt at a 1980 record company meeting. Then, of course, there was the time he bit into a dead bat during a performance. Times have changed. After his behavior sparked endless rumors about additional animal abuse, Ozzy wanted to make peace with the wild kingdom. In May he won an Ampex Gold Reel Award in honor of his platinum albums Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman, and later donated the $2,000 prize money to two animal protection leagues. The ASPCA folks didn't just take their share from Ozzy, who keeps a donkey, chickens, geese, pigs, silky terriers and a Labrador retriever on his farm in England. They made him a lifetime member.