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updated 09/17/1984 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/17/1984 01:00AM

ON THE COVER 82
Her clothes are kitsch and her style kooky, but Cyndi Lauper has overcome bad times and bankruptcy to emerge as rock's new video queen

UP FRONT 32

Denied formal education and raised in an isolated Tennessee hamlet, self-taught scholar Robert Allen, 35, is headed for a Ph.D.

In the aftershock of Richard Burton's death, Liz announces her breakup with Victor Luna—and he tells how it went wrong

Practicing what he preaches, Sunday school teacher Jimmy Carter builds housing for the poor of New York City

SEQUEL 46
No, Dick Gregory is not on a hunger strike again—he's just hawking his new Bahamian Diet

ON THE JOB 54
Lawyer Kim Pearman serves hot dogs—and legal opinions—with relish

TROUBLE 57
A "serious little guy" of 13, wishing to ease his mother's food bill, commits suicide

IN HER OWN WORDS 61
Lisa Birnbach's college guide gives the lowdown on America's campuses

IN THE MONEY 67
Cathy O'Hara is a major league picturer: She paints portraits on baseballs

BODY 75
Author Covert Bailey talks straight on fitness

HOST 81
Now Dudley Moore's got a gig at the piano in his own eatery

ADVENTURE 94
Stuntman Dan Koko takes a big fall in Las Vegas—326 feet into an air bag

LOOKOUT 98

No dummy, Corliss Collins, 12, is the nation's youngest ventriloquist

Marvelous Marvis Martin plays the Met in Porgy and Bess

CONTROVERSY 101
If you want a boy, biologist Ronald Ericsson can give nature a hand

JOCKS 108
The kicking Zendejas brothers have a leg up in football

STYLE 112
Designer Jessica McClintock has caught Sissy Spacek and Danielle Steel in her gossamer web

ARTS 115
Leonard Slatkin's baton twirling takes the St. Louis Symphony to the top

MEDICS 119
Dr. Marinos Dalakas studies a strange disease that haunts former polio victims

MAIN STREET 125
Urban pioneer Tom Garrette reclaims a Washington, D.C. slum with gay pride

TO THE TOP 131
Richard Branson takes a flier on a new budget airline with all the frills

SPECTATOR 137
The Vietnam memorial gets a visit from ex-Premier Nguyen Cao Ky

MAIL 4

PICKS & PANS 11

As the new season begins, Morgan Fairchild trashes it up in ABC's Paper Dolls and the people who brought you The A-Team unfortunately sink lower with Hunter on NBC

Dennis Quaid wanders through other people's dreams, including Kate Capshaw's, in the film Dreamscape

Irving Wallace's novel The Miracle concerns a vision of the Virgin Mary

Those two smoothies Julio Iglesias and Frank Sinatra croon away on new albums

TAKE ONE 31

STAR TRACKS 51

Rod Stewart's son meets Captain Fantastic

Melissa Gilbert takes a plunge

Debbie Allen befriends Emmanuel Lewis

Mick and Bianca try something new

PEOPLE PUZZLE 134

CHATTER 138

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