In This Issue

updated 12/11/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/11/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

ON THE COVER 64
In our annual examination of the vital distinction between flash and trash, PEOPLE'S ruthless panel of experts lays garlands at the feet of our best-dressed celebs and flays the living hide off those who don't measure up

UP FRONT 77
Young Kimberly Mays stands at the center of a bizarre, tragic case in which two babies were switched 11 years ago in a Florida hospital

CRIME 83
Private detectives Don Jackson, David Lynn and Joe Travers turn the tables on police and investigate them for allegedly mistreating minorities

SEQUEL 97
He followed a long, bumpy road after starring on Taxi, but actor Jeff Conaway is clicking once more with a role on a soap

DREAMERS 103
A former big-game hunter, Calvin Bentsen has a change of heart and now searches for rhinos to rescue

TROUBLE 113
Christian landlady Evelyn Smith tries to keep the faith by barring unmarried couples from her rental apartments

COMPUTER 118
Astronomer Cliff Stoll scopes out an international computer spy

SCREEN 123
Here's a look at some of the people—including Buddy Hackett, a Fruit-of-the-Loom grape and a guy who grew up in a comic strip—who make Disney's The Little Mermaid a fish story out of the ordinary

CONTROVERSY 130
In a gesture of healing in a divided land, the widow of slain Israeli soldier Zeev Traum donates his heart to Arab Hanna Khader

WINNERS 133
Make room, and plenty of it, for the new king of sumo wrestling in Japan—a 490-lb. American named Konishiki

JOCKS 139
Green Bay Packers rookie Tony Mandarich hasn't cracked the starting lineup yet, but he's planning on breaking plenty of heads

PAGES 142
Illustrator Chris Van Allsburg contributes his hauntingly elegant drawings to writer Mark Helprin's retelling of Swan Lake

HEROES 147
The only member of the National Commission on AIDS who has the disease, Kentucky's Belinda Mason is an eloquent voice for those living in death's shadow

REUNION 159
Bob Wygant, Edna Hornachek and dozens of other former kids living without parents remember their days in an Albany, N.Y., orphanage

VOICES 171
Cameraman Louie Liotta exposes the gamy world of tabloid newspaper photography

BIO 181
Anthropologist, nomad and showman, Kon-Tiki skipper Thor Heyerdahl explores the forbidden pyramids of Peru's El Purgatorio

SONG 191
They've been up-and-coming for years; now, it seems, the B-52's have finally arrived

MAIN STREET 196
Jim Reinders's old-car tableau in Nebraska has the look of a latter-day Stonehenge

MAIL 8
PICKS & PANS 11
TAKE ONE 63
BODY 89
INTRODUCING... 92
FOOD 135
INVENTORS 157
ON THE JOB 167
CHATTER 198

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