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updated 01/09/1989 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/09/1989 01:00AM

MAIL 4
PICKS & PANS 11
TAKE ONE 35
STAR TRACKS 96
CHATTER 104

ON THE COVER 64
PEOPLE'S early-warning system alerts you to the next wave of books, films, records and TV shows

MOVIES: Dennis Quaid is Jerry Lee Lewis; Steven Spielberg wraps another Indiana Jones; Jane Fonda co-stars with Gregory Peck and Robert De Niro; Marlon Brando returns

TELEVISION: Family Ties ends; PBS launches an ancient news show; Oprah Winfrey opts for prime-time drama; Burt Reynolds signs for six two-hour TV movies

BOOKS: Roseanne Barr and Frank Zappa on life; Gilda Radner on surviving cancer; Fergie on the kids' book beat; David Halberstam on baseball; Alice Walker and Shirley MacLaine on matters cosmic

MUSIC: New albums by Boy George, Lacy J. Dalton; debuts by Mica Paris and Apollonia; Carole King's comeback; Roy Orbison's poignant farewell

ETC.: Anniversaries for Beverly Hills, Charlie Chaplin, Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz; retirement for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; promotion for George Bush

UP FRONT 36

The searing power of Mississippi Burning turns a harsh spotlight on Philadelphia, Miss., where three young civil rights crusaders were murdered in 1964; townsfolk find the movie an unwelcome reminder of the case that still shadows their lives

In the House of Windsor, B stands for Baby Bea's baptism and bubbly back at Buckingham Palace

Once married and divorced, Miami Vice's Don Johnson and Working Girl Melanie Griffith are planning a matrimonial rerun

ROYALS 51
All the king's money and all the king's friends couldn't save Prince Ludwig and Princess Isabelle from themselves

STAGE 54
Leaving his tough-guy act behind, Sean Penn stars in friend and playwright David Rabe's Los Angeles production of Hurlyburly

COUPLES 56
With a little help from his wife, writer Ellen Schwamm, Harold Brodkey may finally finish the novel he has worked on for 30 years

CONTROVERSY 85
Medical writer John Pekkanen takes the pulse of an ailing medical profession and finds reason for worry

IN HIS OWN WORDS 91
Psychologist Donald Norman explains why man is so befuddled by machines

HOST 98
Business has heated up at Mystic Pizza, the place, thanks to Mystic Pizza, the movie

JOCKS 102
Dribbling maestro Bob Nickerson can keep more basketballs in play than any man alive

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