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ON THE COVER 66

Ex-Beatle Ringo Starr, back from 20 years of dropping out with the bottle, leads a revival of rock bands—including The Who, the Rolling Stones, and the Doobie Brothers—that roamed the earth before mousse and Madonna were invented

UP FRONT 34-44

Beef vs. Pork. Arthur Bryant’s vs. Sonny Bryan’s. Man vs. Cholesterol. Ignoring every barbecue pitfall, we set out to solve the mysteries of a native cuisine and find the best barbecue in the land

ON THE MOVE 47

Co-starring with Michael J. Fox and Sean Penn in Casualties of War, Vietnam refugee Thuy Thu Le confronts her shattering past in her first film

TO THE TOP 50

As first captain, Kristin Baker, 21, is the first woman ever to boss West Point’s corps of cadets

ARTS 55

Chris Burden has been shot, crucified and kept under glass—all in the name of art

SCREEN 77

In a triumph of perfect casting, Mary Steenburgen stars as the unshakable Mrs. Mom in Parenthood

SEQUEL 80

Twelve years after he was falsely accused of rape, Gary Dotson walks out of a Chicago courtroom with his legal slate finally wiped clean

TRIBUTE 83

Congressman Mickey Leland gave his career and life for the downtrodden and dispossessed worldwide

TRENDS 84

Battery-operated Rock’n Flowers find a budding place in the sun, and they never want watering

PAGES 86

Tom Clancy, writer of high-tech thrillers, has a new house, a new book and maybe a new job—with the National Space Council

INVENTORS 91

Paraplegic Tom Houston takes a new stand against wheelchairs that make the disabled take life sitting down

CRIME 95

As his execution nears, doubt clouds the murder conviction of Louisiana death-row inmate Ronald Monroe

IN THE MONEY 100

America’s craze for cows has Vermont artist Woody Jackson raking in the hay

TUBE 102

Debbie Allen and an all-star black cast turn the story of Pollyanna into a musical

SCENE 106

Once the best of the TV West, Gene Barry’s Bat Masterson and Hugh O’Brian’s Wyatt Earp marshal their forces for the season opener of Paradise

CRITTERS 108

Who’s big in the Chicago art scene? Well, Suti the Elephant is huge

MAIL 6

PICKS & PANS 13

TAKE ONE 33

STAR TRACKS 52

CHATTER 110