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ON THE COVER 84

On the occasion of a made-for-TV movie, friends and intimates recall the stormy—and steamy—way that Desi loved Lucy

UP FRONT 36-46

A wife’s and a mother’s nightmares come true when Marine Cpl. Stephen Bentzlin becomes one of the first Americans to die in battle with Iraqi troops in Saudi Arabia

As the gulf war’s first American woman missing in action, Army Spec. 4 Melissa Rathbun-Nealy evokes tears and tributes from family and friends

To upstart Minnesota Sen. Paul Wellstone, an outspoken foe of the Administration’s gulf policy, modesty is just another word for the status quo

TRIBUTE 51

Comedian Danny Thomas, Mario’s dad and the star of Make Room for Daddy, signs off at age 77

INTRODUCING 79

Drumming on a bucket won a role for Larry Wright in Green Card and in a jeans ad; now he needs to beat his bitter past

PARTY 82

With stars Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins on hand, The Silence of the Lambs draws howls of approval from Johnny Depp, Mel Harris and other Hollywood opening nighters

TUBE 98

By nearly unanimous female acclaim, NBC’s our-man-on-the-sand reporter Arthur Kent has become the media’s cutest Scud-ducker

Royals 107

Brit wits are all at witter as Princess Di’s colorful brother, Viscount Althorp, confronts kiss-and-tell tales that threaten his marriage and embarrass Buckingham Palace

EARTH 111

Maverick bear expert Doug Peacock wages a one-man fight to save the ursine qua non of American wildlife—the mighty grizzly

ON THE JOB 114

California romance consultant Rebecca Sydnor advises women: Research for tomorrow

SONG 118

Putting last year’s bus crash and catastrophic injury behind her singer Gloria Estefan celebrates recovery by climbing back on board for a new tour

MAIL 4

PICKS & PANS 9

STYLE WATCH 33

THE INSIDER 35

STAR TRACKS 97

PASSAGES 117

CHATTER 120