March 23, 1981 12:00 PM

Patrick Ewing, the awesome 7-foot, 220-pound center from Cambridge (Mass.) Rindge and Latin High School, is, at 18, being compared to basketball’s greats. Ewing’s coach, Mike Jarvis, predicts the senior will “be the next Bill Russell, only better offensively.” Picked by the Official Basketball Yearbook as the No. 1 High School All-America, Ewing (wearing No. 32 as he led his team to the 1980 state title) is averaging 22.8 points and 16 rebounds. In 1979 he became the youngest ever to participate in the Olympic team trials. Nearly 100 colleges showed interest in Ewing, but last month he opted for Georgetown University. Born in Jamaica, Patrick took up the sport at 12 after his father, a rubber plant worker, and mother, a dietician, emigrated with their seven children to Cambridge. Then an awkward six-footer, Ewing recalls that “the kids all laughed when I played.” The gibes ended two years later when, six inches taller, Pat starred in the state final. “He’s got all the tools,” concedes Boston Celtic president Red Auerbach, though Bob Ryan of the Boston Globe complains Ewing “dunks too much.” Indeed, during one five-game stretch Ewing made 54 of 58 baskets, nearly all dunks. “I know I have a lot to work on,” admits Patrick. “But I also know I have enough to go all the way.”

Debbi Fields, 24, bears a closer resemblance to Cheryl Ladd than to somebody’s apple-cheeked grandmother, but she bakes like Granny. Debbi owns Mrs. Fields’ Chocolate Chippery, a chain of 15 stores scattered throughout the West. This year her staff of 250 is expected to sell $6 million of fresh-baked cookies (at $3.55 a pound). The youngest of five daughters born to a welder and a housewife, Debbi grew up in Oakland and worked, among other things, as a ball boy for the Oakland A’s and an exhibition water skier. In 1976, two years after striking up a conversation with investment adviser Randy Fields during a stopover at the Denver airport, Debbi married him and set out to satisfy his lust for chocolate. She opened her first Chippery next to the Stanford campus in 1977 and turned a profit the first month. Debbi plans to launch at least 14 new stores in 1981. She lives with her 33-year-old spouse and their daughter, Jessica, 19 months, near San Franciso but keeps another house in Utah and a condo on Maui. Fields claims to have consumed 17,000 cookies in the last decade, but at 5’6″ and five months pregnant, she weighs only 116 pounds. That’s infuriating. Even worse, she’s never had a cavity.

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