May 28, 1984 12:00 PM

ON THE COVER 38

Welcome to the Summer of ’84, starring Redford, Di, Caroline, the Unsuit, Southern cooking, one Olympiad, one World’s Fair, two conventions—and a dazzling array of heroic bods on-screen

CRIME 55

The disappearance of Helen Brach might make a classic murder mystery, if only police could prove she was dead

ON THE JOB 59

Got a minute? Sixty-second novelist Dan Hurley could write the story of your life

JOCKS 60

Rookie Indy 500 qualifier Michael Andretti, son of the legendary Mario, is a chip off the old engine block

PARTY 64

Firestarter’s world premiere, starring Drew Barrymore, kindled a hot night in novelist Stephen King’s quiet hometown

FOOD 66

Flaky food critic Karen Salkin serves L.A. restaurants their just desserts

LOOKOUT 72

With a shtick that’s black and bad, streetwise comedienne Whoopi Goldberg is earning comparisons with Richard Pryor

SCENE 75

What really happened when Michael Jackson visited the White House? You don’t want to know

TRIBUTE 76

Memorial Day is a time for heroes everywhere, but especially on the street that bears their name

SEQUEL 85

Still wanted on a riot and assault conviction in South Dakota, Indian activist Dennis Banks organizes the Great Jim Thorpe Longest Run

TROUBLE 93

British zoo owner John Aspinall preaches a credo of kindness to animals, which has cost three keepers their lives

STYLE 96

Iconoclastic designer Stephen Sprouse is sprucing up the fashion scene

ADVENTURE 98

Retired plumber Verlen Kruger and neophyte Valerie Fons aim to swamp a canoeing record on the Big Muddy

FAMILY 102

When Christopher was born with spina bifida, life for his parents, Michael and Barbara Vollan, became a test of their patience, faith and stamina

HEIRS 125

A bitter family feud divides oldtime bandleader Fred Waring Sr. and his son, Fred Jr.

SPECTATOR 131

Pop idol Bruce Springsteen has a hero of his own: an overweight bus driver named Ralph Kramden

SONG 132

The Residents are rock’s strangest act—just look

MAIL 4

PICKS & PANS 11

Soap’s Susan Lucci turns devilish in ABC’s Invitation to Hell and Linda Ronstadt croons in concert for HBO as the networks line up their shows for fall

George C. Scott, Drew Barrymore and Art Carney help bring Stephen King’s incendiary thriller, Firestarter, to the screen

Author up! This year’s roster of baseball books looks into the lives of Casey Stengel, Ty Cobb, Willie Stargell and Graig Nettles, among others

Nashville mainstays Charly McClain and Mickey Gilley team up for It Takes Believers

Pioneering French photographer Jacques-Henri Lartigue is honored in a touring exhibit

TAKE ONE 37

STAR TRACKS 90

Jessica Lange and Sam Shepard are a Natural pair D Nick Nolte gives Tim Hutton a lesson for the lens

Sir John Gielgud goes punk

PEOPLE PUZZLE 128

CHATTER 134

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