By People Staff
July 24, 2000 12:00 PM

50 Up Front

In pursuit of their dreams, five young Americans overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles

56 Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi and hockey player Bret Hedican skate into wedlock

58 On an emotional mission to Africa, AIDS activist Mary Fisher delivers hope amid great despair

63 Screen

Mel who? As Mr. Gibson’s son, Heath Ledger proves he’s a star who earns his stripes in The Patriot

67 Tragedy

Cory Erving, son of basketball great Dr. J, is discovered dead—less than a mile from home

69 Crusaders

Their son’s suicide leads Dar and Dale Emme to start a prevention program

73 Sequel

Bad-boy rocker Sebastian Bach reveals his mild side, belting out show tunes in Broadway’s Jekyll & Hyde

77 Trends

No longer just for kids, a new generation of scooters gets a push from fun-seeking commuters

81 Body

A destination for dieters, Andrea Halperin’s Manhattan grocery store serves up all things fat-free

83 Jocks

With a gorgeous girlfriend, a spiffy Porsche and a huge U.S. Open win, the very private Tiger Woods is at the top of his game and calling his own shots

89 Crime

A jury finds millionaire Allen Blackthorne guilty of arranging the brutal slaying of his ex-wife Sheila Bellush

95 Style

Fed up with a scarcity of cosmetic products flattering to Asians, Susan Yee creates shades of her own

100 Cover

Rebutting rumors of a troubled union, friends of John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette offer an intimate look at the pair’s tumultuous yet love-filled marriage

110 Kin

Polly Judd Rideout—Naomi’s mom and Ashley and Wynonna’s feisty grandmother—takes on city hall

113 Pages

After years of rejection slips and one very odd job, gritty Tawni O’Dell hits a home run with her best-selling Back Roads

122 Angels

Businessman James Ayers creates a scholarship fund that helps teens in a poor Tennessee county go to college

126 Local Heroes

His role as Joe the Canadian in a hip beer commercial turns actor Jeff Douglas into an overnight sudsation

129 Adventure

Treasure hunter Sue Hendrickson, a.k.a. Indiana Bones, digs up one terrific T. rex

135 To the Top

Chicken Run codirector Nick Park finds success to be finger-lickin’ good

139 Song

Eminem’s hip-hop jests about domestic violence strike too close to home as wife Kim attempts suicide

146 Winners

With dazzling skill and flair, Venus Williams brings splendor to the grass courts of Wimbledon

4 Mailbag

6 Star Tracks

16 Scoop

25 Online

29 Picks & Pans

49 Insider

99 Passages

117 Style Watch

124 Puzzler

144 Royal Watch

148 Chatter