Pg… 4 Editor's Note: We Celebrate Our 50th Birthday.
Pg… 7 The View from Here: Life with–and without–Father by Loudon Wainwright
Pg… 10 Camera at Work: Photographer Robert Vavra Captures–and Film–the Elusive Unicorn, Thereby Proving That Believing Is Seeing.
Pg… 22 Letters.
Pg… 25 Portrait: Judith Rossner, in Her New Best–Selling Novel, August, the Author of Looking for Mr. Goodbar Reveals Her Obsession with Psychoanalysis by Jesse Kornbluth
Pg… 33 A LIFE Series on Our Troubled Criminal Justice System: Part 1: Plea Bargaining–The Tough Choices, Prosecutors Must Make.
Pg… 48 Cover Story: Mrs. R.'s R & R: Roughing It with the First Lady at the Reagan's California Retreat.
Pg… 60 Wales vs. Nets: It Takes Skill and TLC to Rescue the Hapless Humpbacks That Blunder into Catfish Traps off Newfoundland.
Pg… 89 Life Visits Racing's Inner Sanctum: At the Santa Anita Track in Arcadia, California. The Real Action Is Not on the Turf, but in the Jockey's Private Domain
Pg… 96 Lincoln at Gettysburg: A Vivid Re–Creation of a Memorable Moment in America's History, 120 Years Ago Next Month by Philip B. Kunhardt Jr..
Pg… 116 Neo–Neon, U.S.A.: Long Considered Garish and the Ugly, Neon Signs Are Back in Vogue–As Glowing Pieces of Sculpture too.
Pg… 125 Antic Encounters: In a Gallery of Never–Before–Published Portraits, Photographer Annie Leibowitz Takes a Fanciful Look at Some Famous Faces
Pg… 136 The Ageless Matt: As It Celebrates Its 100th Birthday, New York's Metropolitan Opera Is Still a Glamorous Prima Donna in Excellent Voice.
Pg… 146 Life around the World: In Naples, the Falcons Strike Back… There They Go into the Wild Bleu Yonder… Lech Walesa Plays the Wading Game
Pg… 152 Just One More. : Cover Photograph by Harry Benson