It's a familiar dilemma over summer vacation. You're in Houston to visit Grandma, and the non-natives (i.e., the kids) are restless. Don't despair. Almost every metropolitan area (and many rural ones) now have museums where youngsters can do everything from creating a map of their own heads to building a 50-foot-high fountain of water. "Children's museums bring out the genius in every child," says Lou Casagrande, president of the Association of Youth Museums, which represents approximately 200...
It has been 20 years since Louise Brown, the world's first test-tube baby, was born--20 years in which microchip technology has transformed the computer industry, scientists have almost mapped the entire human genome and Brown herself grew up to become a healthy, well-adjusted day-care worker.
WHEN YOU THINK about it, it's ridiculous. "We demand every conceivable statistic on baseball players, but when it's time to get our chest opened up for heart surgery, we don't know the first thing about a doctor's track record," says Dwight McNeill, vice president of AccessHealth in Rancho Cordova, Calif.
The fashion industry buzzed about it. Journalists discussed it behind closed doors. And for weeks, it remained a secret that everyone seemed to know but no one was willing to publish: Jann Wenner, Rolling Stone founder and self-appointed poster boy for evolving social mores, had left his wife for a man.
THE TREES ARE DOWN, THE LIGHTS ARE packed away and the kids are already ignoring the toys they were begging for just a few weeks ago. Christmas may seem like a distant memory, but toy execs-reeling from a less than jolly 1994 shopping season-aren't wasting time crying in the eggnog.
Wired magazine jump-started a few modems on the Infobabn last week with the unveiling of HotWired, its free Web-based online service. About 5,000 took notice and became charter members of what's been heralded as the Net's first "cyberstation." It's a one-stop shop for all your virtual needs, brought to you by the techno set's arbiter of hep and its blue-chip pals (AT&T, Volvo, IBM, etc.).
At first glance, Tandy Corp.'s new growth strategy seems like a case of corporate schizophrenia. Only months after heralding its Incredible Universe megastore as the shop of the future, the venerable merchant announced last month that it will open mini electronics and computer stores in several big cities.
For Gale Jarvis, it was just an ordinary day on the job. Greeting her at the door were a 35-foot Tyrannosaurus rex, a dog that talks back to the TV get and a hyperactive prehistoric ape named Stink. ("I Stink," he says, introducing himself. "Come right in.") And that was just the first five minutes.Before the day was over she would visit a talking house, play pinball with a robot, assist in the birth and feeding of several babies and do battle with troll-like warriors-all while wearing...
Talk about having a beef with corporate management. There, splashed across TV screens throughout America, was a blistering expose accusing Food Lion Inc., the nation's fastest-growing supermarket chain, of dipping old meat in bleach and disguising tainted chicken with barbecue sauce.