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March 1, 1999
"We gave him up to save his life"

For five increasingly horrific years, the adoption agencies insisted that Chad Ostrowski's memory of a father in Korea was fantasy. When Anne Marie and John finally learned the truth about their beloved boy, they made the ultimate sacrifice.

March 1, 1999
Win, Place, Snow

Far from Saratoga and Churchill Downs -- but right here in South Ozone Park -- thousands of hard-core horse players routinely brave the elements for a fix of winter racing at Aqueduct.

March 1, 1999
The Time Is Nigh

They're not the kind of band to give up just like that -- oh, no. Seventeen years on, Blondie pick up where they left off: squabbling and, perhaps, hit-bound.

February 15, 1999
Counter Culture

An acclaimed boy soprano who was put out of business by puberty, Bejun Mehta remained silent for fifteen years. Now, at 30, the countertenor is again hitting the high notes.

February 15, 1999
The Life of Brian

After a drought in Hollywood playing invisible roles in disposable movies, two-fisted actor Brian Dennehy rebounds on Broadway with a crushing portrayal of Willy Loman in "Death of a Salesman."

February 15, 1999
Hoops Spring Eternal

Think all pro-basketball owners are greedy? Think again.Lewis Katz and the other new owners of the New Jersey Nets are using the team to drive urban renewal while donating profits to charity. Why can't we have owners like that on this side of the Hudson? Well, we might.

February 8, 1999
Fashion Faux Pas

Though he portrayed himself as a charming playboy with a Midas touch, Tommaso Buti emerged from the ashes of the Fashion Cafe with his reputation tarnished, his marriage over, and his partners at his heels. Then The Donald stepped in.

February 1, 1999
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

How do the city's crankiest critics celebrate 30 years at New York? Very much in character.

February 1, 1999
He's Got The World On A String

String theory is the hottest development in physics since Stephen Hawking first peered into a black hole -- and Columbia physicist Brian Greene is one of the few people who can explain it. He also acts in Pinter plays and packs lecture halls, and his new book, "The Elegant Universe," is getting rapturous advance reviews. Has "the Theory of Everything" finally found the spokesman it deserves?

January 25, 1999
Round-Trip

A generation of Scarsdale sons and daughters, motivated by quality-of-life issues and perhaps by a Nick at Nite-ish nostalgia for the leafy utopia of their youth, have gone home again. What it means to accept, even embrace, the suburbanite within.

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