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MAY 17, 1999 VOL. 153 NO. 19


Spotlight

THE JEDI'S MASTER: As a force of Star Wars fans camped out in front of theaters in the U.S. to buy the first tickets to The Phantom Menace, producer-director George Lucas fended off generally tepid reviews, repeating the modest reminder: "It's only a movie." Yeah, a movie that will only make billions. Illustration for TIME by John Kascht

W I N N E R S

JEAN-MARIE LE PEN
Court rules French right-winger, not his rival, has the rights to the name and symbol of National Front party
QUENTIN BLAKE
Illustrator who helped give many of Roald Dahl's characters life, named Britain's first Children's Laureate
ZEPPELIN
Comeback took 60 years, but German firm will revive airship known for Hindenburg mishap

L O S E R S

YEVGENY PRIMAKOV
Another one bites the dust--he's the third Russian PM to be sacked by President Yeltsin in 14 months
DENNIS HOPPER
Take two. Judge rules actor must pay colleague Rip Torn $475,000 more for defaming him on TV
MICHAEL JACKSON
Italian court fines King of Pop for plagiarizing 1991 song from one of country's most famous singers

V E R B A T I M
"I have in a small way done my duty to my country and my people. I do not want to reach 100 years still trying to bring a solution to some complicated issue."
Nelson Mandela, 80-year-old South African leader marking the fifth anniversary of his presidency, on his plans to retire next month

"It was a mistake, and the leaders of China do us and themselves a great disservice by pretending otherwise."
John McCain, U.S. Senator, asking Beijing to accept apologies for the bombing of its Belgrade embassy

"We used to think the United States was a model. But this is the end of the honeymoon with America."
Wang Fei, protester in Beijing, objecting to the embassy bombing

"Buckingham Palace is not a theme park."
Palace spokesman, after the royal residence was placed at the bottom of a list of Britain's top attractions



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