Hey, Is That Sonny Bono Driving A Vw Bug?

Well, well. What a difference an election makes. Before Nov. 8, the health-care-reform setback didn't seem fatal to the Democrats, and Sonny Bono was a has-been singer. Around that time, too, John Travolta rose like the phoenix, while Michael Eisner lost his magic touch. If quitting Prozac in the middle of this dislocation has you smoking again, try calming your nerves with Gregorian chanting.

WHAT'S IN

BUSINESS

Privatization

Overtime

Two-year Treasuries

Chile

Trade blocs

Cross-border deals

Chunnel train

VW Beetles

Fox

Videoconferencing

Jeffrey Katzenberg

World Wide Web

Accountants

PowerPC

Direct-broadcast TV

SOCIAL TRENDS

South Bronx

Figure skating

Myst

John Travolta

Tim Allen

Ginseng

Wonder Bras

Gregorian chants

Smoking

Assisted suicide

Broccoli rabe

POLITICS

Newtonian Laws

The Far Right

White males

Rich

Tax cuts

IRA

Sonny Bono

Alvin Toffler

Prayer Weekend

Christine Todd Whitman

The Washington Times

Devolution

WHAT'S OUT

BUSINESS

Government

Layoffs

Derivatives

Japan

Trade spats

LBOs

Channel ferry

Minivans

CBS

USAir

Michael Eisner

Random Internet surfing

Tax-preparation software

Pentium

Video rentals

SOCIAL TRENDS

Orange County

Pro hockey

Mortal Kombat

Kevin Costner

Jerry Seinfeld

Prozac

Waifs

Rap

Jogging

Life support

Rice cakes

POLITICS

Moral Relativism

The Far Side

Widows and orphans

Poor

Health-care reform

PLO

Mario Cuomo

Michael Lerner

Renaissance Weekend

Hillary Rodham Clinton

The Washington Post

Reinventing Government