Hot tips, best guesses, a dose of wishful thinking. That's the recipe for this none-too-serious preview of the year to come, compiled by Times staffers and their sources.
1. Gridlock: L.A.'s next Big Issue.
2. Young investment bankers: changing careers.
3. Your friendly tax accountant: burning out.
4. The Internal Revenue Service: buckling down.
5. Forgotten diseases: like tuberculosis, rising among the homeless.
6. Architect I. M. Pei & Partners: a surprise on the corner of Wilshire and Santa Monica.
7. "Rambo" meets the Universal Studios Tour: Negotiations under way?
8. More development in Malibu: Where's El Nino when you need it?
9. "Biosensors": electronic gizmos from Japan that can tell you if the fish is fresh.
10. Death Row.
11. Escape artists Evelyn and Leonel at the L.A. Zoo: Where there's a will, there's a way.
12. Bangs for boys: already a hot hair style in Europe.
13. Miniskirts, with petticoats.
14. High heels: replace flats.
15. Pills that eat cholesterol.
16. The Beverly Hills Hotel: Marvin Davis redecorates, to the tune of $40 million.
17. California air fares: Will mergers murder the consumer?
18. Your cable TV bill: deregulated, and going up.
19. The ozone--or what's left of it.
20. Palmerola: air base in Honduras.
21. Nancy Reagan: and Donald Regan.
22. All-year schools.
23. Gene therapy: a fast-moving medical frontier.
24. Culinary confusion: like Cha's Cuban and Chinese restaurant, in Koreatown.
25. Hurricane Arlene: expected in April or May.
26. Movie match-ups: Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman, Mickey Rourke and Robert De- Niro, Kelly McGillis and Tim Hutton.
27. Music match-up: Paul, George and Ringo about due.
28. Stanley Kubrick: back, with "Full Metal Jacket" for Warner Bros.
29. Annette Funicello: back, with "Back to the Beach" for Paramount.
30. More deja vu: "Beverly Hills Cop II," "Hardbodies III," "Creepshow II," "Teen Wolf II," "Rambo III," "Superman IV," "Jaws '87."
31. General Motors: restyling.
32. Parents Music Resource Center: resurgent.
33. Communism lite: The Russians call it glasnost (openness).
34. "Amerika": From ABC, just when the Russians decide to lighten up.
35. The real cultural revolution: U.S. ad men blitz China on the heels of Mickey Mouse, "Dallas," and such.
36. Larry Speakes: speaks out--in a book, we bet.
37. Howard Weitzman: a REAL L.A. lawyer, riding high.
38. Intellectual ferment: long overdue.
39. Expensive Scotch: now that cocaine is out.
40. White wines on a holiday: Reds come on strong.
41. Beef is back: lean and rare.
42. Caribbean food: heats up.
43. The Securities and Exchange Commission: insider trading, Part III.
44. Steve Forbes: eclipsing Daddy Malcolm.
45. Manhattan Inc.: has the old-line business magazines in a dither.
46. America's Cup: runneth over the Tasman Sea to New Zealand, just maybe.
47. Video disks: They hook to your stereo and sound like a million.
48. Debit cards: inevitable.
49. Plastic surgery: Boomers turn 40. Can a fanny tuck be far behind?
50. Water bars: selling esoteric bottled waters, instead of beer and wine.
51. Mexico: tick, tick, tick.
52. Our own poverty pockets: tick, tick, tick.
53. Literary debut: Carrie Fisher writes fiction about deal-making--both the movie and drug kinds.
54. More hot novels: from Erica Jong and Philip Roth.
55. Tons of biography: including Yoko Ono, Thomas Wolfe and Ernest Hemingway (again).
56. The RTD: shaping up.
57. The Raiders: reorganizing.
58. Gene Mauch's blood pressure.
59. Tommy Lasorda's waistline.
60. Pedro Guerrero: on first base for the Dodgers.
61. Prince: a new princess?
62. The Beastie Boys: on the cover of Rolling Stone?
63. The new homeless: retirees living on city streets in RVs.
64. Dinosaurs: yet another extinction theory looms.
65. Glowing animals: from the same scientist who brought you glowing tobacco plants.
66. Regional American beers: return of the home-town suds.
67. Beer lists: In the toniest restaurants.
68. Funny mushrooms: like hedgehogs, pom poms and matsutake .
69. Holographic diets: Computer pictures show the skinny you, just dying to get out.
70. Minoxidil backlash: Bald is beautiful.
71. "Tissue glue": could make doctors' stitches obsolete.
72. "Wrapped hair": including variations on the '50s beehive.
73. Barbara A. Mikulski of Maryland: new face in the Senate.
74. A mini-mall shakeout.
75. Car theft: another Big Issue.
76. Washington Boulevard in Venice: the new Melrose.
77. Ollie North: The pardon? The book? The movie?
78. Jehan Sadat: The book? The Vanity Fair cover? The miniseries?
79. (Slightly) cleaner air.
80. Grenada: tourist boom.
81. The Great Peace March, Part II: on to Moscow.
82. U2: hot concert ticket.
83. Hyundai: goes upscale.
84. Teen chastity: catches on.
85. Father Junipero Serra: sainthood?
86. White-collar Texans: job-hunting around here.
87. Los Angeles: on a roll.
Left, high-riding attorney Howard Weitzman; Carrie Fisher, a future literary star; for a Prince of a fellow, a new princess?; below, right, Pedro Guerrero . . . who's on first?