People: Nov. 1, 1982

Gary Coleman and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The tiny dynamo of TV comedy and the towering inferno of the N.B.A. It was bound to happen. And so it does, early next month when the pair (mean height: 5 ft. 7 in.) team up, and down, for that milestone of broadcasting, the 100th episode of Coleman's NBC series, Diff'rent Strokes. Abdul-Jabbar, 35, guest-stars as a rigid substitute teacher against whom Coleman, 14, and the other students rebel. The plot, unfortunately, does not thicken.

Before an audience of some 800 foster grandparents and children on the South Lawn...

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