On The Record: Mar. 22, 1982

Maureen McGovern, 32, pop singer who switched to Broadway to perform in Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance, on the career of a recording star: "You're only as good as your last two minutes and 47 seconds."

Alex Haley, 60, celebrated Roots author, on the Tennessee of his youth: "White or black, it didn't matter. You were classified in the Bible Belt South as either Methodist, Baptist or sinner."

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