Books: Flying and Crashing in Mig Alley Saturday Night

by Doug Hill and Jeff Weingrad; Morrow; 510 pages; $17.95

It was the 1978-79 season, and she was just somebody's girlfriend, trying too hard to party down.

Remember: Saturday Night Live had become the brightest, brashest success on television, the show to see, and be seen at. Chevy Chase had already made his mark there, and left for Hollywood. John Belushi had brought his brute comic force to Animal House, which pulled down some $150 million at the box office, and he and his buddy Dan Aykroyd were spending off-time starring in Steven Spielberg's home-front destruction derby 1941. Gilda Radner was the country's favorite comedy Kewpie, and Bill Murray, a shambling...

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