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THAT'S UPBEAT, NOT BEAT-UP

All right, sit down. Once again, BUSINESS WEEK's trendmeisters have pressed their fingers to America's pulse, and here's what we've found: The country is in a good mood. Maybe it's temporary, brought on by a post-election flush of good feeling. But consider: Vision is in again, as are 15-year mortgages and savings bonds. Can ideals be far behind? Comedian Jerry Seinfeld and Barney the Dinosaur (theme song: "I love you/you love me/we're a hap-py fam-i-ly") are hot. Gloomy CEOs and regal Brits are out. Hey, isn't that the bus from Hope pulling into town?

WHAT'S IN

POLITICS & ECONOMICS

Investment

Vision

First Lady lawyers

Lloyd Bentsen

Michael Kinsley

Latin America

Rhodes scholars

Managed care

Teledemocracy

Socks

BUSINESS

Optimism

George Steinbrenner

Reengineering

Virtual corporations

Core competencies

Bloomberg Business News

Muni-bond funds

401(k) plans

Series EE savings bonds

Managed trade

Silicon Valley

Wrist braces

15-year mortgages

Separate CEOs, chairmen

SOCIAL TRENDS

Jeffersonian populism

Jerry Seinfeld

Barney the Dinosaur

Denzel Washington

MTV's Tabitha Soren

Dracula

Corelle

Caffe Latte

Goatees

Nickelodeon

Garage sales

WHAT'S OUT

POLITICS & ECONOMICS

Consumption

The vision thing

First Lady grandmas

James Baker

George Will

Europe

British Royals

Extra lab tests

Photo ops

Millie

BUSINESS

Gloom

Marge Schott

Quality circles

Vertical integration

Diversification

Reuters

Global-income funds

ESOPs

CDs

Free trade

The Pentagon

Carpal tunnel syndrome

30-year mortgages

Cronyism

SOCIAL TRENDS

Hamiltonian elitism

Woody Allen

Big Bird

Bruce Willis

Meet the Press

Batman

Fiestaware

Cappuccino

Sideburns

Fox

Consumerism


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