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Part of the childhood folklore on Brawley Drive revolved around G.I. Joe, although perhaps not in a fashion of which Hasbro would approve. One of my playmates’ older brothers, it seems, delighted in stripping Joe and his love slave, Barbie, to their altogether, “coupling” them, dowsing them in lighter fluid, setting them alight, and sending them blazing, plummeting from his bedroom window. Assuming this all-American lad is not now a priest, a Scoutmaster, or an inmate, perhaps he’ll show up at the 7th Annual G.I. Joe International Collectors Convention, Show, and Sale, which promises to promote “the hobby with fun & good morals in play.” Today from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and tomorrow from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Howard Johnson’s, 2650 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Crystal City. $5. (703) 684-7200. (Glenn Dixon)