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Oct 04, 1989
October 04, 1989
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20 Who Defined the Decade
They Were Bold, Greedy, Tragic, Wacky, Wise. Love Them or Loathe Them, You Couldn't Have Had the '80s Without Them
He Hooked American Business on a New Kind of Junk, Earning Himself a Billion Dollars—and Maybe a Prison Term
Launching a Navel Offensive Against Every Pop Piety, the Material Girl Navigated the Shark-infested Shoals of Showbiz Like Anything but a Virgin
No One Could Outbuild, Outbuy or Outboast the Self-proclaimed King of Can-do, the Capitalist Who Whooped to Conquer
Defiantly Admitting He Was Not the Colonel of Truth, He Put Ends Before Means and Loyalty Above the Law—without a Shred of Doubt
Street-smart and Thunderingly Eloquent, He Raised a Rainbow of Hope and Forever Altered the Spectrum of Presidential Politics
Once a Shy Di, the Winningest Windsor Kept the Whole World Watching as She Blossomed into the First Postfeminist Princess
The Couch Potato
Dig Those Boob-tubers! Fighting Off Sofa Sores, Video Fiends Have Evolved into a Race of Red-eyed Vegetables Hooked on Slo-mo and Fast Food
He Had Everything: Riches, Stardom, Lovers of Both Sexes—and Then He Found He Had Aids Too. but His Tragedy Fired Us to Fight the Plague of the Century
Man-child, Boy-girl, Sequined Recluse, This Magical Creature of Smoke and Mirrors Personified the Glittering Evanescence and Ambiguity of His Time
Jim & Tammy Faye Bakker
Their Game Was Jack-in-the-pulpit, Their Downfall a Divine Comedy of Finger Pointing
The Crack Kid
The Invasion of America's Cities by a Cheap and Fleeting High with a Vicious Kick Lent New and Awful Meaning to the Expression 'suffer the Children'
In a Feel-good Age, the Boss Made Us Dance—and Ultimately Listen—to Dark Anthems About the Default of the American Dream
Can a Womb Be Rented? Can a Child Be Sold? a New Era in Biotechnology Brings Hope—and Anguish—to Infertile Couples, and Confusion to the Life of One Little Girl
A Clown with Convictions, the Father Who Knew Best, He Poked His Head into Our Homes and Trumpeted the Old-fashioned Virtues in An Era of Drift
Om-ward Bound into the New Age, This Crystal-packin' Mama Came Back from Atlantis (via L.a.) to Sell Inner Peace for Out-of This-world Bucks
Brutally Strong, in the Ring He Had Total Control, but His Private Life Was a Samson and Delilah Story That Dramatized the Emotional Disorder of the Times
In His Novels Cars Maim, Pets Attack Their Owners, Children Kill. Who Knows What Evil Lurks in the Hearths of Men? Now We All Do
He Waddled, He Squealed, He Burped, He Bumbled into Our Hearts, a Weird Little Gizmo Who Plopped in from Outer Space and Reminded a Generation Bombarded by Cynicism That You Can Go Home Again
What a Difference a Decade Makes
Who Says 1980 Wasn't the Dawn of Time? Take a Good Look Back at the Way We Were. Awesome! It's 1989. Do You Know Where Your Inversion Boots Are?
Tv News Types Call Them Sound Bites: Pithy Pellets of Vivid Verbiage. Call Them What You Will, They're Still Quotes. Now Let's Get Fiscal
America in the '80s Was a Kinder, Gentler Nation
If You Disagree, We'll Stomp You into Jelly.
Noir Has Gone Too Far
Black Is Beautiful, but After a Decade of Jet-propelled Style, It's Time to Say...
Coming to Terms with Nam
They Left a Nightmare of Violence and Entered a Nightmare Indifference. but in the '80s, Those Who Fought the War and Those Who Fought Against It Have Begun to Make Peace
They Did the Right Thing
Against the Prevailing Winds Some Gutsy People Stuck Their Necks Out, and by Their Lights...
Radicchio Ad Absurdum!
Hey, Al! Al Dente! You Were Hot, Pal. Well Done. Well Done? Not in This Decade, the Pink Years, When Even the Oat Went Haute, and a Morel Majority Tossed...
Running for Our Lives
In 1986 and '87 Ignored by the National Media, Gay Activist Brent Nicholson Earle Ran 9,000 Miles Around the U.s. to Raise Money for the Fight Against Aids. This Is His Astonishing Story
What Nancy Wanted, Nancy Got. a Shrinking Violet She Was Not. She Got Those Dresses, Her Foes in Messes. What She Wore and What She Said Often Had Us...seeing Red
Now, Class, Let's See If You've Been Paying Attention These Past 10 Years. Sharpen Your Pencils, Press Firmly—and Keep Your Eyes on Your Own Desk. Ready? It's Time to Take A...pop Quiz!
Rap for the '90s
Yo, Bro! Psst, Sis! B-4 U Go. Here's Uranium for Your Cranium, the Peoplicious...
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