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Publisher's Letter

updated 07/09/1984 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/09/1984 01:00AM

Not to be confused with the 1979 Bo Derek movie, the newest 10 has everything to do with a birthday and nothing to do with Bolero. This is a musical extravaganza, a birthday salute to ourselves and to all of those who have made PEOPLE'S first decade such a phenomenal success. Produced by Nathaniel Lande and narrated by Fritz Weaver, it features a cast of 12 "Baby Boomers," hand-picked from 1,200 actors who auditioned. They perform skits and a dozen songs, including two written by Gait (Hair) McDermot. 10 certainly isn't above poking a little fun at the magazine it celebrates. One sketch, for instance, is called "Undercover People" and is based on our closet readers. They're the folks who will never admit to reading PEOPLE but can always quote from the latest issue.

The show, which has played New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Detroit, was booked into Manhattan's Lincoln Center on June 27, where the PEOPLE staff was invited to a gala, black-tie birthday party. Among the 7,000 who have seen the show on the road were such past PEOPLE story subjects as Donna Mills, Patty Hearst, Linda Blair, Mike Wallace and Morgan Fairchild. One woman even told me after our performance in Detroit that "it was better than half the stuff on Broadway"—and we're pleased she thought so. A highlight of the last evening was the scheduled appearance of Tommy Tune, star of the Broadway hit My One and Only. Tune promised to bring along his 10-member chorus and perform an adaptation of the showstopping number High Hat, especially for our 10th. So pleased was he with the way rehearsals went that he decided to use the new choreography in his show—and, of course, we're delighted.

There's something else I should mention. While touring with our show, I discovered that more and more families are reading PEOPLE. I've had grandparents tell me that it helps them understand why their grandchildren like Boy George—or why their children voted for Gary Hart. PEOPLE is a bridge between the generations.

On that note we'd like to thank all of you who've made us what we are today. We're still growing—the special 10th anniversary issue (March 5) was our largest-selling single issue (3,687,000 copies). Our vital signs are good, and we look forward to celebrating another decade, in another decade.

So hats off to all—and here's to our 20th anniversary...in 1994.

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