updated 07/09/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 07/09/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT
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.