Table of Contents

updated 01/12/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/12/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

ON THE COVER 48
Since winning the 1971 Miss Fire Prevention title, smart and sassy Oprah Winfrey has gotten bigger and bigger, more flattering in some ways than others, and now she's challenging Phil Donahue for the daytime talk crown

UP FRONT 22

In an era of smaller families, New Yorkers Mary and Arthur Mikowski and their 15 children are a happy anomaly

As NBC readies Mercy or Murder, a film based on his life, Roswell Gilbert talks about his wife, Emily, the woman he loved—and killed out of compassion

SONG 39
After losing at love and flopping in Hollywood, Billy Idol comes back with a Top 10 LP

SCREEN 43
Little Shop of Horrors makes a tasty star out of comely comedienne Ellen Greene

STYLE 47
Sculptress Terry Niedzialek's designs are hair today, art tomorrow

DISCOVERY 63
Cooper Union's Jameel Ahmad's concoction fills the bill for potholes

HEROES 64
As an idol, Lt. Col. Oliver North might have feet of clay, but he could follow in the footsteps of such dubious worthies as Sitting Bull, Pocahontas, Paul Revere, D.B. Cooper, Betsy Ross and several others in the American pantheon

INTRODUCING...71
Pop newcomers David and David chronicle the downside of L.A.'s good life

MEDICS 72
Seattle surgeon Haakon Ragde uses ultrasound to detect prostate cancer

TO THE TOP 78
Former Golden Glover Jim Wright of Texas puts his dukes up as the new Speaker of the House

PAGES 80
Those Hollywood husbands Jackie Collins takes on in her new novel are not necessarily the better halves

IN HIS OWN WORDS 84
Forecaster Marvin Cetron peers into the future and says we're gonna love it

ON THE MOVE 89
Britain's topless model-turned-singer Samantha Fox wants to succeed with her clothes on

MAIN STREET 93
The Soviet Union found a Maine attraction in Walter Nowick's upstart opera troupe from a small town called Surry

POLL 99
Is Madonna a more cunning man stealer than Lana Turner? Harrison Ford more swashbuckling than Errol Flynn? Does Tom Cruise look better in a leather jacket than Brando? To salute Hollywood, which turns 100 next month, we present a Readers' Poll, inviting you to answer these and other pressing questions

MAIL 4
PICKS & PANS 9
TAKE ONE 21
STAR TRACKS 76
LOOKOUT 97
CHATTER 102

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