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updated 07/20/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/20/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

ON THE COVER 24
There has been double trouble at the palace ever since fun-loving Fergie joined the royal family a year ago. Now her latest high jinks—and Diana's rumored affair—have people wondering whether all good sense has gone with the Windsors

UP FRONT 32
A life of trauma, drugs and raucous sex comes to a cautionary close with the death of Hustler maven Althea Flynt

SCREEN 38
After a couple of movies fizzled on the launchpad, Mel Brooks achieves lift-off once again with a smash sky-fi spoof, Spaceballs

TO THE TOP 42
Thanks to his witty bit in Beverly Hills Cop II, comic Gilbert Gottfried may join friends Robin Williams, David Brenner and Eddie Murphy in the big time

CRIME 46
A horse is a horse, of course, of course...unless it's a corpse. That's when stable sleuth Bill Graham gets a call

ANNIVERSARY 53
The applause isn't canned when George A. Hormel's hometown celebrates 50 years of SPAM

BONUS BOOK 54
In the concluding excerpt from Call Me Anna: The Autobiography of Patty Duke, by Patty Duke and Kenneth Turan, the actress writes poignantly of her victory over a perilous childhood

TUBE 69
Starring in Molly Dodd, the summer's coolest hit, actress Blair Brown is learning to live offscreen without ex-beau (and father of her son) Richard Jordan

CONTEST 72
Forty years after his TV debut, Howdy Doody kicks off his comeback with a look-alike competition in Milwaukee

ON THE MOVE 78
That canine crusader, Benji, steals his latest movie from a bunch of cute cats and puts on the dog at home

INVENTORS 85
Biomedical engineering professor Thomas Hutchinson invents a computer for the disabled that works at a glance

CRITTERS 89
Where's the beef? If you were a client of Steven Panagakos and his agency, Adopt-A-Cow, you'd know

KIN 91
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's son Ignat, 14, discovers his own artistic fire when he sits down at the piano

TRIBUTE 92
Michael Bennett, the streetwise genius who created A Chorus Line and revitalized American theater, dies at 44

MAIL 4
PICKS & PANS 9
TAKE ONE 23
STAR TRACKS 76
CHATTER 94

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