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UPDATED 11/02/1987 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 11/02/1987 at 01:00 AM EST

ON THE COVER 40
While the nation watched with bated breath, an impromptu rescue team raced against time to free 18-month-old Jessica McClure from a death trap 29 feet below ground in Midland, Texas. Now the rescuers tell their gripping story

UP FRONT 48
As Nancy Reagan recovers from breast cancer surgery, four famous women who lived through it—Ann Jillian, Betty Rollin, Julia Child and Jill Ireland—offer the lessons of their experience

MIX-UP 61
UCLA Prof. Donald Cram got the Nobel Prize, but L.A. carpet cleaner Donald Cram got the call

SCREEN 62
Fasten your seat belts—Bette Davis is fired up over her new life, her Oscar-worthy comeback in The Whales of August—and those premature reports of her demise

BONUS BOOK 71
In an excerpt from Chuck Berry: The Autobiography, the reclusive singer tells how, as a poor carpenter's son, he got some costly lessons in dirty dealings on the road to rock 'n' roll fame

PARTY 98
Boo! It's Halloween week, and the residents of a Florida nursing home spookily turn the tables on their young visitors

TUBE 103
Susan Ruttan makes the lovelorn secretary she plays on L.A. Law an accessible Everywoman

JOCKS 108
Gordie Lockbaun, the Heisman hopeful from Holy Cross, two-times his coach by playing offense and defense

COUPLES 115
Religious writer Marjorie Holmes asked God to send her a man—and up popped Dr. George Schmieler

GALLERY 124
Looking past the violent headlines, photographer Jill Freedman captures the Celtic soul in A Time That Was: Irish Moments

LOOKOUT 130
With grit and good-natured rivalry, three young stars of the U.S. gymnastics team vault toward next year's Olympics

FOR THE RECORD 135
Lucille Ryman Carroll, who headed MGM's talent department during the studio's golden age, recalls life with Liz, Rock, Marilyn—and Nancy Reagan

ON THE JOB 143
Trick or treat? Portraitist Hugh McMahon carves stars' faces into pumpkins

BODY 147
A former 435-pounder, Steve Silva weighs in at the Eiffel Tower with a courageous attempt on the vertical-mile record

SONG 153
Troubadour to the animal kingdom, Dennis Knick may not make big bucks, but he's always hounded for encores

HELPING HANDS 157
Springsteen, Run-D.M.C, Madonna, Sting, U2 and other rockers lend their talents to an all-star Christmas album to benefit the Special Olympics

MAIL 4
PICKS & PANS 13
TAKE ONE 39
STAR TRACKS 67
CHATTER 160

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