Table of Contents

updated 09/19/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/19/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

ON THE COVER 104
Who is smarter: Gorbachev or Reagan? Who is cooler: Debbie Gibson or Tiffany? Who is funnier: David Letterman or Geraldo Rivera? And can Frank Sinatra save Prince Charles and Princess Diana's marriage? Once again, PEOPLE'S annual readers' poll—our 10th—answers the questions that trouble a nation's sleep

UP FRONT 48

A crop of fresh faces will join Olympic record holders Carl Lewis, Edwin Moses and Greg Louganis for what may be the most exciting Olympiad in decades

Liberace's life is the stuff of two new TV movies, but the guardian of the Gaudy One's estate is suing to keep one show off the air

OOPS! 61
Tani Freiwald and Wes Bailey, a pair of poseurs, pose a threat to the credibility of talk show stars Oprah Winfrey, Sally Jessy Raphaël and Geraldo Rivera

TO THE TOP 67
Competitive pea blowers, tire hurlers and date-pit spitters make France's Unusual Records Festival the Olympics of the absurd

CONTROVERSY 69
Attorney Barry Krischer spurs a landmark court test by refusing to identify his client, a hit-and-run killer

SONG 73
Aussie popsters Crowded House find ample room in the din for their glossy mix of musical harmony and emotional dissonance

IN THE MONEY 76
Want to get away from the ballyhoo? Island-broker Farhad Vladi can find you a Bali Ha'i

PAGES 78
Andrew Vachss pursues child abusers from two directions—as a lawyer and as a popular mystery writer

OUT OF THE PAST 85
A visionary undone by a Detroit conspiracy? The story of the real Preston Tucker is stranger, funnier and more tragic than the new movie based on his life

SCENE 95
Bright Lights author Jay McInerney hawks his new novel in London to curious crowds and mixed reviews

CRITTERS 103
In Iowa, a motherless fawn finds an unlikely pal—and wet nurse—in a German shepherd

ARTS 118
For California toothpick artist Joe King, our floss is his game

HOST 123
After 25 years on the road Paul Revere and the Raiders have a new home for rockin' 'n' rollin' in Reno

LOOKOUT 129
With nary an acting class to his credit, Tony Longo snaps up a string of movies after his growling success as Mad Dog on cable TV's 1st & Ten

ADVENTURE 134
There may be a better underwater free diver than record holder Jacques Mayol, 61—but don't hold your breath

ON THE JOB 140
When barn owls became an endangered species in England, bird lover Bruce Berry found a cause he could nestle up to

STARTING OVER 142
Tink Thompson, philosophy-professor-turned-gumshoe, explores his private I on the streets of San Francisco

ROYALS 147
On a Balmoral fishing trip, Prince Harry stays close—perhaps too close—to his father's skirt

MAIL 8
PICKS & PANS 11
TAKE ONE 47
STAR TRACKS 133
CHATTER 148

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