Table of Contents

updated 09/26/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/26/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

MAIL 8
PICKS & PANS 13
TAKE ONE 45
CHATTER 126

ON THE COVER 86
An irresistible force in the ring, heavyweight champion Mike Tyson succumbs to private despair, threatening to end his marriage to Robin Givens by killing her and himself

UP FRONT 46

Heeeeere she comes! Tiny Miss America! A national beauty pageant for the toddler set crowns a new babe

Singing for Human Rights Now!, Bruce Springsteen, Sting and Peter Gabriel conquer Budapest on their round-the-world journey

In an explosive new book about the Reagan Administration, reporters Jane Mayer and Doyle McManus charge that President Reagan has effectively abdicated while still in the White House

SCREEN 59
Everything's O-k (as in-l-a-h-o-m-a) for Rocket Gibraltar model-turned-actress Suzy Amis

IN HIS OWN WORDS 65
Historian Andrew Strenk warns that fiction, not fact, sometimes wins out at the Olympic Games

CRIME 77
In The Thin Blue Line, film director Errol Morris argues that the wrong man was convicted of the 1976 murder of a Dallas patrolman

INTRODUCING... 85
Comic Barry Sobel, the stand-up guy who prepped Tom Hanks for Punchline

SEQUEL 97
As fallout from his massage parlor scandal, Maj. Ronald Ferguson, dad of Fergie, takes a spill from his position at his prestigious polo club and says "neigh" to a lesser job

PARTY 99
The way Hollywood turned out to honor Neil Simon, you'd think he was the last of the red hot playwrights

COUPLES 103
Living separately but together, detective writer Robert B. Parker and his wife, Joan, have put an upstairs, downstairs spin on their marriage

PAGES 109
Raised among Rockefellers (his relatives), writer Nelson Aldrich Jr. knows that "old money" has its rewards—and penalties—even if you don't have any

SONG 115
Serious and soulful dance masters everywhere have started to break out in a Keith Sweat

CONTROVERSY 119
A wave of defections and allegations of sexual misconduct spell bad karma for New Age guru John-Roger and his Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness (that's MSIA, which some pronounce "messiah")

SCENE 123
INXS and Aerosmith were standouts at the MTV awards, but rockers from Chubby Checker to Rod Stewart brought the real action backstage

From Our Partners