07/27/1992 at 01:00 AM EDT
LIKE WOODY ALLEN'S CHAMELEON, Zelig, Maddy's Miller turns up in the most unusual places. As a photographer, she has shot such luminaries as Elton John, Cher and Janis Joplin. As PEOPLE'S associate picture editor, she has overseen special projects like the 50 Most Beautiful People. So when it came to choosing someone to revive our photographic memories of teen idols over the past half century, Maddy's experience made her a natural. That, and the fact that she was at The Ed Sullivan Show on Feb. 9, 1964—the day the Beatles made their U.S. debut.
Then there was her friendship with Davy Jones, whom she met in New York City before he became Davy Jones of the Monkees. Jones was playing the Artful Dodger in Oliver! on Broadway and happened to be standing outside the theater when Miller was buying her ticket. It was summertime in the city so Maddy, 15, invited Davy, 17, to a local swimming pool in Queens. "It was my first real date," says Jones. "I felt like I'd really grown up. Something like that you don't forget." Almost 30 summers later, they met again at his farm in Pennsylvania, when Maddy photographed Jones for this issue (page 73). "I'd recognize him anywhere because he has these warm eyes," she says.
Miller comes from a family of photographers—her dad and two brothers are all professionals. When she was a toddler, her father would take her to Look magazine, where he worked as a photo technician. "I was the pinup baby of the darkroom," she says. By age 18, she was back at Look as a picture researcher. Maddy came to PEOPLE as a picture editor in 1980. Like her reunion with Davy Jones, Miller hopes this issue provides happy reacquaintances between readers and their pasts. "It's all about nostalgia," she says, "like catching up with an old friend."
After we went to press with our story on Annette Funicello (page 56), she revealed publicly that she is fighting multiple sclerosis, a degenerative disease that strikes the central nervous system. "I have learned to take one day at a time," says the actress, whose illness was diagnosed five years ago. "With a lot of prayers and family support, I am able to deal with it." We join all our readers in wishing her well.