In This Issue

updated 09/10/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/10/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

ON THE COVER 42
In the biggest U.S. military mobilization since Vietnam, thousands of American mothers in uniform are shipping out to the troubled Middle East, leaving behind tearful children and worried husbands, and taking with them their own stoic misgivings

UP FRONT 50-55

In Saudi Arabia, U.S. military women and their civilian Saudi sisters will find little in common, says Middle Hast expert Sandra Mackey?

Gen. Colin L. Powell, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, plots America's military strategy in the tense Persian Gulf

TRIBUTE 58
Guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan hitches a fatal helicopter ride

CRIME 63
Award-winning journalist Wilbert Rideau writes for a captive audience, and why not? He's a captive editor with a murder conviction

ON THE MOVE 67
Madonna's pal Sandra Bernhard stars in a new movie and sets the record straight (well, sort of) about her sexuality

IN THE MONEY 73
Caring capitalists Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield have the ice-cream business licked

PAGES 79
With his Vine Reader, publisher Eric Utne makes baby-boom opinion-makers sit up and take notice

SCREEN 102
After Die Hard 2, the living is easier for Hollywood's hottest director, Renny Harlin

COPING 107
Writer Judy Kessler recalls her grief as her husband. Harold Hayes, struggled against a lethal brain tumor

TUBE 117
Tapping into David Lynch's oddly warped vision, composer Angelo Badalamenti puts Twin Peaks to music

HAPPY 120
There he is! Crowing over his film success in The Freshman, Bert Parks returns in triumph to the Miss America Pageant

CONTROVERSY 122
Deprived by Blue Cross of a potentially life-saving bone-marrow transplant, teacher Tom Bradley faces a death sentence

STYLE 127
Mia Farrow, Anjelica Huston and Larry Hagman are buying what John Peterman is selling

IN HER WORDS 133
Linguist Deborah Tannen says differences in how men and women use language make for tense times in too many relationships

BIO 141
When Olga Havel married an angry young Czechoslovakian playwright, she wasn't planning on being First Lady

ON THE JOB 151
Pet tracer Ron DuFault, keener than most persons, tracks missing animals and brings'em back alive

REUNION 154
Twenty-five years later, the cast of The Sound of Music reunites to reminisce

MAIL 4
PICKS & PANS 9
THE INSIDER 41
PASSAGES 148
STAR TRACKS 153
CHATTER 156

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