In This Issue

updated 10/09/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/09/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

ON THE COVER 84
In her first magazine interview since becoming the diva of TV sitcoms, Roseanne Barr lays absolutely everything on the line, describing her furious fights for control of her show, her split from husband Bill Pentland, her new love, Tom Arnold, and the daughter she gave up for adoption and was reunited with last spring

UP FRONT 44-54

Shotgun-wielding schoolboy Dustin Pierce takes his Kentucky high school class hostage in a desperate cry for his father's attention

The surprise promotion of 31-year-old Deborah Norville has insiders—and outsiders-wondering whether Jane Pauley will have many tomorrows as co-host of Today

Billy Joel accuses his ex-manager and former close friend, Frank Weber, of an "abuse of trust" in a $90 million lawsuit

Manager Don Zimmer has Andre Dawson, Jerome Walton, Ryne Sandberg and even perennially disillusioned PEOPLE critic Ralph Novak believing that this could be the year for that most frustrating of baseball teams, Chicago's endearing Cubs

WINNERS 58
Father Tom Smolich's parishioners win big when the Los Angeles priest and Beatles trivia nut becomes a three-time Jeopardy! winner

IN HIS WORDS 63
In a forthcoming biography of Irving Berlin, Laurence Bergreen says that America's foremost melody maker, who died at age 101, was a genius tormented by insecurity

PAGES 77
Author Tracy Kidder earns high marks for Among Schoolchildren, his new book about life in fifth grade

TUBE 101
Generations' Taurean Blacque starts his own dynasty—with a houseful of kids others called unadoptable

ON THE MOVE 109
Unexpectedly elected to the Soviet Congress of People's Deputies, handicapped-rights activist Ilya Zaslavskiy tours the U.S. for ideas to take home to Moscow

CONTROVERSY 112
Stabbed 13 times by her husband, Tracey Thurman inspires a powerful NBC movie, Cry For Help, and America's other battered women join her call for legal reform

RADIO 119
He may not be a household word in your household, but Bruce Williams is America's most popular talk show host

SONG 124
Singer Neneh Cherry finds her fast-track career derailed by a deer tick, carrier of the Lyme disease that forced her to cancel her U.S. tour

MAIL 8
PICKS & PANS 13
TAKE ONE 43
STAR TRACKS 83
CHATTER 126

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