July 06, 1987 12:00 PM

ON THE COVER 96

Fred Astaire, the incomparable poet of motion, leaves a grieving widow and children and, fortunately, generations of fans determined to keep burnished the memory of his elegance

UP FRONT 28

Mauled to death by a vicious pit bullterrier, James Soto, 2, of Morgan Hill, Calif. is the latest victim of a breed of fighting dog that may be just too dangerous

Fergie, Prince Andrew, John Travolta, Meat Loaf et al. whoop it up at Prince Edward’s charity competition, but the royal jokers were too wild for the Queen

Practicing her own brand of full disclosure, Italian porn star Cicciolina bares all and wins election to Parliament

A legend of the American theater, George Abbott celebrates his 100th birthday with a revival of his 1926 hit play, Broadway

While Madonna was making music on tour, Sean Penn was facing it in a Los Angeles courtroom, en route to two months behind bars

JOCKS 45

Houston Astro Mike Scott reigns as baseball’s most feared pitcher, thanks to his devilish split-fingered fastball

TO THE TOP 52

Tim and Nina Zagat’s restaurant guides serve up opinions from thousands of amateur food critics

CRIME 57

Debra Banister was bored, John Wayne Hearn was her weapon; they made a love match that ended in murder

FOOD 71

Fresno’s Ralph Tucker comes out slugging for the common brown garden snail

TEACHER 75

Some 250,000 student fans compete in Sam Micklus’ “Odyssey of the Mind”

PAGES 79

Thirty-four years after poet Dylan Thomas drank himself to oblivion, his widow, Caitlin, recalls their debauched life together

WINNERS 85

With the help of concerned citizens, state lottery officials and a heifer named Babe, Michigan stages its first cow-drop raffle

BIO 86

With catchy songs, a raucous stage act and mood swings strong enough to tilt the globe, Ray Davies has made the Kinks a rock act that refuses to die

ROYALS 95

A bummed-out Prince Charles chews out Princess Di for picking the wrong parking place

ARTS 109

Howard Finster, 72, paints and assembles outlandish art for the Lord—and for Talking Heads, too

STAGE 115

London’s Frances Ruffelle wins hearts and a Tony award in Les Misérables

LOOKOUT 121

Tumbler Derrick Gibson, 13 and just 80 pounds, may be worth his weight in Olympic gold

SCENE 123

In Laurie Mallet’s unusual town house, even the furniture disappears into the woodwork

Mail 2

Picks & Pans 9

Take One 27

Star Tracks 41

Chatter 126

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