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This week in 1988

What was hot February 21, 1988–Robin Williams, Tom Wolfe, and George Michael make the news

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At the movies, the film that would bring Robin Williams his first Oscar nod, Good Morning, Vietnam, is No. 1 at the box office. In bookstores, Tom Wolfe’s elegy to 1980s New York, The Bonfire of the Vanities, tops the best-seller list. In music, George Michael’s first solo album, Faith, holds the No. 1 spot while also yielding the No. 1 single, ”Father Figure.” And in the news, a panel of historians reports on Austrian president Kurt Waldheim’s activities during WWII, finding that he had deliberately concealed his record as a German officer.