1987: Another year gone, and we were there to watch the famous and not-so-famous and the please-God-make-me-famous-too. there were milestones, half-milestones and a few events measured in inches ...

Chrysler's Lee Iacocca, the king of yuppiedom whose self-serving autobiography surprisingly almost outsold the Bible and last year was even sold to the Chinese, started 1987 by dumping his wife of less than nine months. Sentimental sweetheart that he is, he had the papers served to her on New Year's Eve. And she isn't likely to benefit financially from the brief marriage, which legally ended in November ... It was the year of that kind of marriage. Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke, 75, married his lady friend Suzanne Martin, 31, late in July. Alas, wedded bliss was not for this couple. She's pregnant, divorce proceedings are underway and she isn't likely to benefit financially from the brief marriage ... And that other marriage made in Heaven, between actress Joan Collins and her much younger Swedish handbag-carrier husband Peter Holm came to an unceremonious end after 13 months. He had a bright idea, though: He wanted a tidy $80,000 a month to keep him in the manner to which he had become accustomed. Alas! The court saw otherwise ...

But wait, some show business marriages do last. The one between Rambo Sylvester Stallone and his tall Rambette Brigitte Nielsen lasted 19 long months. Brigitte knew what she was doing -- she did benefit financially ...

Apparently some people never give up on marriage, no matter how often burned. Johnny Carson married again this year. His ex-wives have all benefited financially ...

How soon they forget. Shari Theismann read the book written by her former husband of 14 years, Joe Theismann, and saw she was only mentioned in a passing reference. "Joe must have been involved in immaculate conceptions," she mused, "because someone in the house had three children" ...

As Lorenz Hart wrote: "When love congeals, it soon reveals the faint aroma of performing seals" ...

Elizabeth Taylor on a Harley-Davidson! Only the wonderfully colorful Malcolm Forbes could carry it off. After all those men who gave her diamonds, the super-rich Forbes, with a touch of class, gave her a purple Harley to match her eyes ... Maybe motorcycles were in last year, a trend we didn't notice at the time. Apprentice starlet Brooke Shields went riding on the back of a Harley with a 420-pound biker named Boda. And she even made the cover of Outlaw Biker magazine ...

Advocate for the homeless Mitch Snyder continued to rally celebrities to his cause, with actor Martin Sheen and several members of Congress, including House Majority Whip Tony Coelho, joining him for a cold night on the heating grates, one the California congressman won't forget: "God it was cold ... It was miserable" ...

It was a tough year for the broadcast evangelists. But Oral Roberts had a new idea. He said that God was coming to get him if his followers didn't come up with $8 million for his failing medical center in Oklahoma. God apparently doesn't want Roberts yet. Shock rocker Ozzy Osbourne was so moved he sent Roberts $1 for his psychiatric treatment fund ...

And the antics of PTL's Jim and Tammy Bakker hit the electronic evangelists where it hurt the most -- in their well-lined pockets. All evangelists found it a bit harder to cry for money after the PTL scandal became one of the biggest stories of the year. Evangelists do live well, and the national focus on the Bakker life style brought attention to the life styles of all the electronic preachers ...

Academy Award winner Oliver Stone came to town and decided to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial for the first time. When he found the name of a friend he had served with in Vietnam -- Juan Angel Elias -- he realized why he had given the name Elias to the "good sergeant" when he wrote "Platoon" ...

Woody Allen, who doesn't like to leave Manhattan unless it's absolutely necessary, came to town. He felt compelled to appear before Sen. Patrick Leahy's Judiciary subcommittee to protest the computer colorizing of old black-and-white film classics. This was also the year that Allen took another big step. He became a father for the first time at 52 in a joint venture with his longtime friend and leading lady Mia Farrow, 42, who already has eight children, five adopted ...

It's hard to get bounced out of trendy Brown University, but former first child Amy Carter did this year. She spent so much time protesting CIA campus recruiting activities that her grades suffered. It wasn't clear what happened, but Brown reportedly said she could come back in a year. Carter decided, however, that she would probably return to college in the South ...

Clearly the most fun story of the year: The revelation that Secretary of State George Shultz has a Princeton tiger tattoo on his tail. He must be more of a fun guy than any of us could ever have guessed. When State Department spokeswoman Phyllis Oakley was asked about the tattoo, she sagely answered, "I'm just not in a position to comment" ...

The National Gallery of Art was disappointed this year by reaction to its exhibition of Andrew Wyeth's "Helga" paintings. The paintings were titillating to some, gloomy to most and did not bring in the expected crowds ... But the Georgia O'Keeffe exhibition has been an unqualified smash ...

And whatever happened to the telegenic Lt. Col. Oliver North? That's what all those novelty store owners are asking as they look at their stacks of unsold Ollie North T-shirts ...

This was also the year that the Gallup Poll asked men which women they would most like to spend an evening with. The choice was Nancy Reagan, who beat out such sex symbols as Vanna White and Cybill Shepherd. That, of course, was before the visit of Soviet first lady Raisa Gorbachev. It would be interesting to see how the poll would come out now. Who could pass up an evening discussing agrarian reform? ...

Speaking of Raisa Gorbachev, former White House spokesman Larry Speakes may not have endeared himself to Nancy Reagan when he revealed, on the eve of the Washington summit, that his upcoming book, "Speaking Out," would say that Nancy was not very fond of Raisa. And during the dramatic summit visit, it was evident that Speakes knew whereof he spoke. There was a noticeable chill when the two first ladies were together. But the boys got along, so that's what's most important ...

Walt Disney's Snow White turned 50 this year and she doesn't look a day over 16. It must be all that clean living and some of the president's bee pollen ...

Another year and restaurateurs Duke Zeibert and Mel Krupin are still not speaking to each other ...

Radio-television talker Larry King returns to Washington today after his bypass surgery. He had a heart attack in February and after last month's surgery says he now has the heart of a 20-year-old ...

This was not rock star Madonna's best year. She won the worst actress award for her flop movie "Shanghai Surprise," costarring her ill-mannered, bratty husband Sean Penn. Penn finally had to spend several days in jail for his temper tantrums, and their marriage nearly dissolved. But by year's end the couple that deserves each other was still together, more or less ...

Playboy and Penthouse tried to get contra gal Fawn Hall to pose undressed, but she refused. Playboy was more successful with Jessica Hahn, who earned a reported $1 million for taking off her clothes and ended the year living in the Playboy mansion in Los Angeles, where she is said to be recovering from a stitch-and-tuck full makeover. Hahn was one lady, unlike sisters of the summer scandals Hall and Donna Rice, who knew how to make her fleeting fame pay off ...

And the Personalities Column's Personality of the Year: A tie between Lee Hart and Tammy Faye Bakker. As the country-western song admonishes, each one stood by her man ...