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John McEnroe is a jerk and always has been but his tennis commentary for NBC at Wimbledon was superb.

In that Pizza Hut commercial, isn't Ringo Starr an Arafat lookalike?

Let's hear it for teenager Keith Lockhart, new Boston Pops conductor!

Idea? Such titans as Gerry Levin of Time Warner and Mickey P. Schulhof of Sony USA assign a smart, senior exec totally responsible to read, actually read the lyrics before they score, re-cord, manufacture, market and distribute a CD or album or tape? They always seem so astonished when the embarrassing stuff comes out.

Belated cheers to Cyndi Stivers who left Premiere magazine to become editor in chief of this new mag, Time Out New York, the spinoff of a successful London weekly.

Onward and upward with Saveur, the Chris Meigher bi-monthly, which in its July/August number carries its very first scent strip (for currant-flavored vodka from Absolut). It is with such small steps that civilization moves ahead.

National Review named Kate Walsh O'Beirne its Washington edi-tor. She is not now and never has been a commie, of that we can reasonably be sure.

A couple of hot tickets, Toukie Smith and Blair Brown, will be hosting their own weekly talk show over Lifetime TV starting 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, called "Talk It Over."

Tennis magazine and its sister publication, The New York Times, will team up Sunday, Aug. 27, with a special U.S. Open Preview, a handsome 88-page job, one day before the first on-court tantrum is thrown at the Open in Flushing, Queens.

Civilization, which is the magazine of the Library of Congress, has a cover story in the July/August issue which ought to create some buzz. It's by Gerald Early and titled, "Understanding Afrocentrism," subtitled, "Why Blacks Dream of a World Without Whites."

Publisher Catherine Westerberg reports Home Garden magazine (after just three issues) is already looking to a 1996 rate base increase over its launch number of 400,000.

Field & Stream had its second-best ever first half of the year for ad pages and is celebrating 100 years of publishing with "The Best of Field & Stream," a book already in its third printing.

Speaking of the great outdoors, Terry McDonell, editor & publisher of Sports Afield, tells me the usually tepid month of August closed yet again with a gain, and will carry more than 70 pages of ads. He credits Mike Wade with the mag's advertising comeback.

With even Paul Goldberger of The New York Times taking it seriously, am I the only one left who thinks Christo's "wrapping" of the Reichstag was idiotic?

Pals and colleagues of the late Tom Mosser gather Aug. 14 for a charity golf tournament (most fittingly, since Tom was something of a golfing nut) at the Alpine C.C. in Alpine, N.J., with the proceeds going to the volunteer fire department and PBA in the New Jersey county where Tom lived and to the Mosser Foundation. Organizers are from Y&R, Burson-Marsteller and Karlitz & Co., as well as the Mosser family. Tom was killed last year in a mail bomb attack at his home, a crime still unsolved but believed the work of the so-called Unabomber. For tickets and information on the event, call Herb Karlitz at 212-644-2100.

Michael Tomasky joins New York magazine from the Village Voice as political columnist on the city beat. Jacob Weisberg remains the national political maven.

If you thought the only Faberge eggs around belong to the Forbes family, be aware! Chesebrough-Pond's USA/Faberge division (they're into lifestyle products and very nicely, too) is sponsoring the first national touring exhibit of the work of Peter Carl Faberge from the great American collections. The show begins Feb. 13 of next year at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan and moves on in late April to museums in San Francisco, then Richmond, New Orleans and Cleveland into May of 1997. The Forbes' Faberges are included along with objects from the collections of Marjorie Merriweather Post, Lillian Thomas Pratt, India Early Marshall, Matilda Geddings Grey and like that.

Since I've long held that geography is a much-neglected subject, I'm delight to learn that the National Geographic's national spelling bee, sponsored by Chrysler, was won this year by l3-year old Chris Galeczka of Sterling Heights, Mich.

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