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The "I smell refund!" commercial for Tostitos is great fun.

"Meet the Broadcaster" is the title of Kate McGrath-Oliver's every Wednesday evening lecture series this fall at the New York University School of Continuing Education. She'll have top N.Y. TV and radio folks on.

The New York Times obit on Vitas Gerulaitis by Richard Perez-Pena reported Vitas' dad was tennis champ of his native country of Lithuania and of "the Balkan states." Balkan, Baltic, what does it matter? They're all small countries and no one has a backhand.

Among those inducted into the Chicago Business Hall of Fame the other day were the late Fairfax Cone and Burrell Communications Group founder Thomas J. Burrell.

Suzanne Stavinoha left American Way, the airline mag, to become marketing director of the Charles T. Kennedy Showrooms in Dallas.

Sandy Drayton moved from Life to Entertainment Weekly as PR director.

Art Small tells me Sampler Publications of St. Charles, Ill. (Country Sampler, Victorian Sampler, etc.), will partner with MASCO Corp. on two "show houses" at the big builders' show in Houston in January.

The great Alphonse Normandia, VP-director of animatic production, just celebrated 50 years with BBDO. Allen Rosenshine, CEO, emceed the festivities, which got pretty wild, I can tell you. Listen, there are people in agencies who haven't spent 50 days in the same shop.

Jan McNutt of Art Revue reports the November issue features the last interview with leading Santa Fe sculptor Allan Houser.

Charles Sopkin died at 62. The editor and publisher lived in Palo Alto. In 1970 he edited Jerry Della Femina's "From Those Wonderful Folks Who Gave You Pearl Harbor" for Simon & Schuster.

Bud Ward's Parents magazine did a wonderful CD about having kids, magnificently produced and acted, and is using it as a sales tool.

United Stations Radio Networks in November will intro their first long-form music programming, a 4-hour weekly show.

T George Harris (and there's no period after that "T"!) is guest editor of the October Success magazine. Harris ran, among other things, The Harvard Business Review and Psychology Today.

This column recently ran the wrong photo in an item about David Mevorah of Penthouse. Here's the real Mevorah!

Bill Hughes reports advertising in the Marine Corps Gazette is booming, up 26% in the second quarter over 1993 and 45% ahead in the third.

Dick McEvoy of Carillon Importers reports when Michel Roux was negotiating with some pretty skeptical Russians for the Stolichnaya distributorship after his "longtime devotion to Absolut," Michel announced, "My friend, I have been married four times. And my three ex-wives still love me." The Russians signed the deal.

Discover magazine devotes its entire November issue to the single topic of race.

Men's Health has a new clothing editor, Warren Christopher.

Dan Rather's new memoir comes out today from Morrow, titled "The Camera Never Blinks Twice." Nor does Dan, I'll thank you to know.

If I had half the dough Forbes says Bill Gates has, I'd crack a smile once in a while. Gates, get a life!

Phyllis Ehrlich's the new editor in chief of Disney Adventures.

In January Details ups its rate base to 475,000. Its first issue, in September of 1990, sold 119,000 copies.

Anne Murray was anointed promotion director of Country Living.

Vibe has a new top editor, Alan Light, who'd been acting editor.

New sales reps out there for Newsweek: Ari Rosenberg in San Francisco and Julie Krumholz and Deborah O'Brien in N.Y.

Travel & Leisure hired Robert Tramando to sell auto and financial advertising.

Marcie Brogan of Brogan & Partners, the Detroit area advertising and PR shop, is one of the "distinguished women" just honored by Northwood University.

In a headline, Women's Wear Daily reported Robert Iger had just been named CEO of Capital Cities/ABC. They meant COO. The CEO is still Tom Murphy. WWD is, incidentally, owned by Cap Cities/ABC.

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