MUSEUM SALUTES AD CHARACTERS

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Cartoon characters associated with ad campaigns throughout the nation's history are to be immortalized in an advertising gallery that will be part of the $15 million International Museum of Cartoon Art in Boca Raton, Fla.

Mort Walker, museum foun-der/chairman and creator of the "Beetle Bailey" comic strip, announced that Dick Seclow, former president of Geer, DuBois, will chair the museum's advertising cartoon art advisory board.

Board members will contact agencies and media concerning contributions of ad-related cartoons for showing in the gallery. The museum will be devoted to all forms of cartoon art.

Mr. Seclow is based at Four Bruce Lane, Westport, Conn. 06880; fax (203) 454-0535; phone 227-7385.

The museum will occupy 52,000 square feet when completed in 1997, and is expected to open its first floor galleries later this year thanks to contributions from "Peanuts" creator Charles Schulz and Jeannie Schulz, and Marvel Entertainment.

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