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Headquarters Marine Corps confirms Riddick Bowe will not be eligible for this year's Chesty Puller Award.

Marie Claire (Hearst) hired a couple of fashion staffers from Vogue and Allure, both Conde Nast titles. They are Fashion Director Carolyne Cerf de Dudzeele (good fashion editor name, don't you think?) and Senior Fashion Editor Mary Alice Stephenson.

Parenting Group named John E. Brink VP-consumer marketing.

Victoria Lasdon Rose reports Mademoiselle closed the April issue with 123 pages of ads compared with 116 last year and 102 in '95.

Barbara Lippert will be writing every two weeks about advertising, media and stuff for New York. She'd been a contributor to New York and an ad critic for 15 years for Adweek.

K-III's information group promoted Alan Glass to prez of its K-III Directory Corp.

Temple University cited Cigar Aficionado as best new consumer mag created in the past five years. And I still haven't gotten an invitation to that Hotel Nacional smokeout Fidel is hosting down there in Habana.

Want a delightful read? Get WeekendFT, the Saturday-Sunday edition of Financial Times of London. Splendid writing, raised eyebrows, snobbery, the whole bit.

Let's hear it for Seventeen, which says the April issue will run 122 ad pages, up 15% over the year earlier. Year to date they're 2.7% better.

This year the annual Publishing Industry Ball to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation is April 17 at the Hotel Pierre in Manhattan. All the usual biggies have been rounded up for the committee. For tables and tickets call Ms. Kyler Henwood at the foundation, (212) 689-2860.

You know those famous yellow pads on which Si Newhouse communicates to his execs? Well, Si has finally given in to using e-mail. All hail, Si!

Irish America and Irish Tourist Board take over Tavern on the Green this Friday to honor Irish Americans (well, now there's a stunner!) including Ted Kennedy.

Sean Flanagan of Men's Health reports they're also celebrating St. Paddy's Day early. Through March their ad pages this year are up 26% over last year with newsstand sales 4% ahead.

Who says The Sporting News is male chauvinist? Catch the Steve Marantz cover story "In praise of the woman athlete." Good stuff and a great photo inside of Picabo Street, everyone's fave skier.

Midwest Living (Meredith) marks a 10th anniversary with its March/April number, its largest (266 pages, 154 ad pages). Publisher Matt Petersen blows out the candles.

Jay Burzon of Individual Investor is three letters ahead of anyone else in sending me pesty letters this year. But the year is young.

Letter of the week to The New York Times is from Prof. Lawrence Wallack at Berkeley who complains about a front-page photo of Chairman Deng "smoking one of his favorite Panda cigarettes." Thus giving a bad example to the young. Hey, the

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