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NEW YORK: Ladies' Home Journal held a luncheon to honor TV talk show host Rosie O'Donnell as the winner of its One Smart Lady award at the Rainbow Room. Celebrating with Rosie are (l. to r.): Michael Brownstein, pub lisher, LHJ; Irene Gri eco, magazine supervisor, Unus Media; Myrna Blyth, editor in chief, LHJ; Ms. O'Donnell; and Melina Gerosa, entertainment editor, LHJ.

NEW YORK: American Marketing Association presented Edison awards for the best new products introduced in 1996 at a recent reception at the New York Marriott Marquis. Attending were: Mike Etzel, chairman, AMA; Nolan Archibald, chairman, president-CEO, Black & Decker Corp.; M. Douglas Ivester, president and chief operating officer, Coca-Cola

Co.; and Calvin Hodock, who heads a consultancy and is chairman of the Edison steering committee.

BOSTON: Fast Company hosted a party at the House of Blues to celebrate its first anniversary. Partying down were (l. to r.): Miles Spencer, founder and co-host, PBS' "MoneyHunt TV"; Bill Heater, creative director and part ner, Heater Ad vertising; and Alan Webber, founding editor, Fast Company.

NASHVILLE: Country Music Association and Advertising Age got together to announce their sponsorship of Marketing With Country Music: A Music Lesson for Marketers to be held May 14-15 at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel. Gathered for the an nouncement were (l. to r.): Rick Murray, marketing manager, CMA; Bill Furlong, Mid west sales manager, Ad Age; singer Trisha Yearwood, who will perform; and Jeff Walker, president, Aristo Media.

NEW YORK: Sports Illustrated and Remy Amerique's Remy Martin cognac hosted a reception in a series called "Coaches, Cognac & Conversation" at the New York Athletic Club. On hand to sample a snifter were (l. to r.): Tom Verducci, senior baseball writer, and Fabio Freyre, New York ad sales director, both of SI; Joe Torre, New York Yankees manager; and Hilary Peck, marketing director-Remy Martin cognac, Remy Amerique.

NEW YORK: American Women in Radio & Television sponsored a luncheon that featured Commissioner Susan Ness (c.) of the Federal Communications Commission as speaker. Gathered at the session were (l. to r.): Lucille Lu ongo, senior VP-corp orate communications, and Tom Olson, CEO, both of Katz Media Group; Ms. Ness; Audrey Tanzer, executive assistant, Station Reps Association; and Chickie Bucco, VP-director of direct marketing sales, Katz Television Group, and president of the New York City chapter of AWRT.

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