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A 21-year-old player for the NBA's Timberwolves, which never win anything, turned down a new contract for 103 million bucks. Do we need convincing the country is doomed?

Individual Investor's Jay Burzon left to join The Sporting News as VP-sales, reporting to Publisher Francis Farrell. Burzon's getting less than 103 mil.

At Southern Accents, the new editor is Mark Mayfield, promoted from exec editor.

Amy P. Wilkins reports that Petersen's 'Teen closed the October issue up 40% in ad pages over the month last year.

Harper's Bazaar promoted Debra Pickrel to director of marketing and creative services.

Remember when Andy Warhol brought out Interview about a quarter century ago? Well, the September issue runs 109 ad pages, the biggest issue of any month in the past 10 years and up 10% since September a year ago. Victoria Melekson is ad director.

Washington, D.C., agency AbramsonEhrlichManes has a new director of account planning, Peter J. Downes.

David Bowen joined Manhattan-based Susan Magrino PR agency to oversee its new special event division. He recently coordinated the American Red Cross event at which Princess Di was guest of honor.

I can't even read Russian but I know this issue of Cosmopolitan is a hit. It's the September issue celebrating the 850th anniversary of Moscow, Ivan and Stalin and Yeltsin and all that. There are 848 pages overall, 652 pages of ads, and the damned thing weighs 4.4 pounds. It's what Helen Gurley Brown's been up to.

Inc. promoted Jim Tricarico to Eastern regional sales director.

Susannah Pask reports Bridal Guide circ was up 7% in the first half over last year and their September/October number was ahead 9% in ad pages and 13% in bucks compared with a year ago.

That splendid mystery (among other things) writer Donald Bain reports, "Thirty years ago I wrote a book called 'Coffee, Tea or Me?' It was my annuity for almost 20 years . . . and a dumb CBS movie." Now, says Don, there's a scene in 'George of the Jungle' where a gorilla attempts to teach 'George' about meaningful relationships, using Bain's book. "I now realize I created the self-help book of the '90s," says Don.

Ken Fadner's new upscale weekly (to be launched in November) called NYcitylife, hired Ellen Mullins Bollinger as marketing director. She's been a sales/marketing exec at The New York Times and New York Post as well as at TV's "New York 1 News." Ellen joins a team headed by Editor Barbara Lovenheim and Exec Editor Anne Mollegen Smith, who formerly ran Redbook and McCall's.

Clay Felker tells Michael Gross of GQ that what we're interested in these days isn't celebrity but religion, and-holy rosary beads!-five minutes later my issue of Newsweek arrives with a cover story about the Virgin Mary. That Felker; does he have sources or what?

Hooray for Christie Hefner. For fiscal '97 (ended June 30) Playboy Enterprises net income nearly doubled. A tax benefit helped but operating income was also

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