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Bob Dole touching up his hair? Looks much more brown this month than last.

Ad agency pal of mine recounts an extraordinary scene, toward midnight, at the Radisson Scottsdale Resort hotel last month where guests were chased from the pool so a group of Christian athletes, Rosey Grier and Meadowlark Lemon among them, could baptize some folks.

CNN sportscasters need a geography lesson. Reporting on Formula One auto racing in Europe, two drivers identified in the graphic as "SUI," meaning Swiss, were vocally ID'd as "two Swedes." Hell, all them foreigners are pretty much the same, right?

Good Mike Fleming scoop on Michael Keaton pulling out of "Batman."

Ditto Liz Smith, if it works out, that the Clintons are headed for East Hampton for the summer hols. Too much fog, apparently, at the Vineyard.

Great Gary McCord line over CBS-TV Sports on a golf shot that ends up an inch beyond the cup; "One club too many."

A major trial in Milan alleges high officials of the Italian gov-ernment accepted bribes. You're kidding.

Bill Henry of Time magazine was a delightful guy and a wonderful writer and he died much too young.

Up at Reader's Digest, where George Grune is stepping down as CEO, they've created an award for ad sales excellence in Grune's name, a Steuben crystal sculpture. Publisher Greg Coleman dedicated the piece to George and then handed it to its first recipient, Ken Haley, who's been at RD 37 years.

Expanding its media base, Times Mirror Magazines hired Robert Cowen as exec producer for television.

In Washington, the Dairy Foods Association named Charles E. Decker Jr. exec director of the national Milk Processor Education Program. He'll be educating consumers on the virtues (and they are many) of milk.

Weider Publications (Men's Fitness, Shape, etc.) promoted Peter L. Miller to VP-advertising.

Rose Sullivan of Lang Communications is the first woman ever named production person of the year by the Association of Publication Production Managers.

Parade hired Robert Harrison as an ad sales rep.

Boston magazine named William Finaldi an ad account exec.

At Tribune Entertainment in Chicago, Karen Corbin is the new director of program development for their TV stations. She'd been at WWOR-TV in New York where she helped launch the successful "Ricki Lake Show."

Money has a new Detroit ad sales manager, Holly A. Wernet, succeeding Al Wiber, who retires after 18 years. Holly was at the Free Press and later Hearst magazines.

Inc. chose Susan Bidel as its sales development manager.

Lynn Chaiken was promoted to VP-creative services director for corporate sales at Hachette Filipacchi Magazines. She continues as marketing director of Woman's Day reporting to Publisher John Fennell.

Esquire has a new creative services director itself, Jane Grenier. She's been with Vogue.

Can it be 40 years? Playboy's published a 352-page coffee table retrospective featuring lots of good stuff including all 480 Playmates! A collector's item for sure.

GQ made Mary A. Fischer its senior writer based in L.A. She's been a contributor since 1990.

Time marches on! Randi Himelfarb, 27, was just hired by AbramsonEhrlichManes agency's David Abramson in Washington. In 1965 when David founded the shop, Marvin Himelfarb (Randi's dad) was creative director. Randi writes copy; Marvin is a producer on Roger Ailes' new cable TV talk network.

Busy, busy. Victor Acker, longtime media exec at BBDO, Bates, etc. in New York, Montreal and other places, reports he's halfway through his Ph.D. at NYU, is teaching college French and is applying for a Fulbright, all this since leaving the agency biz. He's 54.

Roger Tremblay reports from Texas that Houston Life, the better living magazine, is flourishing now as an insert in The Houston Post.

I think it may be dog track time. I inadvertently called Jesse Iverson of New York Times magazines, "James Iverson."

And can the great Lew Hoad be gone? Hoad & Rosewall, Rosewall & Hoad. Did anyone ever play more thrilling doubles?

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