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As they warmed up to play the U.S. Open in New York, an especially fine letter to the ed. appeared in the Times. From Jack M. Thorp of Norwalk, Conn., it said in part: "It is hard to understand why the Times continues to feature and extol the likes of Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe. These two vulgar, obscene little snots almost single-handedly destroyed the dignity and decorum of the sport of tennis..."

All hail, Hack! Retired Army colonel David H. Hackworth (and Newsweek's military contributing editor) has a new book out next week, "Hazardous Duty," published by William Morrow. Hack reports on Bosnia, Saudi Arabia, Haiti and Mogadishu, and gets into the suicide of Admiral Boorda. On whom the Colonel is pretty tough.

John Doman, that dashing former exec VP at TBWA who turned actor, plays a corrupt police official in this new Stallone-DeNiro flick, "Copland," and next month will be on location in Texas working on "Little Boy Blue" with John Savage and Nasstasja Kinski.

Latest TV space cadet? Andrea Hall, weekend anchor for WCBS-TV in New York. One month to the day after TWA flight 800 fell into the Atlantic Ocean (and perhaps 100,000 mentions later of this fact), Andrea reported on air that the jet "plunged into Long Island Sound."

After 10 years as PR director for New York's School of Visual Arts, Joel Garrick stepped down. Stuart Ginsberg takes over.

Having been out of town I'm late on this but Hachette Filipacchi anointed John Fennell senior VP-publisher of Woman's Day. All hail, John!

Korean War vets and buffs now have a new entry for their bookshelves. It's "Korean Vignettes, the Faces of War," edited by Arthur Wilson and photos by Norman Strickbine. First-rate stuff. Contact Artwork Publications in Portland, Ore. Fax 503-297-5163 for info on the hardcover, which goes for $21 plus $4 postage.

Yachting promoted Ed Baker to ad director. The mag will be celebrating 90 years of (mostly) smooth sailing next year.

FoxPavlika, the NY-based direct marketing experts, named Sheri Robbins to head biz development.

Enormous excitement Tuesday, Sept. 10, when Conde Nast (everyone will be there!) celebrates the re-launch of House & Garden over cocktails at the Four Seasons in Manhattan.

Men's Health named Thomas J. Bair eastern ad manager and Maryann Bekkedahl a category manager for retail & accessories.

A new sales rep for Forbes in its NY offices is James H. Patten.

Victoria Lasdon Rose says September (up 22% in ad pages over last year) and October (up 15%) were splendid months for YM magazine.

Fortune hired Stewart Alsop as its new columnist on computer technology (and do we all need one of those!) starting with the Sept. 30 edition.

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