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Quel shock! Usually so dependable Whitney Houston dissed the Oscars?

Brit Chris Tarrant, who hosts the original "Who wants to be. . ." show in the U.K., would like to sub for Regis Philbin here in the States. The English-Speaking Union once starred FDR & Churchill. Now it's reduced to this.

In June, from the U. of Chicago Press, comes "Image Makers," all about advertising, PR, Rush Limbaugh, Smokey the Bear, by Robert Jackall & Janice M. Hirota.

The annual Leatherneck Ball in the New York Hilton April 28 will honor Boeing's Philip Condit and Wayne Huizenga. Condit gets the Bob Kriendler Award, named for the late Marine and 21 Club owner.

Time Inc. folks think the new weekly Us is targeting Entertainment Weekly rather than People.

The 14th annual Publishing Industry Ball will be April 27 at the Hotel Pierre in Manhattan. Everyone you ever heard of in magazines, books, and the paper biz is behind this biggie, which supports the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. Info? Call Eve Siegel, who does pro bono PR, at 212-688-4598.

An Irish history buff? Get Terry Golway's "For the Cause of Liberty," just published by Simon & Schuster. I'm not yet up to Oliver Cromwell but already the broadswording & sieges, the sacking & pillage, the

O'Donnells & the O'Briens, and of course the perfidious English. Considering all the hatred, you marvel that peace may be at hand.

Primedia's Enthusiast Group hired Jeff Burch as senior VP-corporate sales.

Travel & Leisure Golf named Scott Stone senior account manager in New York, and in Los Angeles the publication made Kit Boyer sports group manager.

Hot San Francisco-based book Red Herring hosted a small dinner for advertisers at Patroon in Manhattan. Publisher Ted Gramkow says latest ABC report shows second half '99 subs up 106% from '98 and newsstand 94% ahead. Rate base is 175,000 and it delivers 200,000, says Ted. First-quarter ad pages are up from 220 last year to 611 this time. Now that's hot!

Cablevision founder Chuck Dolan honored for humanitarian efforts along with Coretta Scott King and Stephen King (still on the old crutch but eloquent as ever), at a Long Island dinner hosted by Imus regulars, the "God Squad," Monsignor Tom Hartman & Rabbi Marc Gellman. The bucks help finance Telecare, a local network doing splendid community things.

Half the troops were in Hollywood, but Oscar night was appropriately celebrated in Manhattan at Elaine's by Entertainment Weekly Prez John Squires et al. On hand, Miss Universe, Norm Pearlstine, wife & author Nancy Friday, Walter Isaacson, Star Jones, Pat Collins, Peter Bonventri, Joni Evans, Margaret Carlson up from D.C., Dick Stolley, Sid Zion and supermodels Vendela and Frederique, both gloriously preggers. Elaine had to restore order among the paparazzi with a whip and a chair.

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