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Washington bureau chief is always a big job for the newsweeklies. For Time, the new guy is Michael Duffy, named to succeed Dan Goodgame, who goes to Money as assistant M.E.

The great Alan Richman of GQ nailed a fifth consecutive James Beard award for restaurant reviewing. And I'll drink to that!

Another tasty development: Ilene Rapkin becomes associate publisher of Bon Appetit.

Rob Gregory of Meigher Communications' Garden Design is sending out traditional English garden rakes to celebrate being up 20% in ad pages and 75% in revenue over the first half. He claims the book "will turn a profit in just three years of publishing .*.*. nearly unheard of."

Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center holds a gala benefit June 20 in Waterford, Conn., to break ground for the Dina Merrill Memorial Theatre. Dina herself, very much with us despite that "memorial," will be there. Entertainment by Barbara Cook and Wally Harper.

Multicultural Marketing News was chosen "newsletter of the year" by the N.Y. chapter of the PR Society.

Beth Brenner reports Self won two awards from the American Academy of Dermatology for its articles on sun protection and winter sun hazards.

The Stage & Screen Book Club made Richard Weiner's "Webster's New World Dictionary of Media & Communications" an alternate book in their July catalog.

Gregory Smith joined banking services adviser AdMedia Partners in N.Y. as managing director.

At the Four Seasons restaurant, fascinating corner table for lunch of Liz Smith, fashion designer Arnold Scaasi and Bette Midler. Oh, to be a fly on that wall.

Stephanie George reports W, the Fairchild mag, finished the first half up 20% in ad pages over last year, to 774 pages. W will be 25 this August.

Entertainment Weekly named Deanna C. Brown VP-marketing & business development.

Historic House Trust of N.Y. honors Tim Forbes June 17 with cocktails and dinner at the Loeb Boathouse in Central Park. Mayor Giuliani and others are supporting the event, which raises money for, well, historic house preservation. For info and tix, contact the Trust at Room 203, 830 Fifth Ave., N.Y. 10021.

Consumers Digest had a smashing first half, up 34% in net ad revenue over the '96 period, with paid circ averaging 1,259,000, says Howard Plissner, exec VP-ad director.

At Metropolitan Home, Linda O'Keeffe becomes director-design & architecture, Lisa Higgins exec editor and Sara Ruffin editor-design & architecture.

Health mag began broadcasting a daily "Health Minute" over the Westwood One radio network.

Avon holds its "Women of Enterprise" awards lunch June 12 at the Waldorf in Manhattan with Katie Couric hosting and Susan Lucci the speaker.

Talk about superlatives. Golf Digest Publisher Tom Brown says the 274-page June issue (with 161 ad pages, up 25% over the previous June) is the largest issue in

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