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NEW YORK: The Ad Council held its 44th annual Public Service Award Dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria, featuring an award to Louis V. Gerstner (2nd r.), chairman-CEO, IBM Corp., for outstanding commitment to community service and volunteerism by a business leader. Also attending were (l. to r.): Robert A. Iger, president, ABC, and Ad Council dinner-committee chairman; Ralph S. Larsen, chairman-CEO, Johnson & Johnson, and 1996 award honoree; Bill Bradley, former U.S. senator and chairman, Ad Council Advisory Committee on Public Issues; and Robert L. Wehling, senior VP, Procter & Gamble Co., and chairman of the Ad Council.

NEW YORK: Richard Newman (l.), exec VP, Bates USA, received the Advertising Council's G.D. Crain Award from Ad Council Chairman Robert L. Wehling. The Crain award, named for the founder of Crain Communications Inc., is presented annually for outstanding contributions to an Ad Council agency volunteer.

NEW YORK: Conde Nast Publications hosted a media day at its offices for agency media professionals that focused on the magazine business. Listening in on presentations were (l. to r.): Kimberly Hayes, media planner, Calvin Klein Cosmetics; Susan Blank, corporate sales director, Conde Nast; Sandra Song, media planner, Adler Boschetto Peebles & Partners; and Jim Taylor, advertising director, Architectural Digest.

NEW YORK: Magazine Publishers of America and Advertising Club of New York sponsored New York Magazine Day at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. Sharing their expertise with attendees were (l. to r.): Frank Lalli, managing editor, Money; Audrey Siegel, senior partner-director of print media USA, J. Walter Thompson USA; Chris Little, president, Meredith Corp. Publishing Group; Chris Miller, exec VP-marketing, MPA; Joe Campion, director of media services, Unilever U.S.; Ed Padin, senior VP-affiliate marketing, Food Court Entertainment Network; Marianne Caponnetto, director of worldwide media strategy and operations, IBM Corp.; and Scott Donaton, executive editor, Advertising Age.

SCHAUMBURG, ILL.: Audit Bureau of Circulations' 83rd annual conference featured an opening session address by Christie Hefner (l.), chairman-CEO, Playboy Enterprises. Audience members at the session included (2nd l. to r.): Ken Ohr, VP-advertising, USA Today; Richard Kinsler, publisher, Playboy Enterprises; and Michael A. Browner, executive director-media operations, marketing and advertising, General Motors Corp., and ABC director.

NEW YORK: Business Week hosted a luncheon that featured financial adviser Motley Fool partners Tom and David Gardner (2nd. l. and 3rd from right). Attending were (l. to r.): Bill Kupper, senior VP, BW; David Brown, senior VP-media director, Adler Boschetto Peebles & Partners; Tom Hass, manager-corporate marketing

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