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BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF.: CNN Productions hosted a dinner reception at the Four Seasons Hotel for executives from advertiser Ford Motor Co. that featured former U.S.S.R. President Mikhail Gorbachev (4th l.), here joined by (l. to r.): Pat Mitchell, president, CNN Productions; Ian Beavis, marketing communications manager, Ford's Lincoln Mercury Co.; David Ropes, director of corporate advertising and integrated marketing, Ford; CNN TV personality Jim Moret; and Greg D'Alba, exec VP, CNN Sales.

NEW YORK: Crain's New York Business hosted a reception at the National Arts Club late last month to honor executives the weekly selected for its "40 under 40" feature. Bob Felsenthal (l.), associate publisher of Crain's New York Business, is joined by three executives chosen by CNYB (2nd l. to r.): Pam Harris, senior VP-marketing, Madison Square Garden; Richard Kirshenbaum, co-chairman, Kirshenbaum Bond & Partners; and Ryan Schinman, exec VP-marketing, Worldwide Entertainment & Sports.

CHICAGO: The Chicago Association of Direct Marketing sponsored Chicago Direct Marketing Days recently at the Sheraton Hotel & Towers. Attending the conference were (l. to r.): Zeynep Gunduz, director of marketing communications, Midas International Corp., and conference program vice chairman; author and luncheon speaker Scott Turow; Clive MacLean, co-director, FCB Direct, Chicago, and conference program chairman; and Suzanne Ridenour, president, Ridenour Associates, and co-program vice chairman.

NEW YORK: The Sixth Annual Media Battle of the Bands took place at Roseland to raise funds for Citymeals-on-Wheels, which provides meals to the homebound in New York. Sponsors of the event included national cable networks, agencies and industry trade publications. Among the attendees, gathered to hear music from rock, jazz and blues bands comprised of cable network and ad agency executives were (l. to r.): Don Stump, VP-national sales and marketing, Cabletelevision Advertising Burueau: comedian Steve Kimbrough, who served as MC; Ron Schneier, exec VP-sales, A&E Television Networks; Marcia Stein, executive director, Citymeals-on-Wheels; Richard Thorne, president, ThorneWorks; and Larry Divney, president-CEO, Comedy Central.

NEW YORK: Cosmopolitan sponsored a luncheon at the Waldorf-Astoria to honor its choice for 1999's Fun Fearless Female, singer Shania Twain (4th l.). Flanking Ms. Twain are (l. to r.): Donna Kalajian, senior VP, Cosmo; Doug Ray, associate media director, and Bruce Jackson, senior VP-group media director, both at Ammirati Puris Lintas; Kate White, editor in chief, Cosmo; and Yuri Schwalbe,

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