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Droll, those Chinese. Tsingtao beer ad on New York buses: "We built a wall to keep the neighbors from drinking it."

Artnews 200, a must-read despite its annoying title, compiles the most active players in worldwide art collecting. Familiar names: Charles Saatchi, Paul Allen, Ron Perelman, Henry Kravis, the Ronald Lauders, Steve Wynn, David Geffen and the ever-popular Sultan of Brunei.

Inc.'s ad chief Jim Tricarico promoted Brian Kennedy to Northwest ad sales manager.

At Conde Nast Traveler the new associate publisher is Bill Wackerman.

New senior VP-sales & marketing at Parade is Jack Griffin from Meredith. Good bloodlines, his grandpa having been editor of the Boston Post.

A belated huzzah! to newly promoted Teen Publisher Laurianne Murphy. I'm buying the Shirley Temples.

Redbook has a new marketing director, Sherri Stocks.

Barbara Litrell reports both Working Mother and Working Woman are very healthy year-to-date, with ad pages up 27% for the former and 19% for the latter over '98.

Longtime Ad Age star Nancy Giges, now living in suburban Westchester, takes over as editor of the recently redesigned quarterly, Accent Health, published in Tampa.

Grand news! "Kiss Me Kate" returns to Broadway Oct. 25 (in previews). The Cole Porter-Sam & Bella Spewack musical is an all-time great. Wunderbar! in fact.

Esquire promoted Christopher Trier to national ad sales manager.

Discover named Michele Eldon its marketing director.

Allure, a book that lives on, and off, beauty, named a new beauty director, Lauren Hulkower, promoted from manager.

Jeannie Williams, the all-pro gossip columnist for USA Today, unveils another facet this November when Northeastern U. Press publishes her bio of one of grand opera's most controversial stars, heroic tenor Jon Vickers. If you don't know already, Jeannie writes for major opera pubs and on opera for New York.

Parenting Group (Time Inc.) named Maureen Kenna marketing director. She'd been at People.

Quest now has a president, Jack Lynch, who'd been at Town & Country.

Paul Turcotte is raising the rate base in September to 700,000 for hot book Yahoo!. Meanwhile, their August "online music" issue's up 53% in ad pages and 300% ahead of last year in dollars.

A first for Elle Decor, sponsoring N.Y.'s venerable Winter Antiques Show (it's a biggie) starting in 2001.

Time Inc.'s Health hired as health & beauty manager Janet Tipton and as West Coast manager Monica Mellier. Publisher Mary Morgan says July/August ad pages topped last year 75 pages to 62, up about 20%.

Weather Channel promoted Kiera Hynninen to VP-marketing & communications.

Longtime Murdoch financial aide Gerry Fragetti now chief financial officer for Talk.

Any heavy duty queries for Conde Nast? The new corporate publicity chief is

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