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              F. MORGAN TAYLOR, JR. will replace JUDY BELL as USGA
         President.  Taylor has been VP for three years (Mult.,
         12/18)....BILL JEMAS has been named Exec VP/MSG Properties. 
         He was Founder & President of Blackbox, a collectible card
         company (MSG)....Raptors Senior Manager of Sports
         Communications RICK KAPLAN is leaving the team to work for
         ISIAH THOMAS (TORONTO SUN, 12/18)....The WTA Tour named
         BROOKE LAWER as Communications Manager and NICK IMISON as
         Senior Communications Manager, Europe.  Lawer was previously
         with National Media Group, while Imison was on the European
         Communications staff of the ATP Tour (WTA Tour). 

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              Wieden & Kennedy's GARY KOEPKE, TOM BLESSINGTON and
         STACY WALL, who each work out of W&K's N.Y. office, are
         featured in NEW YORK magazine's "Innovators" section.  NEW
         YORK calls W&K's "SportsCenter" ads "TV advertising's most
         persuasive argument against the MUTE button" (NEW YORK,
         12/29 issue)....Chicago-based publishing exec BOB NIENHOUSE,
         co-founder of Merrill Corp., has purchased RICK GALLES' team
         of cars, equipment and crew for the '98 IRL season (STAR-
         NEWS, 12/16)....ROCK NEWMAN has signed on to manage the
         and BROOKE SHIELDS purchased a new home in Pacific
         Palisades, CA, for a reported $6M (SUN-TIMES, 12/17).

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              Burton Snowboards Founder & President JAKE BURTON is
         profiled by Tony Chamberlain in the BOSTON GLOBE.  Burton,
         "whose very name is synonymous with snowboarding, does not
         even claim to be a visionary.  Or creator.  Or inventor. 
         Or, for that matter, revolutionary."  Chamberlain: "Yet it
         is hard to imagine that snowboarding would ever have
         happened without Burton, who, despite his simple tastes, is
         president of the largest pure snowboard manufacturer in the
         world."  In its first year, Burton said the company sold 300
         snowboards and then "went up 100 percent" for "about" ten
         years.  Now, sales are going up "around" 25% a year. 
         Burton: "Eventually, boarding will be bigger than skiing." 
         Burton, on the sport being recognized by the Olympics, and
         the Int'l Ski Federation's involvement: "Snowboarding isn't
         skiing and it isn't a team sport.  Accepting and recognizing
         individualism is what the sport is built on.  The concept of
         an American snowboard team traveling around the world, year
         in, year out, all dressed up in red-white-and-blue uniforms,
         is enough to make me gag" (BOSTON GLOBE, 12/18).

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