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Beckett Publications announced the following promotions: CLAIRE BACKUS from VP/Operations & Finance to Exec VP Beckett Publications; C.R. CONANT from Dir to VP/Beckett Entertainment; MARK HARWELL from Dir to VP/Beckett Interactive; RUDY KLANCNIK from Group Publisher to Dir Editorial; MARGARET STEELE from Dir Marketing to VP/Beckett Publications. In addition, CHUCK ROBINSON joined the company as VP/Finance (Beckett)....Raycom Sports made the following announcements: JOE FARRELL has been named Account Exec in Chicago. Farrell was previously a GM at Host Communications; DANE TERRY & HARDY JOHNSON have been appointed Account Execs in New York. Terry was General Sales Manager at TCI Media Services, while Johnson served as an Account Exec for Cox Broadcasting; and JIM FORD has been hired as an Account Exec in Charlotte. Ford was Dir Sales/ Mid-Atlantic regional Jefferson-Pilot (Raycom Sports).
The GOP held a national gathering featuring ten prospective Republican presidential candidates in Cedar Rapids, IA, over the weekend. Packers DE REGGIE WHITE was a guest of Family Research Council President GARY BAUER and the AP reported that the two "mugged for cameras, then hugged, easily the weekend's oddest looking couple" (AP, 6/14). In Cedar Rapids, the GAZETTE's Kueter & Lowenstein reported that one of the event's "biggest receptions" was given to White "who delivered the invocation" (GAZETTE, 6/13). Bauer, drawing "cheers" from the delegates, said, "I stood with Reggie White. No to same-sex marriages! No to saying that way of life is acceptable!" (N.Y. TIMES, 6/14). IS LARGENT'S RIGHTFUL SPOT ON THE TICKET? Former Seahawks WR STEVE LARGENT (R-OK) served as the event's emcee and the TULSA WORLD reported that Largent's presence in IA "has revived talk heard often when he first entered political life that his future might include a spot on a national ticket" (TULSA WORLD, 6/13).
KEVIN FOLEY of NJ-based Foley Sports Inc. will act as the exclusive off-the-field rep for his brother, Jets QB GLENN FOLEY (THE DAILY). ...In St. Louis, Jim Thomas reported that Rams QB TONY BANKS will be represented by agent MARVIN DEMOFF along with his original agent, HAROLD DANIELS. Rams OL ZACH WIEGERT recently hired JIM STEINER of MO-based Sports Management Group (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 6/14)....Tear Drop President & CEO RUDY SLUCKER is a finalist in the NJ Entrepreneur of the Year award, produced by Ernst & Young. Slucker is one of 50 finalists representing 30 companies throughout the state (THE DAILY). ...Reps for MICHAEL JORDAN'S RESTAURANT were reportedly in Charlotte last week "checking out potential" sites (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 6/16)....MICHELLE KWAN stars in "Reflections On Ice: Michelle Kwan Skates To The Music Of Mulan" tonight at 8:00pm on ABC. The show is the first in Kwan's four-special deal with Disney (USA TODAY, 6/16).