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Volume 24 No. 117
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NAMES IN THE NEWS

     MAGIC JOHNSON said he wants to play for the USA OlympicBasketball team during the '96 Games (L.A. TIMES, 4/19)....NBASenior VP ROD THORN was named to head an 11-member panel to pickplayers and coaches for next year's U.S. Olympic men's basketballteam (Mult., 4/19)....LARRY DONEN was named VP/Properties andRetail for Northwest Entertainment Group.  He will be responsiblefor the overall development strategies and consumer products forthe Canucks, Grizzlies, and GM Place (Grizzlies)....LES KRANTZ,the author of the "Jobs Rated Almanac," reports the threehighest-paying professions (on average):  1) Pro basketballplayer -- $1.561M; 2) Pro baseball player -- $1.119M; 3) Profootball player --$655,055 ("Today," NBC, 4/19)....HUBERT DAVIS,ANTHONY BONNER, MONTY WILLIAMS and HERB WILLIAMS of the Knicksplayed four-on-four against Letterman audience members last night(The audience won, 108-107).  NBC's MARV ALBERT also made anappearance, presenting an "Albert Achievement Awards EmbarrassingMoment" to an audience member who was hit in the head ("LateNight," CBS, 4/18).