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).
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
Cubs' SAMMY SOSA (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 12/17).....ANDRE AGASSI
and BROOKE SHIELDS purchased a new home in Pacific
Palisades, CA, for a reported $6M (SUN-TIMES, 12/17).
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).