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THE GOODS : Fans That'll Follow You Anywhere

August 18, 1995|LYNN SIMROSS | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

Massachusetts-based Duracraft has introduced an innovative portable ceiling fan that cools a room like a traditional ceiling fan, but requires no installation and can be moved easily from room to room.

The oscillating fan attaches to adjustable poles, which fit ceiling heights from 7 feet, 6 inches to nine feet. The poles and exterior of the three-speed fan are constructed of steel, fan blades of sturdy plastic. The fan head also can be adjusted and tilted to change the direction of the air flow.

The fan ($89.99) is available at Wal-Mart or can be purchased directly from Duracraft by calling (800) 554-4558.

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Staying Power: According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, each year about 4,000 babies are injured in the United States in falls from changing tables or dressers. But now even the squirmiest baby can stay put while a clean diaper goes on, thanks to the EZ-Change changing pad from Basic Comfort Inc. The portable pad has a V-shaped indentation and an adjustable elastic safety strap to keep baby in place.

EZ-Change, which fits standard changing tables and dressers, is made from non-allergenic, flame retardant 33-inch-by-16-inch foam cushions angled to form a V. It is designed for newborns to 24 months.

EZ-Change ($29.95) is available at selected retail and specialty baby stores. For the dealer nearest you, call Basic Comfort Inc. in Denver, (800) 456-8687.

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Business Patterns: Want to sound like a professional writer in business letters, sales letters and speeches? Check out a new line of computer programs from ModelOffice in Austin, Tex. Called Model BusinessLetters, Model SalesLetters and ModelSpeeches, the separate programs provide writing samples from communications consultant Dianna Booher.

Each ModelOffice program includes its own database, word processor and spell checker, making it easy to select the desired template, cut and paste between documents, and produce a finished product in a few steps. The programs are sold in dual platform versions for either Macintosh or Windows-based PCs.

Model BusinessLetters ($69) features about 400 of Booher's ready-to-use letters and memos. Model SalesLetters ($69) contains more than 300 letters spanning all phases of selling. ModelSpeeches ($89) includes 150 ready-to-use speeches, introductions and toasts.

The ModelOffice programs are available in selected computer stores or direct from ModelOffice, (800) 801-3880.

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