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December 31, 1996|John M. Glionna

Tax Time?

Tax time is four months away, but accountants are busy fielding last-minute questions before 1996 ends. . . . "This is a very hectic time of year," said Barbara Rosenbaum of Kress & Rosenbaum in Sherman Oaks. "There are all sorts of decisions to make." Certain types of pension plans need to be set up before year's end and some taxpayers prepay state income taxes to reduce their tax liability.

Harley Huskies

Three weeks after he disappeared, Harley the Harley-riding Siberian husky is still missing. But in searching for the dog--who made legal history in February when a judge ruled that laws prohibiting humans from riding on a motorcycle's gas tank do not apply to canines--owner Jeremiah Gerbracht has acquired two Harley look-alikes. . . . Word is, their motorcycle training has yet to begin.

Forever Young

The man who taught American baby boomers how to dance admits he has two left feet. Dick Clark, above, of "American Bandstand" for more than 30 years, says he's embarrassed about his dancing. . . . In Guest Workout (E1), Clark, 67, who still goes to work at his Burbank office, shares some of the fitness and diet tips that have kept him looking so youthful.

Spirits Down

Sales of holiday spirits are still in a slump as revelers shift to cheaper beer and wine. "Business is dead," bemoaned Fred Hekmit, manager of Sauce & Such Liquor Mart in North Hollywood.

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