Originally created 08/17/99

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SUNGLASSES SALES:

More than 128 million pairs of shades were sold in the United States in 1998, according to the Sunglass Association of America, based in Norwalk, Conn.

Foster Grant sold the first pair of sunglasses on the boardwalk in Atlantic City, N.J., 70 years ago.

"Back then, it was more about function than fashion," said Bob Grow, managing director of product development at Foster Grant in Smithfield, R.I. "Today, how people look and how they perceive themselves are among the most important things."

In general, pick a frame size appropriate for your face (small face, small frame; large face, large frame). As for the frame shape, select something that contrasts with the shape of your face (round face, square frame).

TV TONIGHT:

-- Last summer, CBS earned its wings with a five-night broadcast of JAG, which soared in the Nielsens. Counting on similar success, the network serves up five straight nights of Martial Law with martial-arts expert Sammo Hung as a kiester-kicking cop. A modest hit on Saturday nights, the show is prepping for its sophomore season with co-stars Arsenio Hall and Kelly Hu (8 tonight through Friday night; 9 p.m. Saturday on WRDW-TV, Channel 12).

CHEAPSKATE CHIC:

What are the rich and fashionable wearing this season? Try Sears shoes, Wal-Mart pants and Target sweaters. Suddenly it's chic to pair Karan with Kmart -- and to boast about it, the Wall Street Journal reports. Among the fashionable, Sears, Roebuck & Co. is getting a good rep for its designer knock-off shoes. Socialite Blaine Trump swears by the denim shorts at Kmart. Old Navy is a big hit for unisex retro-1950s clothes. And perhaps the favorite store of trendsetters everywhere is Target, whose $7 polo shirts ranked higher in workmanship and durability than $49 ones from Ralph Lauren in a 1997 Consumer Reports magazine test.

A GOOD READ:

The most popular books 25 years ago were Jaws by Peter Benchley and Centennial by James Michener.

AT THE MOVIES:

The most popular motion pictures 50 years ago included: All the King's Men, with Broderick Crawford and Mercedes McCambridge, White Heat with James Cagney and Adam's Rib with Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn and Judy Holliday.



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