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1990 FADS? TRY A NEW HAIRDO AND WIDER TIES

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What's hot for 1990? Try "wet" beer on the rocks, New Age radio, shorter hair on women and longer hair and wider ties on men, says the author of "The American Forecaster 1990."

Also hot, says futurist Kim Long, will be the "smart toilet," a Japanese invention that checks a seated person's blood pressure, pulse, urine, temperature and body weight and displays its findings on a built-in monitor.New Age radio took off so quickly that it is a major trend, said Long.

"It's been called musical wallpaper, at its most disparaging. It's somewhere between jazz and soft rock, and it has the potential to not offend a fairly wide proportion of the population," he said.

"Wet" beer, a heavier brew served on the rocks, will debut in 1990 along with lower-proof liquor, but low-alcohol beer will continue to founder, Long said.

White will be the fashionable color in clothing for women, who will favor shorter hair, he said. Men will grow their hair longer and wear wider ties, the Forecaster predicts.

Long, 40, a Denver free-lance writer who began the Forecaster in 1983, claims an 80 percent accuracy rate. He also predicted a Dukakis presidency and the demise of television's "Dallas."

Long's book sells fewer than 10,000 copies despite all the interest it stirs up in the future.