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U. SPOKESMAN TO WITNESS A BLISSFUL FUSION

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University of Utah Vice President James Brophy has become an expert on fusions of all kinds.

Brophy, the U.'s official cold-fusion spokesman, Saturday will witness a fusion of another kind. He'll be the ring bearer at Hugh Hefner's wedding in Beverly Hills, Calif. Hefner, 63, and Kimberley Conrad, 26, will recite vows during a ceremony in the Playboy mansion before 450 guests.Brophy, who grew up with Hefner in Chicago, was best man at Hefner's first wedding. Hefner was also best man at Brophy's wedding.

"We are best friends, but he runs in a little different circles than I do," Brophy said. "But we made a movie together, wrote plays, and I helped edit the first three editions of Playboy magazine."

So what do you buy a man who's had everything?

"We couldn't figure out what to send him, so we sent him a toaster," Brophy said. "He doesn't have a toaster."