Milestones Mar. 2, 1998

BORN. To ubermodel from Down Under ELLE MACPHERSON, 32, and financier boyfriend ARPAD ("ARKI") BUSSON, a boy, Arpad Flynn Busson; in New York City.

DIED. BOB MERRILL, 77, songwriting polymath whose hits ranged from How Much Is That Doggie in the Window? to Barbra Streisand's signature People; in Los Angeles. Merrill started his career writing such airy novelties for Tin Pan Alley as If I Knew You Were Coming I'd've Baked a Cake and Mambo Italiano. He racked up 18 Top 10 hits between 1949 and 1956. His success continued on Broadway where he wrote the lyrics for Funny Girl and...

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