NAMES IN THE NEWS : Executives Applaud John Denver

From Times staff and wire service reports

John Denver received a standing ovation from the group he has blamed for threats to the planet--corporate executives.

The singer, songwriter and activist mixed song, poetry and a save-the-Earth message in an address Tuesday to corporate real estate executives and developers at the Industrial Development Research Council's 1990 World Congress.

He blamed greed and corporate shortsightedness for various threats to the planet, then was caught off guard by a standing ovation from the audience of more than 1,200.

"I was shocked--very surprised," said Denver, 46. "I think it's surprising that they are listening."

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