Terrorism. War. SARS. And how would you like to be running a travel magazine for a living? Very well, thank you, if you're Editor Tom Wallace and Publisher Lisa Henriques Hughes of Conde Nast Traveler. In this travel drought they're ahead in ad pages 14% (or 73 pages) this year through May and circ is doing nicely at 750,000 with dreamy reader demos. Tom cites a National Magazine Award for photography while Lisa contends, "Our audience is virtually war and SARS proof. They're slightly older and have been through it all and they believe freedom of movement is a fundamental of life. The Paris cover story issue, at a time the French were opposing us at the U.N., was one of our best sellers." Ad specifics? "Auto is very, very strong. Liquor, financial services, fashion, retail also strong. Airlines are down, cruises and hotels up.
Katherine Rizzuto tells me Marie Claire just closed its biggest issue ever, with July up 27% to 97 ad pages.
She's baaack! Dan Brewster probably has his first night tix already for "Taboo," the Broadway musical starring Boy George and being produced by Rosie O'Donnell and partners.
Ten days in Korea last month and now, on June 24, I get to go to Toronto for the American Library Association.
Legendary Mad Ave-r, Jerry Della Femina, retrenching? He seems to have closed his East Side Manhattan eponymous restaurant and his Red Horse Market (gourmet food and stuff) in East Hampton failed to reopen for Memorial Day weekend. Jerry still owns and operates his very successful dining spot on North Main Street in East Hampton where even in winter, you need a reservation.
If you're a Don McLean zealot like me, you'll be pleased to learn EMI/Capitol Records will release on June 24 a newly remastered "American Pie" classic album with two rare tracks, the original vinyl edition artwork, and McLean's notes. Don was 26 when he wrote "American Pie" and made the cover of Time.
Do we need an ASPCA for people? One night after ailing, fragile Liza Minnelli broke her leg, Svengali groom David Gest made sure she kept her Pavarotti commitment.