Brady's Bunch

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The Osbournes' ratings off by half? A slovenly, foul-mouthed dysfunctional family and Americans aren't tuning in anymore? I find this unfathomable.

Is Conde Nast wooing Dave Zinczenko, editor of Men's Health magazine and popular cover boy, for a big editorial job?

Stop press news from Hilton Head. Jack Purcell of Links, the mag for affluent golfers, says George Peper is the new editor at large. The legendary Peper ran Golf mag for 25 years. Purcell also reports a Diamandis sighting; Peter sublets an office at Links. Why a retired publisher that rich needs an office eludes me.

Lunching together at media hangout Michael's the other day, Barry Diller and Sir Howard Stringer. Also there the superagent Sam Cohn, Jane Hansen of early "Today Show," suntanned Oscar de la Renta, PR whiz Maury Rogoff.

Fitness (Gruner & Jahr USA Publishing) hired account manager Jill Ziedenweber from New York mag and senior account manager Perri Kowalsky from the late Rosie magazine.

Publisher David L. Kahn tells me Latina magazine's first issue of the year, February, carried 83 ad pages compared to 48 last year. The book is a hit with targets bilingual/bicultural young professional women.

Roger Corman's Concorde-New Horizons celebrated 20 years of filmmaking (200 flicks produced in that time!).

A fan of the Beats? They've just reissued Tim and Fred McDarrah's definitive "Kerouac and Friends, a Beat Generation Album," in a handsome new trade paperback at $17.95. Super pix, contemporary essays and articles. Fred got to know them all as a photog (he simultaneously sold ad space) for the Village Voice, shooting with an old Rollie, then a used Nikon.

Jerry Della Femina's joint in East Hampton packing `em in weekends despite the winter doldrums, offering a three-course prix fixe for 24 bucks, wine extra. That Jerry sure knows how to move the product.

And, as she joins the category, Gina Sanders tells me they've got 80 pages of ads in that long delayed and now widely ballyhooed first issue of Teen Vogue.

The 21 Club reopened its redone and spiffy second floor for business. Speaker at their Feb. 5 breakfast, Howard Rubenstein telling us how PR agencies handle bad news.

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