The good news: Russ Smith sold his sprightly alternative weekly New York Press to some rich guys. The better news, Russ will continue to write his "Mugger" column.
Ed Kelly must have enjoyed the hols. He reports his American Express Publishing Corp. had a smashing start to the new year with January pages up 70% over last year for Travel & Leisure, up 14% for Food & Wine and 16% for Departures. He says its T&L Golf book was up 34% for Jan./Feb.
Martha, you knew we were all really in your corner the whole time, didn't you, Martha? Martha?
Well-known Jerry Feniger (Cunningham & Walsh, CBS, Cowles, Grey) has dropped out of the station rep biz to consult and do pro bono work. He remains senior director of the Advertising Council, is past prez of the International Radio & TV Society. Good on, ya, Jerry.
Roger Martin died, great restaurateur, great PR guy, nice man. He was 70, credited with creating the name "Windows on the World."
John Mack Carter's N.Y. media roundtable lunches started off powerfully Jan. 15 with Hugh Roone of Scholastic Publishing (they grew from $5 million to $2 billion in 10 years) as a speaker.
Lisa Quiroz of People en Espanol says the magazine's February issue, all about best & worst celeb hair, is up 38% in pages, 47% in dollars over 2002.
In last week's column I had G. Y. Dryansky of Conde Nast Traveler covering the wrong uprising against the Soviets. He (and novelist Barney Leason, then also a Fairchild corre-spondent) covered Prague (not Buda or Pest) in 1968 and gallantly sent out extraordinary dispatches.
Sports nut? Get this reissued trade paperback of W.C. Heinz' "What A Time It Was," foreword by David Halberstam, at 16 bucks. The Lew Jenkins, Pete Reiser, Bummy Davis pieces are alone worth the dough. Breslin called the Bummy piece "the best magazine sports story of all time." Bill Heinz, now in his 80s, lives in Bennington, Vt., also co-wrote (under a pen name) the novel "MASH."
Joan Rivers throwing a hissy fit? I find it difficult to believe.