Brady's Bunch

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She was as likely a candidate to take over as editor of Cosmopolitan as, well, "Anne of Green Gables." And today, four-plus years later, there she is, the irrepressible Kate White, happily married, mother of two, and author of a best-selling novel that even her 15-year old son acknowledges is "cool." Oh, and did I mention that Cosmo is roaring along, bigger and better (and sexier?) than ever. Over lunch at Circo, I asked the editor in chief to define the Hearst Magazines book Helen Gurley Brown brought back from the dead, Bonnie Fuller revivified, and for which Cathie Black stunningly chose Kate to pilot into the new millennium. "Cosmo is unambiguous, not for losers, a great source book for women who want their share, and then more of a share. I really built on what Bonnie did but I've added humor. Women tell me they read Maxim (!) because it's funny," says "cool" Kate. And how's her career as a novelist going? "I just turned in a second manuscript and Warner tore up my original contract," making it a four-book deal. When does the kid get her own TV show?

Lisa Hughes, publisher of Conde Nast Traveler, tells me despite the travel slump, the magazine's ad pages have now been ahead of last year for seven consecutive issues. This month, their 15th anniversary issue, is the biggest-ever November. And Zagat (if you place stock in it) anoints it "best travel mag" yet again.

Jann Wenner throwing a bash to honor Bonnie Fuller of Us Weekly on Nov. 20 at the Four Seasons.

Reader's Digest hands out their first-ever "Editors Choice Author award" Dec. 3 at the Rainbow Room in Rockefeller Center.

Ben Fong-Torres, the legendary rock music writer, is back at Parade, where he wrote in the '80s. His cover story on Sheryl Crow ran last week.

And novelist Tim Dorsey will be a columnist for the new Tampa Bay Illustrated mag, a monthly that debuts in February.

Bob Gordon's the new ad director of Newsday's Marketeer, the weekly shopper delivered free to 600,000 homes in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. Recent copies run 72 pages.

At dawn on Nov. 11, six days after the election, WCBS-AM in N.Y. was still running a "re-elect Pataki" commercial.

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