Brady's Bunch

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Country Home (Meredith Corp.) asked readers where they'd live if $ and circumstances weren't an issue: 8% chose a loft in Manhattan, 10% a Beverly Hills mansion, 30% a Tudor in the burbs, 51% an old farmhouse with 10 acres on a pond.

Randie Dalia is new ad director of Palm Beach Illustrated.

Mitchell Fox lashes out! The Golf Digest biggie (CEO & prez) warns me not to "fall for [Chris] Wightman's hollow boasting." I'd quoted Golf's Wightman recently on readership stats. Mitch ripostes, "Then why did Golf magazine miss rate base in four of the 12 issues" published in 2001?

Legendary press agent Joe Goldstein turned 75 the other day and celebrated with sportswriter pals like Ira Berkow of The Times and boxer Joe Frazier with an afternoon Yankee-Red Sox game and dinner at Patsy's. Joe, who sports a silver bowler in season (straw hats and seersucker suits in summer) is never blase. These days he's excited about ESPN and ABC taking over NBA games from NBC. Also about two anniversaries coming in 2004: 50 years of Sports Illustrated and 125 years of Madison Square Garden.

Bill Wackermann of Details (a Fairchild book) reports his mag is "fat and happy," with September the biggest issue in its young history.

Editor Mac McClellan says Flying magazine marks 75 years of publishing with this month's issue. Launched by Bill Ziff Sr. as Popular Aviation the year Lindy flew to Paris, the mag is now (and happily) owned by the French, Hachette Filipacchi U.S. Media. Mac reminds us it was also in 1927 that Standard Oil began flying its first business-travel plane, a three-motor, eight-seat Ford baby with wicker chairs and a writing desk.

Dateup: Oct. 20-23, the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix, the American Magazine Conference chaired by Michael Clinton of Hearst Magazines.

Peter Sikowitz is the new exec editor of Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel magazine. He was at Time Inc.

Lies, draft-dodging, adulteries, midnight pardons aside, I'd nominate his pledge to a Jewish fundraiser, "I'd grab a rifle and fight and die for Israel," as the single most cynical, contemptible Bill Clinton fakery ever. Makes Trafficant and Torricelli look appealing.

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