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News from Jerry & Ketchum. Jerry himself, Della Femina that is, will chair a big fund-raising dinner Nov. 12 at The Pierre in Manhattan for HealthCare Chaplaincy, an interfaith group that ministers to the seriously ill, their families and heathcare pros throughout the N.Y. area. For info and/or tix, call the Chaplaincy, 212-644-1111, ext. 216. Meanwhile, back at the shop, Jerry's agency promoted Marissa Thompson to senior VP-group director.

Worth sent out boxes of chocolate bars (Toblerone) to media buyers, etc., noting its bonus circ. of 100,000 over the half million rate base, "will fatten up your media plans without adding a single inch to your waist." No such guarantees go with the chocolate. But congrats anyway to new President Richard Perkins.

John Miller says the switch to eight times frequency at Elle Decor is working. The October/November issue at 322 pages will be the title's biggest ever.

Conde Nast House & Garden's invitation for a breakfast discussion of luxury is a bit confusing. It says the breakfast is "Tuesday September 10." Tomorrow is Tuesday; the 10th is Wednesday. Help!

No confusion at AutoWeek where Dutch Mandel reports they'll increase their 280,000 guaranteed rate base by 10,000 in January.

Janice Grossman tells me the current issue of Seventeen is the largest September issue since 1946 with 179 ad pages.

Last evening at Gertrude's in Manhattan, Cathie Black of Hearst hosted a dinner saluting Liz Tilberis for her five years as editor of Harper's Bazaar. I lasted 16 months in the job and I can tell you; it's not easy.

Is Editor Michael Caruso going to be the solution at Details? Publisher Linda Mason says his redesign is getting good initial buzz. For year to date, under several administrations, ad pages are up from 793 last year to 835 this time.

Harper's mag named Valerie Thiel its West Coast ad manager. She'd been with City Sports in San Francisco.

Rose-Anna Thomas joined react as an ad sales rep . She was with Buzz.

Thursday evening at the St. Regis in Manhattan, Chief Executive mag hosts a black-tie dinner honoring its choice as CEO of the year, Andrew Grove of Intel.

Wonderful dispatch from Martha's Vineyard during the recent Clinton hols from Gersh Kuntzman of New York Post. Dogged reporter Gersh got close enough to see the prez take not one but three drives on the first hole (two mulligans?) and then claim he shot an honest sub-80 round. The Secret Service went crazy when Gersh asked Mr. Clinton please to explain.

What's the deal on Michael Clinton's leaving Conde Nast? Surprise to me.

Best quote from someone who's just been sued for slurs and other verbal abuse, alleged perp Don Imus re plaintiff Judge Harold Rothwax, "he seems like a nice old guy." The judge's complaint? He says Imus called him: "senile. . .embittered. . .a jerk."

I can't think of anything to say about Princess Di that would make any sense.

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