Odd coupling at the Four Seasons in Manhattan, acerbic critic John Simon of New York magazine with John Fairchild of Women's Wear Daily and W fame. Was Fairchild trying to hire Simon? No. Turns out both Simon and Fairchild were being interviewed by Maer Roshan for a piece called, most appropriately, "Grumpy Old Men."
Jayne Jamison says Parenting mag first quarter ad pages are up 19%, or 50 pages ahead of a year earlier.
Look for a beefed-up business section in Time. Bill Saporito moves from Fortune to head the section as senior editor.
From London, Jack Carroll reports they're now selling Gucci "wellies" at 65 pounds the pair.
Susannah Pask, just back from sunny Australia, reports Bridal Guide ended 1995 up 310 ad pages (about 18%) and 27% in dollars over 1994.
Hollywood legend Lew Wasserman, rarely on display in NY, lunched with Herb (Chris Craft) Siegel at the Four Seasons. Among those coming over to say hello, Tom Brokaw and Edgar Bronfman Jr. One table away, Steve Florio, also a legend.
Speaking of which, Jule Campbell is stepping back at Sports Illustrated after 32 years of putting out those fab swimsuit issues, and will write a book about it all. Jule made her announcement to an audience of several thousand teen-age media planners and six-foot blondes at the annual swimsuit issue cocktail party in a vast sports bar near Times Square.
After eight years at Esquire as fashion director, Bob Beauchamp left to form his own PR firm specializing in men's market accounts, Beauchamp/Mastronardi.
Rochelle Udell of Self reports her little girls' basketball squad has now won two of its last three. The Eagles, she says, take as their inspiration Red Auerbach's, "Go right at 'em!"
That Rupert Murdoch-Roger Ailes linkup on a new 24-hour news channel is a natural.
Don Forst of Newsday and Mort Zuckerman's Daily News getting any closer? Mort lunched Hizzoner Ed Koch the other day.
You know about infomercials. Now, meet Introtelevision, a Denver-based basic cable network coming at us nationally over TCI cable systems, providing viewers with samples of other cable networks from CNN International to the Celtic Channel. They've hired Lee Hunt Associates to create a campaign promoting the network and giving it an identity. Director is Chris McCumber and the on-air spokesperson is comedian & writer Dave Konig, host the past several seasons of HBO's late night "Hard Core TV." They've done six spots with more to come.
Traditional Home named Debra D. Muller its antiques and art editor and promoted Trisha Clark to marketing director.