BRADY'S BUNCH

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Help! I need my Liz Smith fix. I can read her in East Hampton in Newsday. But in Manhattan? Someone, anyone! Bring back Lizzie!

Feeling old this morning? JFK will be 35 in the fall.

Isn't the locker-room trashing act of Mets reliever John Franco wearing a little thin? He blows a save opportunity and tears up the place. Franco, get the third out and shut up!

Spin magazine hot? They closed the first half up 42% in ad pages over the period a year earlier.

Following the Disney deal might Cap Cities/ABC now entertain offers for W and Women's Wear Daily, which they'd swiftly dismissed?

Newsweek has a new director of external relations, Katie Milburn, who'd been with Merill Lynch as an assistant VP in communications and corporate public affairs.

Janice Grossman reports the third quarter is looking good for Seventeen with 138 ad pages in the August issue and the magazine claiming its market share through that month topped 48%. Year to date Janice says ad pages are 880, or 47 pages ahead of the 1994 pace.

A stunning first-person story in the current issue of Working Woman magazine by top publishing exec Valerie Salembier who, at the peak of her career, was stricken with Bell's palsy and disfigured, although not permanently so. Frightening yarn, sensitively told.

If you revere the city of Florence, grab the August issue of Travel & Leisure for its cover story on "romantic hotels" in and around the grand old town.

Got to love this new outfield acquisition of the New York Yankees, Ruben Sierra, whose previous manager habitually referred to him as "the village idiot." He ought to fit right in The Bronx Zoo.

Columnist Bob Huttemeyer reports from his home in Tequesta, Fla., that the great Ted Williams, who's been hit by several strokes, is now in a Florida nursing home from where he recently called sportscaster Curt Gowdy to demand, before abruptly hanging up, "Where are those golden years everyone talks about?"

EvansGroup, San Francisco, signed the Health Insurance Plan of California as its latest client, handling PR, trade and consumer advertising, and direct marketing.

New Woman will mark its 25th anniversary the evening of Sept. 14 at the Hotel Macklowe's Hudson Theatre in New York.

Myrna Blyth keeps knocking 'em dead over at Ladies Home Journal, where ad pages are up again and they've got Julia Roberts on the cover. Also, "better sex in minutes."

Texas Monthly promoted Patricia Lopez Mosley to regional sales director, based in Dallas.

At Glamour they've moved up Laurie Evans to beauty director and named Terry Dragoumis as executive beauty director. She'd been at Bazaar.

Good tidings from Success magazine where they're 14% ahead in ad pages for the first eight months compared to last year.

Time Out New York, the brand-new spinoff of a London listings magazine, named as its art director Ron de la Pena.

The Meredith mag, Traditional Home is crowing about an exclusive coming up on the thousand-acre organic farm His Royal Farmship Prince Charles has over there in Gloucestershire. It'll be published in an all-Brit issue next March complete with bylined text by the Prince.

Glamour promoted Deborah Fine to associate publisher-ad director. Publisher Chuck Townsend credited her for the mag's "very successful year....and restructuring."

Has Jerry Ncahman wigged out? In his farwell to four veteran TV reporters on their being retired by WCBS-TV in New York, the Channel Two news director said in the New York Post of his departing people, "We send our warriors out like Vikings in their galleys. We fire flaming arrows into their sails. We honor them for the warrior-gods they are." Fine, guys, now clean out your desks.

Maybe they're all wild and crazy kids, but snowboarders apparently spend money. Transworld SNOWboarding (a Times Mirror mag and can they do something about that title?) publishes a 502-page September issue, up 39% in ad pages and 70% in ad revenue over a year ago. The October issue will be up 63% in pages, 90% in revenue. Francis Pandolfi must be rubbing his hands.

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