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Nice, sweet Max Frankel piece on the great Mike Berger in the Sunday mag of The New York Times, of which Max used to be the top guy.

Key exec in this new Geraldo Rivera show on CNBC, "Upfront Tonight," is managing editor Larry Moscow, one of the best in the biz. Larry is a former CNN hard news exec who was one of the founding managers of CNBC and was most recently its director of programming. And my boss.

Got to like the political straight talk in the Cambodian protests with marchers chant-ing, as they pass "Leader" Hun Sen's house, "Down with the despicable Hun Sen." No spin doctors in that crowd.

How's new editor David Granger doing at Esquire? Through the first nine months ad pages are up 38% over the period last year, pre-Granger. The October issue with 111 ad pages is the biggest for the month since '92.

Linda Mason, publisher of Details, reports its September issue with 163 ad pages, was the mag's biggest ever published. Its also named a new fashion editor, William Gilchrist. Quick now, in which Crosby-Astaire flick was the love interest named "Linda Mason?"

American Homestyle & Gardening (Gruner & Jahr) appointed J. Elizabeth Purvis its eastern ad manager. No, I don't know what the "J" stands for. Or if she's been in movies.

Jim Gaines will be in N.Y. end of this week from Boulder, Colo., where he'd editing Travel & Leisure Golf. Fore!

Year to date ad pages at YM are up 27% (107 pages) over last year.

Men's Health (Rodale) moved Peter Moore up from managing editor to exec ed.

An irate Ike Behmoiram of Audits & Surveys Worldwide, NYC, protests no way Snuffy Stirnweiss could hit even 20 homers. Rizzuto was a power hitter by comparison. So says Ike.

Vanguard Communications of N.Y., specialists in marketing communications and PR in multicultural markets, spun off a new agency, Vanguard Advertising. Ellen Gutierrez is director.

Eating Well (Hachette) named Lawrence J. Brittan its ad director.

The newly re-designed Editor & Publisher hosted a symposium and party last week in Manhattan and seems to be making some promising noise. D. Colin Phillips and Christopher Phillips are the publishers.

I may have to be at Whiskey Park on Central Park South tonight where Playboy unveils (so to speak) their October covergirl, Cindy Crawford.

Kitty D'Alessio, the fashion/fragrance exec (former boss of Chanel Inc. in the U.S.), is forming her own advisory and marketing agency.

Brad Gerber takes over as publisher of Hot Rod magazine (Petersen).

Publisher Matt Tolan reports that Chance, the N.Y.-based gaming mag, will go to six times next year. Last two issues of the quarterly each carried 128 total pages. Pas mal, considering few gave them a "chance."

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