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Not since the Prince of Wales (you know, the real one, back in the '20s!) popularized Oxford Bags has there been such a strong fashion statement by a leading personality. Steve Florio of Conde Nast has been seen not once but twice in the Grill Room of the Four Seasons in Manhattan wearing a perfectly natty navy blazer with rumpled khakis. Astonishing!

Love the Entertainment Weekly compilation of the 100 "most popular" movies ever. Irresistible stuff.

Publisher Gerry Byrne was celebrated by wife Liz and industry luminaries at a surprise 50th birthday party at New York's Players Club.

Last call for the year's big event, "Advertising New York '94," this Wednesday evening at the Rockefeller Center skating rink where 60 celeb chefs cook up a storm midst throngs of beautiful people. It all starts at 6:30 with tickets at the door with proceeds going to three ad biz foundations.

column in the New York Post gets the "best revisionist history" award for its headline the day they buried Richard Nixon: "If only he knew how much we loved him ..."

, its managing editor, tells me the first issue of In Style hits newsstands coast to coast next Monday (the 23rd). This is the highly ballyhooed monthly spinoff from People in larger (Life-sized) format with oodles of editorial color inside and targeting a women's audience. Three test issues did well.

Chris Llewellyn's play "Fragments From the Fire," all about the tragic 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist fire, opens June 9 under auspices of the New Stagecraft Co., 4 E. 28th St. in Manhattan.

Steve Levitt tells me since its remake, Movieline magazine circulation is up 36% over same time last year.

The newspaper industry scored one on the magazine biz when they grabbed off Pat Haegele from the Reader's Digest Association's Travel Holiday mag to become GM of their new national sales network representing major U.S. dailies.

And Marvin Shanken of Cigar Aficionado was also a winner with his lengthy (almost as long as Fidel's speeches) interview with Castro about cigars and lots more. Fascinating (and good journalism) that Fidel is quoted about why he quit smoking.

Editor Julie Bain sends along a Private Clubs magazine test. Their May/June issue sports two different covers, one the photo of an alpinist, the second a b&w portrait of a D-Day veteran.

Jim Autry, who retired two years ago as president of Meredith Magazine Group, and a considerable poet on his own time, has a new book out from William Morrow. It's "Life & Work, A Manager's Search for Meaning."

Motor Boating & Sailing named David Morel mid-Atlantic sales manager.

Condolences to family and friends of Spin magazine's Francis Tomasic and Magnolia News' (of Seattle) Brian Brinton, both killed in Bosnia. Ironically, just recently, April 26, Larry Smith at the Overseas Press Club awards dinner saluted four photojournalists slain in Somalia.

New research manager at Working Woman is James D. Malloy.

Running the L.A. sales office for Money is Cathie Kanuit, back at the job after a stint with People.

Discover, the Disney mag, closed July with 56 ad pages, biggest-ever in its 14 years of publishing.

promoted Maria A. Padova to director of beauty marketing.

And Linda Tischler's the new style editor at Boston mag, home of the bean & the cod.

Snow Country continues to pile up readers, with the rate base increasing by 5,000 in September to 465,000.

Tom Powers of Steerforth Press in South Royalton, Vt., and Col. David Hackworth of Newsweek alert me to this new Vietnam book, "War of Numbers," by the late Sam Adams, a one-time CIA analyst who claims two presidents, LBJ and Nixon, the Pentagon, the CIA and just about everyone but Adams were cooking the books for years on how many troops the VC really had, issuing dishonestly lower counts on grounds otherwise the U.S. public would despair. Adams was a key figure in the Westmoreland libel suit against CBS and is still a controversial figure along NY's publishers' row. Some (like Hackworth) think him a lonely, honorable voice; others something of a con man.

Dead at 88, the great Bill White, the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times correspondent who covered the U.S. Senate in my time ('56-'58), and who may have been the worst gin player ever. Staffers of the Senate press gallery made a regular living off Bill.

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