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By James Brady Cronkite, jennings, Rather BRADY'S BUNCH

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Dept. of Lousy Timing: Day after Kmart's Joe Antonini was canned I got a release from Solomon Friedman Advertising boss Dean Friedman in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., about a Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival event at Antonini's home.

The publishing industry and Juvenile Diabetes Foundation join forces again April 27 for their 9th annual blacktie fund-raising ball at the Pierre Hotel in Manhattan. Biggies on the committee include Dick Munro and Don Barr, Peter J. Callahan, Jack Romanos, Paul DuCharme, Rena Wolner and like that. For tix contact Kyler Henwood at the Foundation, 381 Park Ave. S., New York 10016, or by phone to (212) 689-2800.

The Ad Club of New York awarded its Crystal Prism for this year to Jeff Petersen, ad director of Architectural Digest.

Inc. magazine had a sprightly first quarter with ad pages up 15% over the period a year ago at about 280 pages.

Advertising Women of New York (AWNY) do superb work. Last month's luncheon "roast-toast" of Helen Gurley Brown being only their latest big event. But AWNY, you can't let a workday lunch stretch on for 3 hours while fidgeting on the dais are the likes of Frank Bennack, Phil Guarascio, Barbara Walters, Liz Smith, Brooke Shields, Bubbles Sills, Gene Shalit, Joan Rivers and the great Helen herself.

Liz Quain is the new L.A. manager for a whole batch of Magazine Services Inc. titles, including Kiplinger's Personal Finance.

This year's Leatherneck Scholarship Ball will be at the New York Sheraton on April 21. NFL commish Paul Tagliabue and James F. Hardymon of Textron will be honored. The dinner raises dough for Marine Corps scholarships, which since 1962 have assisted more than 8,000 youngsters.

New York magazine and the Fragrance Foundation inform me (and all out there who live off fragrance and cosmetic advertising) that this year's "Fragrance Week" will be June 5 to 9.

The great Helen Mirren along with F. Murray Abraham and other treasures opens at New York's Roundabout Theatre Tuesday, April 25, in Turgenev's "A Month in the Country." Helen, star of "Prime Suspect" over PBS, was nominated for one of last month's Oscars.

Major fund-raiser Monday, April 24, at the Pierre in Manhattan for the New York City Mission Society honoring Dina Merrill. Forbes, the Hearst Corp. and Estee Lauder and Cartier are among the underwriters and contributors to the blacktie affair and former Presidents Bush, Reagan and Ford and their wives are all honorary chairs.

Howard E. Wishner joined the big New York PR firm KCSA as a managing partner in its consumer products division.

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, the advocacy group for journalists, marks its 25th year with a May 17 fund-raiser at the NBC studios in Manhattan. They'll honor Ben Bradlee, Abe Rosenthal, Herb Block and John Chancellor. Calvin "Bud" Trillin will be dinner speaker and committee members include Brokaw, Cronkite, Jennings and Rather, which ain't bad. For info and tix, call (212) 353-8200.

Big move, this shift by Bill Kupper from Time Inc.'s Health magazine to Business Week as senior VP-U.S. ad sales. He was a hot ticket as publisher of Health.

Alan Richman of GQ was correct on his family tree for Harry's New York Bar in Paris. Harry MacElhone was the founder, son Andy is the current owner and his son is Duncan. Aw, the hell with it. Gimme a demi-pression, tout de suite.

Phil Bunton, one of the original Murdoch men at the then-National Star in 1974, is back as editor in chief of what's now Star magazine.

And what a delight to learn that Karin Winner will succeed Gerry Warren as editor of the Union-Tribune in San Diego. Ms. Winner joined the Union in 1976 after having been West Coast editor for Women's Wear Daily and W and for some years worked for me. A splendid professional and a linear descendent of a founder of what became Scripps Howard. Now, will MacNeil/Lehrer have Karin on instead of Gerry as one of the regulars? Stay tuned.

Jan Studin moving onward and ever upward at Hachette Filipacchi where she's been named VP-ad director of Woman's Day, succeeding Sherian LaBarge, who's gone on to become publisher of their newly acquired (from Wenner) Family Life. Ms. Studin worked for Grey Advertising in media before joining Woman's Day in 1982 and most recently was VP of ad sales for the magazine itself and for corporate.

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