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How odd for Civilization magazine to promote so enthusiastically this current issue guest-edited by the great Bill Blass, and then run a cover photo of someone else.

Business Week doesn't make a fuss; it just makes money. Bill Kupper, who oversees advertising in his role as associate publisher/worldwide sales director, tells me, "BW made more net profit in our second quarter than all of 1994." Plus, for this year's first half they bucked the trend in Asia/Pacific, being up 12% in ad revenue over last year. Europe was up 12.7% and Latin America 8%.

Time celebrates 75 years of its cover portraits Oct. 6 at the National Academy Museum on Fifth Ave. in NY. Canon USA sponsors the exhibit, organized by The Smithsonian.

St. Bonaventure U. salutes the media with its annual Mark Hellinger Awards Oct. 9 at The Plaza in Manhattan. This year's hardware goes to Pete Hamill, Jeff Greenfield, and Dan Edelman.

Sport, the Petersen mag, has had its woes. But publisher Gib Chapman says it just closed its largest issue in three years, with 51 ad pages. It's the November "heroes" issue, guest-edited by Bill Bradley. Is Bill also running? Why not? If there's an "anti-Clinton," it's "Dollar Bill."

At Cosmo, Kate White's getting her own team in place, naming Elaine Farley to fashion director and Ann Kwong to art director. Elaine's from Sports Illustrated where she put out the last couple of swimsuit issues, succeeding Jule Campbell.

Also foreign correspondence: new managing director of the German edition of Scientific American is Dean Sanderson.

Forbes and IBM team Nov. 10-12 in D.C. in presenting a first annual "Executive Women's Summit," at Loew's L'Enfant Plaza Hotel. Registration fee is $1,395.

The Weather Channel has a new Exec VP-general manager for programming and ops, Patrick Scott who's been running its European all-weather networks.

Yummy two-page glamourpuss photo of Elisabeth Murdoch in October Tatler. Elisabeth runs Rupert's BSkyB and recently signed Fergie, Duchess of York, to host a talk show.

People preens over getting Susan Wyland from Martha Stewart Living to ramrod new edit extensions of the People brand. She was "Martha's secret weapon," says a Time Inc.-er. Maybe so. But when I encountered Martha at the Le Cirque 2000 cocktail party, she was upbeat and smiling as ever.

What a rollercoaster for Chris Meigher. New York mag reported Meigher Communications would be the buyer du jour if The New Yorker ever was put up for sale. But a week later, the New York Post reported Meigher's partners were in revolt over rate-base and money problems. Some sources claimed Meigher wasn't meeting payroll. I lunched with Chris who said Joe Armstrong was out but otherwise things were O.K. with possible acquisitions, new hardcover books being spun off, and expanding Quest into Dallas, Beverly Hills, Palm Beach and other so-rich markets.

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