US magazine named Robbin (with two "b's") Tick its beauty manager, coming over from Time Warner's Parenting Group of titles.
John Blaney, international ad and client service guru for Ogilvy & Mather, is leaving to consult on same for clients and agencies. And do some pro bono stuff.
Disney Adventures magazine, a hot book, named a new western ad director, Alec A. Lilburn, promoted from manager.
WLS-TV in Chicago has a new director of creative services, Cris Chavarria. He's been with the station since 1987.
Boston mag hired Gretchen Miller as an ad account exec. A BC grad with a master's from Harvard, I'll have you know!
Irene Thomas opened her own consulting firm in New York at 370 E. 76th St. (212-249-6824) after 18 years of developing events for Travel & Leisure, Food & Wine and Playboy, which is quite a resume.
Peter Jurew, president of Red Dog Associates (love that name), a marketing communications firm, joined SmartMoney in the new post of promotion director.
ABC-TV named Sherrie Sandy Rollins its senior VP-network communications.
LottoWorld, the new national lottery mag, has a new senior VP-ad director. He's Rick Edman.
Top Paris fashion designer Emanuel Ungaro opened a new shop at 792 Madison Ave. Calvin Klein recently announced a new outlet of his own a few blocks south on Madison, which seems to be the hot fashion retail Ave these days.
Heart & Soul magazine has a new editor in chief, Stephanie Stokes Oliver. She's been with Essence for 16 years.
Travel & Leisure has a new Los Angeles ad manager, Matthew Barba. He joined the American Express monthly last year from The Atlantic.
Is anyone surprised that, having forced the Citadel to admit her on the basis of total equality with its male cadets, the young woman is now consulting eminence counsel to keep from having her head shaved?
Leading child-raising authors Arlene Eisenberg and Heidi E. Murkoff will be writing a column for Parenting magazine. Their best-selling books include "What To Expect the First Year."
Considering its many liberal antecedents and supporters, is it really wise for the National Organization for Women (NOW), whatever its gripes, to boycott firms that advertise on a talk show such as Rush Limbaugh's?
Susan Lucci looks pretty fit scaling those five cars in the Tri-State Ford commercial.
Let's hear it for Lisa Lockwood of Women's Wear Daily nailing James Truman of Conde Nast for a face to face.
Young Russ Mitchell of CBS News a comer? The other Sunday night when the golf ran overtime and the evening news was cut to 15 minutes, they tossed in young Russ (who looks about 15 years old) to anchor and he did just fine.
Threads, the bimonthly out of Newtown, Conn., for sewing and needlework enthusiasts, named Suzanne La Rosa publisher.
WQXR-FM, possibly the last classical music station in New York (and owned by The New York Times Co.), won the N.Y. State Broadcasters Assn. award for best public affairs series.
Enormous doings Sept. 13 when Bob Costas hosts a 40th anniversary dinner and show celebrating 40 years of Sports Illustrated. It'll be held in New York's magnificent American Museum of Natural History. Natch.
Molly Culbertson of Country Home, the Meredith mag, sends along the October issue to show how black & white photography can still work effectively, with a Dan Weeks piece on an old farm in New Hampshire and great pix by Tom Stewart.
Maybe Bret Easton Ellis is simply a Dostoyevsky without honor in his own time. But when you read the savaging his new novel, "The Informers, " gets in The New York Times, you wonder why he keeps writing and the great house of Knopf keeps publishing. And even why the Times bothers to dignify his work with a major review? Critic Michiko Kakutani ends her review noting "the author's contempt for his characters and for his readers. The result is a novel that is as cynical, shallow and stupid as the people it depicts." They're probably already casting the miniseries.
Fairchild winding down its highly ballyhooed W Europe? Where doing just fine.