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Michael Gross, who's just joined Esquire, delivered his new book, all about models, to Morrow.

Don Robinder II was named account exec for the national Gay mag Genre.

The Ladies' Home Journal will hold a breakfast seminar Oct. 13 at the Waldorf in New York re a new research survey by Dr. Ken Dychtwald into women 30-to-49, what they think, what they buy and how to market to them.

US, the Wenner magazine, promoted Mary Beth Wright to ad director.

Cosmo, which keeps on growing, now has a Czech edition, its 28th worldwide.

Forbes is preening itself on first half alltime highs in both paid circulation-779,125-and newsstand sales.

Bob Lauterborn, professor of advertising at Chapel Hill, is still undergoing therapy but recovering nicely from being run down (at 50 m.p.h.) while jogging. "Eight fractures, nothing serious," reports the very cool Lauterborn.

Robert S. Rosenthal, senior VP at TBWA, the big Mad Ave shop, and loving husband of Bon Appetit's ad manager, Carolyn Kremins, tells me he was one of the judges at a chicken-tasting contest at I Santi in the Hamptons.

Saturday, Oct. 22, they shut down Madison Ave. for 17 blocks to raise bucks for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center by showing off luxurious automobiles. Mark Martiak's the contact at the Avenue's Merchants' Assn. at 903 Madison.

Dick Barthelmes of Travel & Leisure reports from Verona on the Club dei Brutti, Italian for "the ugly club," which just enrolled 20-year old Stefano Buscemi. His qualifications? He is so ugly the Italian army just turned him down.

The University Club, of which I am proud to be a member, in its September bulletin item about a talk by The New Yorker's Hendrik Hertzberg, spells "perennial" with two "r's" and one "n."

At Details, Mike Perlis named a new fashion & fragrance ad director, Barbara Cameron Gregg.

Glamour's Jane Kirby won the media excellence award of the American Dietetic Assn.

Bill O'Shaughnessy, the radio exec, is sending out bumper stickers reading "Republicans for Cuomo."

Timothy von Gal is the new VP-sales for Focus Networks, a business communications outfit and a good one, owned in part by Fairchild Publications.

Janice Grossman says Seventeen will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a gala this Wednesday. Where? Grand Central Terminal, which shows Janice thinks big.

Richard A. Jacobs writes to say that Reform Judaism, a quarterly, now has a circulation of 298,000.

Patricia McKenna Leasure, formerly with Simon & Schuster, is new exec editor for HarperCollins Reference.

Dick Beckman says Conde Nast Traveler through November is 60 ad pages up on last year and the November issue is the book's biggest ever.

John J. Miller of Hachette Filipacchi says Home magazine and Elle Decor both are having their biggest issues ever as well, Home in October and ED with October/November.

The N.Y. Press Club Foundation stages its annual all-day conference Saturday, Oct. 1, at NYU. Jerry Nachman's the luncheon speaker and there's to be a "sleaze factor" discussion. Jonathan Alter of Newsweek, Bob Greene of Newsday, John Miller of the NYPD, Cora-Ann Mihalik, Ann Ligouri and lots more.

Duplication Factory, the video specialist in Chaska, Minn., co-sponsored this past week's Minneapolis marketing-with-video conference.

Outside opened its Santa Fe HQ with a bang (and cocktails) on Thursday last during the Santa Fe wine and chili fiesta.

Julia Miller, Ad Age and AA's Creativity reporter in L.A., has co-authored (with Michelle Weathers) a book called, "Roommates from Hell," published by Penguin's Plume imprint.

Also along book row, ad and sales promo vet (45 years in the biz) Mel Poretz just published his third humor book, "What Would You Do?" It deals with nationwide personality surveys and comes from Random House's Fawcett group.

General Media International named Vasant Nanavati its VP-corporate planning and development. He's out of retailing.

Some difference. Four years ago Entertainment Weekly was a bomb. Mike Kelly tells me the Fall TV Preview issue is their biggest ever with 59 ad pages, up from 35 for the issue in '93.

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