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"Thanks for the Mammaries!" So ran the headline of Simon Doonan's hilarious take on red-carpet interviews in the Jan. 24 issue of the New York Observer. Mr. Doonan was in an "unctuous award" mood as per his lead paragraph Re: the recent Globes evening. "James Lipton, watch your back. Star Jones Reynolds is nipping at your heels. Her passion for brown-nosing film actors ...makes her a strong contender to unseat you as the reigning Uriah Heep of the entertainment industry."

Don't customarily think of Super Bowls and Gourmet magazine in the same sentence? Editor Ruth Reichl and Publisher Giulio Capua (he "opened in Venice, he next played Verona...") will host their 3rd annual "big game bash" Sunday at Blue Smoke in Manhattan. More than pretzels & beer at this one, you can be assured.

Fashion designer Oleg Cassini was flogging his new book, "A Thousand Days of Magic," at Lord & Taylor on Fifth Ave. last Wednesday.

Metropolitan Home (Hachette) named Donald T. Schmoll marketing director, reporting to Anne Triece.

While Home mag (also Hachette) named Cathy J. Christino its marketing director. She'd been at McGraw-Hill in the Aviation Week Group, and now reports to Publisher Jack Grant.

Parenting magazine (Time Inc.) Group Publisher Jeff Wellington writes that his book is for the first time ever selling more ad pages than traditional category leader Parents. The recent PIB report had the rival books in a statistical dead heat for 2004.

Variety Publisher Charlie Koones was promoted by Reed Business Info to the new post of president of the Variety Group, their media division, an assortment of mags, Web sites, DVDs and trade-show management.

The spin-off Scientific American Mind is on newsstands, for a healthy $5.95. It starts as a quarterly, then eventually moves to monthly. Initial circulation is targeting 120,000, mainly on newsstands.

What do old Marines do when they retire? Major Rick Spooner (in three wars and onetime gunnery sergeant) opened a restaurant/ museum at Triangle, Va., just outside the Quantico main gate, and wrote a book about it. "The Spirit of Semper Fidelis," from Phillips Publications, is grand stuff. Get it at bookshops or through the Marine Corps Assn., 1-888-237-7678 or the Web site.

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