Belated huzzahs! to Jackie Leo on being named editor in chief of Reader's Digest. She is not only a wonderful editor but perhaps the finest female softball player in the annual East Hampton Artists & Writers softball game.
Also onward and upward with Scott Crystal, named CEO-prez of Gruner & Jahr USA Publishing's "business innovator" group of mags.
Love the Lexus commercials about "missed opportunities." Especially the one on the toddler's first steps.
Bill Kupper of Business Week sends along handsome looking dummy tape of its TV show debuting Oct. 7. Not since I, personally, joined CNBC to do power lunch interviews at the Four Seasons has there been such excitement.
I missed the launch but Rodale seems pleased by initial buzz and is putting some muscle behind its latest, Organic Style. They're guaranteeing a 400,000 circ.
John Serafine and Dean Churack, a couple of credit pros in Miami, are launching Media Receivable Management, a collection outfit.
Radio exec Bill O'Shaughnessy has a new book coming from Fordham U. Press, "It All Comes Back to Me Now," a collection of "character portraits." The book party's Oct. 16 at Le Cirque.
Comic relief in Jason Binn's two sleek new mags, Gotham and Hamptons, is pretty much limited to the "society" editor of both, R. Couri Hay, a nightclub promoter innocent of spelling and punctuation. I make it a point never to miss Couri, whose most recent effort about "society" golf spelled "scoring" as "scouring."
Ken Aretsky's classy East Side restaurant Patroon closed, Ken says for alterations, to make it more of a steak house.
Osteria del Circo (one of my faves) has reopened after a makeover on West 55th & 6th Avenue in Manhattan. The Le Cirque boys run it.
Hustle of the season: something called Body Solutions. Call its 800 number and you lose weight while you sleep. No diet, no workouts. And you get a 20% discount if you mention a WCBS-AM radio sportscaster, that household name, Jared Max. Who falls for these come-ons, anyway?