Brady's Bunch

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Do you think I may have been wrong about Tiger Woods, I mean, suggesting he was a flash in the pan?

Tomorrow is "the Glorious Fourth." In our Brooklyn neighborhood, as most places, the cops would crack down on and seize illegal fireworks. Then Detective Poole, who was Mary and Dolores Poole's daddy and a very nice guy, slim and balding, would quietly pass out the contraband one-inchers, Roman candles, and cherry bombs and rockets, to local kids he reckoned he could trust. It is, in large measure, stuff like that that illuminated my youth and made me believe fiercely in America, even in the depths of the Great Depression.

Why are so many so eager to write off Tina Brown and her mag? Please recall what Harry Evans once, and famously, said of her cunning.

Kate White's Cosmo garnered lots of New York ink for the mag's annual "all about men" issue on the stands last week. Kate gathered 35 "hunks" for a lunch at Planet Hollywood, then a pool party, then a movie premiere. No flies on that Kate!

Dan Brewster making moves (raids?) at Gruner & Jahr. He's named Diane Potter to the newly created, and I would think crucial post of senior VP-consumer marketing. She worked for him at American Express Publishing and previously for Times Mirror and Time Inc.

I understand we're talking apples & oranges here. But keep in mind that with all the negative buzz, Jann Wenner's Us Weekly is up year to date 131 ad pages and more than eight million bucks over 1999 (when it was a monthly).

Speaking of which, isn't it time for a saliva test at Business Week? Bill Kupper's hot book is ahead YTD by 661 ad pages and $79 million in ad revenue compared with '99.

Departures has a new editor in chief, Richard David Story. Good name for an editor, don't you think? He'd been at Vogue.

TV producer Joan Gelman and Don Aranson hosting a fund-raiser lunch at their place in Bridgehampton, N.Y., July 29 for Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Maryland's lieutenant guv and member of the Kennedy clan.

Lunching together in the Grill Room of the Four Seasons restaurant current Hachette boss Jack Kliger, and his predecessor, David Pecker, now getting even richer in Palm Beach's tabloid land.

One Ventures, the N.Y. parent of the soon-to-be-launched design publication One, named Chris Mitchell publisher of the new book.

EMAP USA promoted Liberta Abbondante to president of consumer marketing.

Felicia Winkler becomes N.Y. manager for McCall's. She's been beauty category manager, bringing in all that beautiful dough. VP-sports marketing is Dave Neubecker.

In New York Tennis is again holding free clinics for players in the ad biz at Grand Central Terminal. Call for info Karen Elyse at 212-636-2725.

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