Brady's Bunch

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Best Al Gore wisecrack (not uttered by a Republican): Joe Conason in the New York Observer says Al's "bland" orations sound like "Calvin Coolidge. . . without the charisma."

On Imus in the morning, Lou Dobbs denied reports in The Wall Street Journal and New York Post that he might (emphasis on "might") rejoin Ted Turner and CNN.

Film publicist Peter Haas is the new VP at Anna Samuels & Associates, New York. He's handled top people like Tom Hanks plus Woody Allen's flicks, "Dances With Wolves," "Hoffa," etc.

ScreamingMedia, the digital content distributor on the Web, is opening new offices, London, Miami, San Francisco. My question: if they can do everything by e-mail, why rent all these offices?

Boy, was I wrong about writing off Primedia. Its new management's got first quarter revenue up 7% and Internet bucks 87% ahead of a year ago.

It's early, but the Daily News (of New York) front-page pix and heads under Ed Kosner are punchier. For years, the News owned the city's front pages; recently it's been the Post.

Donna Warner and Anne Triece, editor & publisher of Metropolitan Home, host a bash May 17 in the pool room of the Four Seasons, to "celebrate another banner year."

Hearst Mags biggie Michael Clinton had a show of his photos the other evening at Soho, NYC.

Roberta Myers, who'll be the last editor of Mirabella, is a piece of talent out there for the picking.

Steven Dart's the new marketing director at Gruner & Jahr USA Publishing for both Family Circle and McCall's.

Variety warns of aging audience demographics for "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire"; it claims teens, young adults are tuning out.

New GM at People is Nancy Clifford. She's a finance whiz who'll help them count the dough.

Smart Business for the New Economy (it used to be PC Computing) unveiled its new look the other day. Paul Somerson's editor and Greg Mason publisher.They're at 130 E. 59th St., New York 10022.

Wow! Did you see that most recent Business Week ad sales report? McGraw Hill execs must be dancing in the aisles.

New marketing director for Shape, the Weider book, is Andrea Norlander from Jane.

Those Amtrak radio commercials, aimed at business travelers on the N.Y.-Boston run, boasting swifter service and business-class perks, are so persuasive, I took the trip. Sunday, April 30, north to Providence, we lost power and had to change an engine at New Haven, 25 minute-stopover, no PA explanation. Coming home Monday May 1, 7:30 a.m. from Providence, a 30-minute stop in New Haven. There was a PA announcement but not audible in business class. Be warned.

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