Brady's Bunch

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Faithful, even passionate fans of "The Sopranos," tell me this season it isn't nearly as much fun.

Rocky Converse, the 86-year-old widow of Gary Cooper, died at her home in Manhattan Feb. 16. Always on top of the news, the Times got around to running an obit March 7.

Think Clinton got a raw deal? Get "The Hunting of the President," the new hardcover by Joe Conason of the New York Observer and collaborator Gene Lyons. Among those at the book party at the National Arts Club in New York, Uma Thurman, Ethan Hawke, Lewis Lapham and Peter W. Kaplan. I don't believe Judge Starr could make it.

WCBS-TV's Marcia Kramer, best political reporter on the N.Y. air, got another Emmy nomination.

New Publisher Amy Churgin of Architectural Digest is preening over the annual "Hollywood" issue, the magazine's biggest in ad pages in 10 years and up 24% over last year's. Meanwhile, Ann Lundberg succeeds Jim Taylor as ad director.

Speaking of sibling rivalry, Peter King Hunsinger tells me Vanity Fair's "Hollywood" number has 316 ad pages, up 16% over '99.

The C.W. Post Alumni Association staged "an evening with Nelson DeMille." The best-selling alum's latest novel is "The Lion's Game."

Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion, a mag that believes in "leading the artful life," boosting its rate base to 525,000. An ABC FasFax report says they're delivering 561,000.

Nice ave atque vale note from Chris Willcox on his departure as editor of Reader's Digest. Class gent.

Sports Illustrated For Women finally launched. First covergirl: Anna Kournikova. Anna's got my vote.

Pam Dolby is the new Midwest manager for Conde Nast Traveler.

Spin celebrated 15 years of publication by noting Nirvana/Kurt Cobain were on more of their covers (seven) than anyone else, dead or alive. The April issue carries 122 ad pages. Pas mal.

New marketing & sales teams at Mademoiselle, says Publisher Lori Burgess. Susan Parkes, Jeff Carter, Beth Pagano, Heidi Edelstein and Kathy Riess the big noises in marketing and Pam Sigal comes in as associate publisher, along with Robyn St. Germain, Renee Moskowitz and Freda London in other leading roles.

I'm told the phrase, "hanging up his button," re Bill Saunders, associate publisher of Spectrum, the influential electrical/electronic industry mag, retiring end of the month, just means he's outta there.

Travel & Leisure Golf has a new national travel ad manager, Larry Glick.

Family Life has a new publisher, Laura Klein.

Jim Spanfeller named Andrew Kramer publisher of Yahoo! Internet Life. He was the first sales employee it ever had four years ago. Give that man a gold watch!

National Geographic acknowledged the terrific sales job done by Andrea Rene Vaughan and promoted her to ad director.

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