Brady's Bunch

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Leatherneck, the magazine of the Marines, has a new editor, Col. Walter G. Ford, USMC (Ret.). The great Bill White, who'd been editor since the Battle of Belleau Wood, becomes a contributing ed.

Current issue (December) of Money is its biggest-ever totaling 304 pages. As year ends, ad revenues are up 13% over '98. All that moving & shaking seems to be paying off.

The current Palm Springs Life runs a terrific piece by Wilfrid Sheed about Hoagy Carmichael on his 100th birthday. Fine, nostalgic stuff about Hoagy in the desert at the Thunderbird C.C., near-fisticuffs with Bogie, etc. Bill Sheed actually lives in Sag Harbor but is allowed to go west on occasion.

Stacy L. Primis bailed after six years at Self to become exec fashion & beauty director for Hearst Corp.'s new Oprah Winfrey mag.

Steve Reddicliffe of TV Guide named a new senior editor, Bonnie Vaughan, who had been Seventeen's entertainment editor.

Belated but vigorous huzzahs! for newly promoted Mitchell Fox at Conde Nast. Stout fellow!

Flushed from skillful shotmaking on Ireland's storied courses, Publisher Rob Gregory at Travel & Leisure Golf informs me after one year as a every-other-monthly their ad pages were up 73% over launch year. Rate base now 400,000.

Meanwhile, Turnstile's Golf & Travel is going to appear every other month. The yearend issue sold 52% more ad pages than in '98.

Dick Kaplan recovering at Westchester Medical Center following a bypass. Dick is one of the great magazine editors. Worked everywhere from Ladies' Home Journal to the Star.

I'm tardy in congratulating new Business Week Publisher Bill Kupper. The good news came from Business Week Group Prez Dave Ferm.

Fortune has a new marketing director, Laurie Howlett.

Author and journalist Les Whitten has a new novel, "Moses, The Last Book of the Bible," out from New Millennium Press. Les, who skis, golfs, cycles and lives with his wife in Silver Springs, Md., is a splendid fellow who writes page-turners. And how!

Editor Joe Oldham reports the closely followed cars & trucks guide of Popular Mechanics is now online.

John Brady (fine chap, I'm told) joined Newspaper Association of America as director-marketing & advertising.

Ad director Jim Tricarico of Inc. promoted Barbara Behrins to sales manager. She's been regional manager handling IBM Corp., Rolex, Lucent Technologies.

I was at Elaine's chatting with Gene Hackman about his new book, when I got the news about Myrna Blyth being tapped for a Henry Johnson Fisher Award. What a pro! The editor who "saved" Ladies' Home Journal and does lots more for Meredith. Myrna, husband Geoff and I skipped along Second Ave. in celebration. Mark the black-tie dinner date, Jan. 26, at the Waldorf.

The 49ers dumped Lawrence Phillips for disruptive behavior? You're kidding me.

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