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Jesse and Clinton huddling at the White House on our military strategy. Now there's a gathering of eagles.

Publisher Michael Kelly named a new fashion director for Entertainment Weekly. She's Caryn Hope Salomon who'd been ad manager for Fairchild's Daily News Record.

Also at Fairchild, Jane Publisher Lorin Litner says ad pages soared over the first four months, from 186 last year to 283. That's 52%!

Worth promoted Jim McCabe to VP-ad sales.

American Heritage (Forbes) Editor Richard Snow leads a tour of Normandy this fall (Sept. 24-Oct. 1) commemorating D-Day 55 years later. They'll include a banquet at the Forbes family's Chateau de Balleroy.

Through June, says Geoff Dodge, Money will be 75 ad pages ahead of last year with revenue up 20% or $12.1 million.

New top marketer at Hearst's Country Living is Kevin Belden from Discover.

Mode put out its first "celeb" cover on the May issue. Cover girl? Cybill Shepherd. We should all look so good.

Former Sports Illustrated marketer Claire Keating Strupp joined Creative Group on Fifth Ave. in Manhattan, a top ad and marketing placement outfit.

Voice-over man Joe Sirola bought movie rights to Linton Baldwin's novel, "The Big Round," a 1950's fight yarn about a Don King-type.

At Harper's Bazaar they promoted Nancy Denholtz to general advertising manager.

Wenner Media named a new veep, Lawrence Burstein, who's publisher of Us.

Publisher Amy P. Wilkins reports Biography boosts its rate base to half a mil (from 450,000) in October.

Si Newhouse hosts a welcoming bash for new Gourmet Editor Ruth Reichl May 20 at Nobu in Manhattan.

Men's Health launches a French edition May 19 at Le Bernardin in N.Y. Hosts are Jeff Morgan and Michael Lafavore.

Effective Aug. 1 (just in time for hurricane season) Decker Anstrom becomes CEO of Weather Channel.

Power & Motorboat named Stu Reininger senior editor. But can he box the compass?

New food editor of Country Living is Cynthia LaGrone.

Bon Appetit hired Dru Mercer to sell ads but only three days a week. The busy Ms. Mercer has four boys, triplets and a single. Good for Publisher Lynn Heiler to work this one out.

Without much fuss, Mutual Funds, a monthly not yet five years old, is already No. 3 in the personal finance category, with a rate base of 800,000 after eight circ increases over four years. Ad pages rose last year from 514 to 559 and ad dollars were up from $18 million to $23 million. Time Inc. bought the property just a year ago and put Managing Editor John Curran (a Fortune vet) in charge. Then in January they named a new publisher, Michael Dukmejian. The boys cleaned up a messy format, hired some top people and have the thing cooking. Typical

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