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There was Dr. Kissinger at the next table with Israel's Abba Eban at the Four Seasons in Manhattan where I was getting the scoop from Lou Gropp on the shelter book category. Lou, editor of House Beautiful the last nine years and before that top man at House & Garden (he also helped launch Elle Decor), tells me HB is now 103 years old and current circ is a robust 877,000 (rate base 850,000). The book generated 1998 ad revenue of $65 million, says Publisher Cindy Sperling Spengler (and try saying that in a hurry!), with this year first quarter pages up 5% over last year with the second quarter up a stunning 30%. Is Dr. K. doing that well?

Belated "ave" to new Hachette publishers Anne Triece at Metropolitan Home and Tracy Gavant at Elle Decor.

On air April 6 Don Imus declared, "The business pages of the New York Post are the best anywhere."

Barbara Litrell promoted to president of MacDonald Communications Corp. They put out Working Woman.

Hearst Distribution Group Named Michael L. Sullivan exec VP for sales and marketing.

Silver linings dept. at Weather Channel. Now that spring's arrived, they'll be adding "an esteemed tornado expert" to the staff.

If you're into art for investment as well as aesthetics, there's a luncheon seminar April 29 on "art tax facts" at the William Doyle Galleries, 175 East 87th St. in Manhattan.

At Golf Digest, before they ever teed off in the Masters, Publisher Tom Brown was predicting, "Tiger will win." And, by the way, he let slip that the April, May, June issues "were our largest revenue producers ever!"

Quentin Walz at Civilization says their technique of assigning "guest editors," such luminaries as Bill Blass, Marty Scorsese, George Plimpton, etc, is paying off. Next up, the U.N.'s Kofi Annan. They're busily pondering one of several women next.

Big doings May 12 at the Grand Hyatt in N.Y. where the Girl Scouts hold their annual fund-raising black-tie dinner. Jon Corzine of Goldman, Sachs is in the chair. To be honored, top women execs Janet Grove of Federated Marketing Group and Denise Seegal of Liz Claiborne.

Terrific one-pager by Scott Raab on the great (and salty) Ted Williams in the current Esquire.

Allure, which has had its difficulties, is up 7.2% at newsstands over the first quarter. The January cover, featuring ditsy Courtney Love, outsold last January's Helen Hunt cover by 54,000 copies. Ditsy sells.

Albuquerque ad shop Rick Johnson & Co. hired Jim Demaree as traffic coordinator and Sterling R. Grant III was named director/producer for the broadcast arm of the agency.

Sherwood Outdoor named Toby J.D. Rogers as senior VP-sales & marketing.

Gina Flynn directs special projects for Glamour.

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