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Darn & drat! We were all so much looking forward to that Eisner-Katzenberg courtroom bloodletting.

Shame on AMC movie "expert" Bob Dorian. Introducing a British sci-fi flick he said it derived from Nigel Kneale's classic Quatermass series over British television. Only he pronounced Quatermass as "Quartermass."

Travel & Leisure Publisher Ed Kelly is feeling feisty these days. "Conde Nast Traveler can say they're No. 1, but they can't support it. We are clearly the category leader." Ed goes on to cite circulation figures from June '94 through June of this year showing T&L circ up 9% to 997,000 and CNT down 12% to 778,000. On average, paid price per sub Kelly claims $32.77 and says Traveler gets $12.86. In the ad page race through November of this year, T&L sold 1,327 pages and CNT sold 1,199. Ed says the November issue was "the biggest ever" in the mag's history, and winds up, "Despite CNT's 10th anniversary year, T&L will once again win the ad page crown for full year (unless they surprise me with three issues in December)."

Christopher Allen at Cooking Light mag also crowing. Its November/December number is the largest in 10 years of publication and ad pages this year were up 18% over last year to 983.

They're cooking at Hearst with John Mack Carter's latest two efforts. Bob Vila's American Home goes to six times frequency in '98 and Mr. Food goes quarterly.

How is Martha Stewart like the British Empire? The sun never sets on either. Martha sends along a new 20-page catalog of Christmas gift ideas including a glass-etching kit, a felt stocking kit and a gingerbread house kit. My letter to Santa has that gingerbread house right at the top.

Let's hear it for Editor Rochelle Udell at Self. Publisher Beth Brenner reports the mag closed out the year with its highest-ever ad revenues, up from $40 million last year to $48 million this time.

Diane Oshin says Parenting was up 6.5% in ad pages this year over last, at 1,247 pages, an all-time record.

Redbook and Fashion Group team up to present "The First Rising Star Awards" Dec. 8 to talented people working in fashion and related fields. Wendy Wasserstein, the playwright, is keynoter and Hearst's Cathie Black and Kate White co-host. At the Grand Hyatt in Manhattan.

Can we write in to protest the reported cancellation (in January) of Terry Bradshaw's talk show?

Coup for Parade Jan. 11 when it adds The Philadelphia Inquirer to the roster with its circ of 880,000.

Jack Laschever, publisher of classy (and thick with ads) Departures (up in pages 26% and in bucks 34% over '96) adds a new title, corporate VP for American Express Customer Publishing Group.

The ad director's letter in the December Kiplinger's Personal Finance has Roger Steckler claiming his book leads Money, SmartMoney and Worth in four categories: "home influencers" and owners of home PCs, printers, modems or fax modems. I

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