Brady's Bunch

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Those glamorous Glamour girls, Cindi Lieve and Suzanne Grimes, have their magazine, Conde Nast Publications' biggest in circulation at 2.3 million, firmly back on the rails. Following an awful 2002 (the first quarter was a disaster; the fourth quarter looked promising), this year through August they're a hundred ad pages ahead with Grimes and Lieve soon to celebrate two years in their respective jobs as publisher and editor. Boom categories? Beauty is up 38%, retail 43%, health 40%. Other news: Glamour drew 10,000 entries for its first non-fiction writing contest, with Maybelline the sponsor. Winner gets $5,000 and her story published in November. Glamour will publish fiction early next year. They're campaigning to reduce heart disease (a real killer) among women. The college board has been expanded. Outlook? Smart Suzanne has cut merchandising deals with the retailing big three Wal-Mart, Target and Kmart.

Carol Watson took over as publisher of Vibe, the 10-year-old music mag created by Quincy Jones. She got into the ad biz via Bates, was later a New York Times senior exec, and had been been managing Vibe's ad sales.

They must be pretty serious about this eBay mag thing at Readers' Digest, paying heavy hitters like Jim Seymore and Steve Reddicliffe to create it.

Don Hewitt's the breakfast speaker Sept. 10 at 21.

Cosmo will announce the winner of its cover model search Sept. 9 at show in Manhattan. Finalists are Brittany Hall, Tanisha Harper, Adair Howell and Kayla Drawdy. Nobody's named "Joan" or "Mary" anymore.

New York's double issue (fall fashion) is their biggest fashion number ever for ads with a 12-page section for Saks Fifth Ave.

Gregg Hano promoted to publisher for Popular Science.

My fave Kathy Lane promoted by Weather Channel to VP of PR for all their businesses.

I really don't need to read anything more about poor Ted Williams' corpse. Shameful!

Ad agency prez tells me during the Blackout, at a midtown intersection, he saw five N.Y. cops watching a civilian direct traffic.

Celebrity barkeep Patrick Ford of Wollensky's Grill, an ad agency hangout, operated on for lymph node cancer at Memorial Hospital. He's back home and on the mend. Mother Ford is down from Buffalo and taking charge.

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