Why are they wringing their hands at GE over what to do with Barry Diller after the Vivendi acquisition? Throw money and authority at clever Mr. Diller, let him run Universal and make everyone rich! Or richer!
Please inform me when the first computer virus vandal does actual hard time. This latest creep's on house arrest.
Mary Beth Wright tells me Family Fun, the Disney mag, boosts its rate base by 100,000 in February to a whopping 1.85 million.
What MPA used to call its "smaller magazine advisory council" is now the "Independent Magazine Advisory Group," and it holds its annual meeting Oct. 19 as part of the American Magazine conference, which runs through Oct. 22 at Rancho Mirage, Calif. Lots of big shots will be there.
If you're a devotee of neighborhood papers, have I got a unique entry for you: The Battery Park City Broadsheet, published by Robert Simko on classy white stock like that of the original W. It's 6 years old and booming. Simko tells me Clay Felker started him off with one word of counsel: "Classifieds!"
Country Living celebrates 25 years of publication with an Oct. 2 evening at ABC Carpet & Home in Manhattan.
Madison Ave. and other "Friends of Pat Ford," who's battling cancer, gather Oct. 8 at the theatre of St. Peter's Church for a benefit performance of Louis Mustillo's "Bartender." Tix are $100 at Wollensky's Grill or by phone, 212-935-5820, Ext. 11.