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Kurt Vonnegut embraced me in a great bear hug Nov. 11 on East 48th Street. Is this love? I inquired. "No," said Kurt, "it's my birthday. I'm 81." He had just come from the Veterans Day parade and was quite cheered to report, "the Vietnam vets all look older than we do!"

Traditional Home's Brenda Saget Darling had reason to give thanks. Her monthly (Meredith Corp.) closes the year 17% ahead in ad pages (November ran 174 pages, 50% over the month a year ago) and they'll boost their rate base in February to 950,000, the 14th consecutive year of increases.

Carol Campbell of More tells me they'll host the first-ever true marathon (26.2 miles) for women over 40 Sunday March 24 in N.Y.'s Central Park. This one's going to be impressive.

Earl Graves' Black Enterprise, partnering with Chicago-based Central City Productions, spun off a new syndicated half-hour TV series, "Black Enterprise Report." The debut show ran Saturday morning Nov. 29.

World Publishing in Florida will launch Power Cruising mag in February.

American Express Publishing's Travel & Leisure has a new Midwest rep, Miller Dixon Media, headed by Kate Dixon.

Tom Curtin says his Bridal Guide is up in ad pages by a startling 62%, at 2,585 pages booked year to date. He claims they'll top Bride's and In Style for the year.

Woman's Day salutes "women who inspire us" at lunch Dec. 9 at The Pierre in Manhattan. Jane Chesnutt, Laura Klein and Sarah, Duchess of York, host.

Publisher Christopher Wightman claims his Golf magazine "topped the category this year." Rival claimants?

Jim Sheeran does it again. His Palm Beach Society just published its second Pet Society spinoff, 100 pages of rich locals with their pets plus lots of yummy ads on the heaviest stock ever.

Paul Turcotte reports that Premiere mag's December (a "Lord of the Rings" special) was their largest in four years and they'll end the year 25% ahead of `02 in ads.

American Banker (David Longobardi and Stuart Arnold are editor and publisher) hands out its annual awards this Wednesday at the New York Palace.

Reader's Digest takes over the Rainbow Room Thursday evening to honor James Patterson for fiction, Ann Rule for non-fiction.

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