Hearst Corp.'s Cathy Black and husband Tom Harvey traditionally throw the first Manhattan Christmas party, Nov. 24 this year. On display at their Park Ave. digs: Gay Talese, Deborah Norville, Dick Stolley, Jeff Greenfield, Joan Pataki, George Stephanopoulos, Bob Tisch, Meredith Brokaw, Helen Gurley and David Brown, Steve Brill, Michael Clinton, John Veronis and lots of Hearst stars. Fred Graham of Court TV predicts no cameras at the Michael Jackson trial. "Every judge in California has Ito-phobia," says Fred.
Ralph Monti of Special Interest Media has a new book out, "The Creative Sales Person," all about how to teach 'em to think-and sell-creatively.
Flying (Hachette Filipacchi) reminds us Dec. 17 will be 100 years since the Wright brothers flew at Kitty Hawk. If you're a buff, get December's issue. Wonderful stuff including a piece by West Coast Editor Lane Wallace who gave up a big job in corporate marketing to learn to fly. And write about it.
Prohibition ended 70 years ago (Dec. 5, 1933 at 5:32 P.M.). They celebrated Friday at Bill's on East 54th with jazz by Vince Giordano and the Prohibition Four and remarks by Pete Hamill. Odd choice. Pete went on the wagon years ago. I mean, they could have asked me.