Brady's Bunch

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Carol Campbell was on a runner's high. The publisher of More magazine, whose creator Myrna Blyth had now retired to write controversial books and whose current editor in chief, Susan Crandell, was planning new adventures (she climbed Mount Kilimanjaro last October), was cool and undisturbed over lunch at Michael's. The day before she and an Avon exec teamed to run a 2:10 half-marathon in Central Park along with 2,600 other women in the mag's annual race, with nine-time NYC Marathon winner Greta Waitz pinning on Carol's number. So, Carol, how's the magazine doing? "Ad pages were up last year by 32% over `02 and this year through April we're up 31% over that. We just closed a real big deal, with Baume & Mercier watches. In September the rate base goes to 1 million from 950,000. Median age is 43.7, household median income $79,000." April 26 at the Four Seasons they'll name their "Alpha Woman of the Year." Last year, Meryl. This year, Hillary. And their fifth "model search" is co-sponsored this time by Estee Lauder, Nordstrom, MasterCard, et al.

This month Hachette Filipacchi USA Publishing, publisher of Road & Track, debuts Speed, a special one-shot devoted to a younger audience of high-performance enthusiasts. If the demand's there, it'll fly more frequently.

Gloria Steinem and Ms. Editor Elaine Lafferty are out beating the drums for feminism and readers new and old. Their latest cause? Branding the Martha trial a "Bitch Hunt."

All those National Magazine Award nominations for The New Yorker were no surprise. But seven nominations for David Granger's Esquire? Wow! Give that man a raise.

Food & Wine salutes its 2004 "best new chefs" Wednesday evening in Manhattan at the Surrogate's Court Building. Ted Allen of "Queer Eye" will help them celebrate.

The Weather Channel (without which I could not go on) promoted Paul Iaffaldano to senior VP-national sales and ad development for the TWC media solutions group.

Deb Mignucci is the new publisher of American Media's Fit Pregnancy mag.

National Geographic's Sean Flanagan tells me it's just had its best first quarter ever, with ad pages up 36% over last year.

Black Enterprise says GM will host the ninth annual entrepreneurs' conference in Dallas May 12-16.

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