New Woman, busily redefining itself under new Editor (and real pro) Judith Coyne, lunches Sept. 14 at the Waldorf in Manhattan with Tipper Gore and daughter Karenna, the new mom. David Carey checks in from Times Square (yes, The New Yorker has indeed moved), to say renewal rates are at an all-time high of 76.4%. He denied Editor David Remnick, in cleaning out the old office, unearthed a mummified fact-checker.
Ann Stradar's the new director-consumer marketing for People en Espanol.
In our change of offices I missed the anointing as publisher of YM (Gruner & Jahr) of Kristine Schreiber, their nifty ad director.
The Priceline.com folks are whizzes at the Internet but not so great on advertising. For several days after his wife's death they were still running radio commercials using a very cheery-sounding William Shatner.
Oh, dear, another Yalie who (like Dad) flunked grammar. George W. Bush thanked Iowans for coming to meet "Laura and I."
It's never dull at Outdoor Explorer (a new Times Mirror title). Exec VP Jason Klein reports it's going every-other-monthly next summer with a rate base rise from 200,000 to 300,000. Meanwhile, during the tornado at Salt Lake City, "our booth was destroyed at the Outdoor Retailer Show" and 5,000 copies of the mag "were sucked up into the vortex." Their staff was all OK, but a Ski staffer "suffered minor injuries."
Also increasing frequency, Girl, going from four to six times.
Drinks are on Ed Kelly promoted by American Express Publishing to senior VP-group publisher.
Capt. Scott Cubbler says an exhibition of U.S. Marine Corps combat art will be on show at Manhattan's Citicorp Center Oct. 23-Nov. 19.
Mike Kelly of Entertainment Weekly (which began life as a flop and will be a 10-year-old success in 2000) has excellent first half numbers: ad revenue up 27% over '98, ad pages 13% ahead, and circ up to 1.5 million (a 7% gain over last year). Biggest ad growth category? Computer advertising (with dot-com a subset).
Cheers to Steve Smith for that fascinating U.S. News issue on what it was like a thousand years ago at the last millennium. Such as, the most advanced city in the world back then was Cordova, in Spain: street lights, sewage system, libraries, etc. In Manhattan wolves and wild turkeys roamed.
Elle promoted Jennifer Barr to managing editor.
Sorry to see Hearst pull the plug on John Atwood's edit makeover for Sports Afield. Not all that different from what's working for Outdoor Explorer (see above).
Automobile magazine promoted Paul Sisia to Eastern ad sales director of the Primedia monthly. Good man and a car nut besides. Quick, now, who was Frenchy