Brady's Bunch

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He's gushed to Vanity Fair, but has Ben Affleck yet brought her home to meet the folks?

My fave, The Weather Channel, hired Deirdre M. O'Grady as VP-pricing & ops for the advertising sales department. She's a pro, previously with Court TV, NBC and John Blair.

Norman Mailer turning 80 over on the Brooklyn Heights. All hail, Norman!

Departures mag has a new marketing director, Erica S. Kasel.

Tracey Pepper promoted to senior editor by Spin.

In Touch Weekly boosting its rate base to 350,000 from 250,000, effective April.

Susan Plagemann, publisher of Lifetime magazine, jointly owned by Hearst Corp. and Walt Disney Co., says the premiere May/June issue debuts April 22 with a startup rate base of half a mil. Sally Koslow's the editor. They began beating the drums with a skating party for ad folks at N.Y.'s Woolman rink starring Nancy Kerrigan.

Did new owners of alternative New York Press dump founder Russ Smith's "Mugger" column? Or did I just miss it in a recent issue? Speak to us, Mugger.

In East Hampton premium gas is already two bucks.

Lords, the world's most famous cricket ground, is owned by the Marylebone Cricket Club, known everywhere as MCC. Except in The New York Times where Joyce Wadler calls it the LCC.

Teen People celebrated its 5th anniversary this month and established a teen Hall of Fame.

I'm still a sucker for those radio commercials for Account Temps.

Vibe shook up its edit staff, naming Shani Saxon exec editor, Serena Kim features ed, and Eric Parker music ed.

MPA breakfast speakers at NY's University Club, Steve Florio March 6, Stephen Colvin May 13. Ya gotta be a Steve.

What ad slump? Traditional Home increased frequency last year from 6 X to 8 X, saw ad pages rise 19% and ad dollars 38% over 2001, and it'll raise rates again in February, 13th boost in 13 years.

Biography mag promoted Michelle Balaz to Midwest advertising director. She's a thoroughbred, they tell me.

In the best revolutions, they behead the landlords first. In downtown Manhattan 17 months after 9/11, some office buildings still haven't been decontaminated by their owners.

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