Brady's Bunch

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Let's hear it for Time Inc.'s Fortune. Coverline reads, "The Mess at AOL." Inside story begins, "Can Steve Case Make Sense of this Beast?" Lots of magazines I know wouldn't dare be so candid.

GQ Editor Art Cooper hosted a book party last Wednesday at Elaine's for Elizabeth Gilbert's "The Last American Man."

Parade promoted John Garvey to exec VP-operations & administration. He's the newspaper and magazine manufacturing maven and rotogravure expert who joined Parade in 1990 after a long stint with rival Gannett (USA Today and USA Weekend).

House Beautiful saluted the "giants of design" last week at Cipriani in Manhattan. Mario Buatta, Oscar de la Renta, Sir Terence Conran were among them.

John McGrath, longtime exec at Fairchild Publications (later at Hearst, etc.), responded to an old itch and entered New York Law School. On June 2 at Lincoln Center he gets his law degree at age 62! Well done, McGrath!

Caribbean Travel & Life, a World Publications 9X mag, promoted Bob Friel to editor.

Gruner & Jahr Publishing USA created a new marketing operation (formerly corporate sales & marketing). Promoted are Jack Bamberger, now exec director-sales and Joanne Ragazzo, corporate biz manager.

This Thursday at the Pierre in Manhattan the USO honors Elaine Stritch, Georgette Mosbacher and Kathie Lee Gifford. The last is saluted as "humanitarian of the year" so I guess all those nasty sweatshop allegations have been disproved.

Top NY-based PR shop Susan Magrino Agency hired Nancy Kane as an account director. She's a good one with major clients.

Gardening ace P. Allen Smith joined Woman's Day as contributor.

Sweet-smelling Lancome and Premiere in a big promotional tie-in, Beverly Hills lunch, a coffee-table book, list of "power players" under 35, lots of ads. Publisher Kim Pinto pulled it off.

Let's hear it for David Granger's Esquire on the Johnny Carson get. Judge Crater is higher profile.

Viacom's WFAN-AM's most recent radiothon, headlined by Don Imus, raised $2.9 million for sick kids and research into sudden infant death syndrome.

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