Brady's Bunch

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What's the over & under on someone hiring Tina Brown within a year for big bucks? No odds being quoted on how soon Ron Galotti returns to Conde Nast Publications.

Lots of great mail, etc. (Barbara Walters wrote and John Burr Fairchild phoned!) from readers and others whom I can never thank individually and sufficiently. So I now do so in these few inadequate lines.

Jon Chalon of the defunct Industry Standard becomes publisher of Spin, reporting to Alex Mironovich.

It was a brutal year but who were the best managers in '01? Business Week names Steven Ballmer of Microsoft, Jeffrey Barbakow of Tenet Healthcare and HBO's Jeffrey Bewkes one, two, three in its annual list of the top 25.

Better Homes & Gardens hosts a cocktail party Jan. 24 at the Four Seasons restaurant in Manhattan to intro its new editor in chief, Karol DeWulf Nickell, who's been with Meredith Corp. since 1978 when she began as a summer intern. Now she's got the biggie of them all. So be nice to your own next intern. She or he may be running things one day.

You're kidding me. Serena Williams blew off yet another big tournament at the 11th hour? She's the Ace bandage woman of the year.

Jerry Della Femina's now a board member of Lighthouse International.

Mitchell Fink in the Daily News reports Elaine Kaufman is writing a book. Or several books. My God! If she tells all, we're all cooked!

Watch for Yves Saint Laurent's partner, the brilliant Pierre Berge, to buy a big art auction house in Paris and challenge Sotheby's and Christie's for the world art market. Long before Pierre teamed up with Yves, he had as a very young man cornered the market on Bernard Buffet. This guy really knows art and he's smarter than hell and rich, too.

Mike Bloomberg had been mayor of New York for about 15 minutes when he announced he was putting his kid and his sister on the city payroll. The guy's a fast learner. Only trouble, he's paying them a dollar a year out of his own pocket. In Albany or Buffalo they'd laugh the sucker out of town.

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