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Striding into the Grill Room of the Four Seasons restaurant in Manhattan, lanky Michael Eisner, slightly late for lunch with new Random House boss Ann Godoff. And isn't tycoon Eisner also slightly late with an autobiography Harry Evans signed him to write? Looking on from across the room, Ann's boss, Alberto Vitale, and at other tables Madison Ave.'s Jerry Della Femina, Newsday columnist Paul Colford, the real estate Rudin brothers et al.

Classy book party this Wednesday at the same Four Seasons for Peggy Noonan. Peggy, everyone's fave Republican, has a new one out from ReganBooks called "Simply Speaking." Good Housekeeping brass host.

Peter the Portfolio Manager reports they may have solved that alpaca killing up in Connecticut (AA, Jan. 12). "We think Osvaldo, the dominant male, did it," says Peter.

Conde Nast named a new VP-corporate creative, Gary Van Dis, who'd spent the last nine years at The New Yorker.

Tribune Broadcasting Co. in Chicago promoted Thomas D. Leach its VP-strategy & development.

Former Fairchild Publications exec William O. Dwyer promoted to chairman of Moody's Investors Service. John Rutherfurd Jr. succeeds as president. Bill earlier served as president Dun & Bradstreet Asia, retired, returned to head Moody's a second time. As chairman he will oversee Southern strategy from his HQ in Stuart, Florida and, perhaps, play some golf. Stout fella and outstanding chap.

After one year as a quarterly, People en Espanol hits the newsstands in February as a monthly.

An amused Mary Berner of Glamour says of Cosmo's Donna Kalajian, "perhaps . . . the lady doth protest too much." In her spare time next month Mary will run her son's nursery school benefit.

Not a bad first year as publisher for Deborah Fine at Bride's where they claim they've just made the "Guinness Book" for most ad pages ever, 939 pages in the upcoming March issue.

Speaking of records, Chairman Malcolm must be grinning, as Forbes closed '97 with 4,658 ad pages. Son Steve says that makes six years in a row as top business mag.

Speaking of winners, Chanel named Robert Taylor national sales manager for cosmetics, fragrances & skincare.

Penton, the big Cleveland publisher, promoted four execs to VP: Russell S. Carson, Joseph M. DiFranco, John G. French, Katherine P. Torgerson. Everyone has middle initials at Penton.

Travel writer Wendy Perrin (Conde Nast Traveler) has a new off-Broadway musical based on her book, "Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know." It's running at the Triad Theatre and Publisher Lisa Henriques thinks we should all go.

From Detroit, Hour Publisher John Balardo sends a copy of his sleek, slick baby. Handsome book.

Lynn Heiler says Bon Appetit's March issue with 91 ad pages will be the title's biggest since being acquired in '93 by Conde Nast.

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