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Thanks to Vanity Fair for including me in the current issue's piece about the late N.Y. fashion creator Norman Norell. And give credit to John Fairchild of Women's Wear Daily for his kindness and generosity toward the old gentleman with whom John often lunched. One such lunch I clearly recall. Mr. Fairchild returned highly perturbed about what Norell informed him was a new fad among fashion designers. According to Norman, the lads were having affairs with poultry. And, specifically, meaningful relationships "with live geese." I cannot say if there were anything to this or if it were simply a fanciful tale concocted by Norell to shock Mr. Fairchild, a Princeton man.

Molly Ingram joined 1-800-FLOWERS as director of promotions and PR. She'd spent the last eight years at K-III Media heading the American Baby consumer promotion group.

Tomorrow evening Tiffany on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan throws a cocktail party to intro its fall table-setting show for this year. Celebs participating include Jessye Norman, Christie Brinkley, Phyllis Cerf Wagner and Robert Kennedy Jr.

Petersen Publishing Co. set up a new creative services department headed by Barbara Wise. She'd held a similar job at Cahners Entertainment Group.

Steve Brill, the genius who created "Court TV," dropped the first launch letter for his new magazine about the media, called Content. He plans 10 issues a year (at a $14.95 charter sub price) and apparently (in typical Brill style) will take few prisoners. His pitch letter talks about "Diane Sawyer's 3 sappiest interviews" and says the media industry, "when it comes to power, lack of accountability, arrogance and making money in the name of sacred constitutional rights, actually makes lawyers look good. . ."

Publisher Michael Brownstein of Ladies' Home Journal and Editor Myrna Blyth started off lunch (and the good news) with the stunning claim theirs is "the only magazine in America that has both Chanel and Clorox as advertisers." Michael was just back in N.Y. after visiting Hormel (eating a little Spam as well) and says the Journal's November issue will run 188 ad pages, second largest issue in its 114 years. And the Journal's hired a new ad agency, Gotham. Year to date ad pages are 25 pages ahead and cover price goes from $1.99 to $2.49 with the November book. Plus they've spun off a new mag called More for women 45 and older (Cheryl Tiegs, the current issue's cover girl, is now 50 if you can believe that!).

HarperCollins will publish Oct. 29 "A Fellowship of Valor," all about the Marine Corps from Tripoli through Desert Storm. A&E will do a three-part documentary with the same title to coincide with the pub date.

Three-year old InStyle (Time Inc.) expects to run 1,250 ad pages this year with first-half circulation of 966,000, a 21% bonus.

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