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Do they actually have a bar exam in the state of California? Or, considering Judge Ito and the rest of them out there, do you just write in to an address on the back of a matchbook and then hang out your shingle?

Rolling Stone promoted Tish Hamilton to deputy managing editor and Tobias Perse to assistant editor.

Did anyone do a better, more evocative job of V-E Day nostalgia than Tim Forbes' American Heritage in its last issue?

Parade's design director, Ira Yoffe, received from Boston University (his alma mater) its 1995 Visual Arts Division Distinguished Alumni Award.

G. Gordon Liddy a whack job? You're kidding me!

Is Saveur magazine a year old yet? David Kahn tells me the current issue, with 50 pages of ads, is its fattest yet. New advertisers include Range Rover, Rolls, Rolex and Royal Copenhagen. "And those are just the Rs," says David.

Myrna Blyth of Ladies' Home Journal says her magazine's recent redesign has been such a success, "I have even received a letter from a longtime Journal reader, Hillary Clinton, commenting on how much she liked the new design!"

Fitness, the Gruner & Jahr mag, increases its frequency from six to 10 times a year effective this month. Margery Gladstone, the publisher, says for the first half of this year they're up from 131 ad pages a year ago to 221 this time, a 68% increase in pages.

"The Broadway Hour," a New York radio show (over WPAT-AM) hosted by Larry Sutton and exec-produced by Kate McGrath, celebrated its second on-air anniversary with a Taittinger champagne party at the Sheraton New York Hotel. Kate's married to well-known TV and newspaper journalist Dick Oliver.

Re that recent column on old-time foreign correspondents, I'm informed by Jeff Blyth that the great Sam White of Paris fame (the Crillon Bar was his HQ) died some years ago "on his uppers," with the Evening Standard having to pay for the funeral.

Tony Hoyt writes to agree that recent AWNY roast for Helen Gurley Brown ran on too long. And good luck to Tony in his new gig as superpublisher of the leading supermarket tabloids.

They're breaking records at Architectural Digest, says Tom Losee. The June issue will be the biggest in ad pages (with 151) since 1992 and the biggest June issue since '87. Tom says the first half had ad pages up 13% over last year, or 69 pages ahead.

CMP Publications of Manhasset, N.Y., named Fred Davis, a Ziff-Davis vet and author of a dozen books on computers, its editorial development director.

On Wednesday in Westfield, the New Jersey Press Women will honor Susan Ungaro, editor in chief of Family Circle, with their President's Award.

Boston magazine unveiled a new logo designed by Gregory Klee and Jim Parkinson.

Black & Decker (and you can believe I've got a few of their fine tools in my garage) named a new agency of record for North American distribution and customer service ops. It's Stiegler, Wells & Brunswick of Bethlehem, Pa.

Jay McKenzie, who directs the advertising at AutoWeek, says they closed the first quarter with 138 more ad pages than in the period last year, a gain of 52%. Which isn't at all bad especially coming on top of a good '94.

George Rike writes to say it was Laraine Day (later Mrs. Leo Durocher) who co-starred with Joel McCrea in "Foreign Correspondent" and he and others straightened me out on the spelling of McCrea. Mea culpa.

Hearst Special Publications beefed up their sales team with Erica Alpers becoming Midwest manager, Leslie Starkey the New England account manager and Felice Arden ditto for the West Coast.

Jeff Ward says Cooking Light ad pages are up for the first quarter over last year by 15%.

Golf Digest moved its popular annual feature on the 100 greatest courses from November to the current, May, issue.

Kate White, editor of Redbook, has a new book out from Warner Books this week, "Why Good Girls Don't Get Ahead .*.*. But Gutsy Girls Do."

Conde Nast Traveler's first half was its best ever for ad pages, up 15% over the period a year ago at 589 pages.

Wednesday of this week I'll be the Cleveland Ad Club's luncheon speaker. Out there. They declined to travel to Manhattan or change the venue to Le Cirque.

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