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Wow! That's some cover story on Martha Stewart by Jeanie Kasindorf in the June issue of Working Woman magazine. Among the juicier items, quoting Martha about herself, "From day one, Allen [Grubman, the lawyer] knew what I was .... a star." And from an unidentified (good thing!) Time Inc. executive, this quote: ".... how funny it is to see the largest communications company in the world being dragged around by the nose by a former caterer."

Longtime Ogilvy & Mather biggie John Blaney tells me there's a big lit'ry evening on tap June 1 at the 92nd Street "Y" in Manhattan to benefit the East Harlem Tutorial Program, with readings and entertainment from Bud Trillin, Anna Quindlen, Wynston Marsalis and George Plimpton.

Mickey Gomberg died in Stockbridge, Mass. She'd been married for 49 years to Abbott Gomberg, the artist and formerly a top sales promotion exec and a leading art director for various Macy divisions and for Federated Department Stores. Mickey was the mother of two children, a writer, an actress and a great beauty.

GQ hired a new staff writer, Andrew Corsello, who'd been with Philadelphia magazine. The New York Times just did an upbeat piece on the mag and its recent awards.

Top writer Robert Sam Anson is an intriguing choice as the new editor of Los Angeles magazine, not having to my knowledge ever in his long and distinguished writing career, edited a magazine.

New publisher of Health magazine Amy P. Wilkins informs me the magazine was up 26% in ad pages for the first half of '95 over '94. She recently succeeded Bill Kupper, who moved to Business Week.

A 5-year-old French home furnishings and design mag called Cote Sud (for South Side) is now testing an English version on U.S. newsstands. Noelle Bittner is the American editor and the launch party for the English version was at Bergdorf Goodman in Manhattan.

Yachting mag wasted no time hiring Dennis Conner's America's Cup tactician, Tom Whidden, to write their "sails" column starting in August.

Solid Ed Klein piece in the May Vanity Fair on Mickey P. Schulhof, who runs Sony USA.

Another inspirational moment in America: University of North Carolina basketball star Rasheed Wallace is dropping out of school early to turn pro. But he announced "it's not for the money."

Premiere magazine has a thriving little sideline, selling (with a publishing partner) scripts of popular movies. They say they've sold 170,000 scripts already (at $19.95 a pop) and can't keep up with demand.

Love the new Western Union commercials, especially the one where the backpacker casually tosses her rucksack into the Venetian gondola.

Whatever happened to Allie Sherman, one-time coach of the NFL football Giants? These days Allie's running New York's Off Track Betting, which the political hacks had run into the ground, and he's got OTB back in the black.

Did you catch the Bayer aspirin commercial for the hard of hearing? Terrific.

Tatler, the sprightly British mag Tina Brown once edited, sends along a handsome issue labeled "Brilliant US Special." Does this mean, "the British are coming!" yet again? Cindy Crawford's on the cover.

The Zagat Survey named the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co. the nation's "top hotel chain."

Chanel has a new field sales manager for the region centered on Dallas, Kay Crenshaw, who'd been with Estee Lauder the past 11 years.

Touching V-E Day sidebar in The New York Times about the relatively unpublicized sinking of a U.S. troopship in the English Channel by a U-Boat with the loss of 802 American infantrymen. But Dennis Hevisi is just plain wrong when he writes this amounted to "more than a third of a division." An army division is about 15,000 men.

Mike Perlis says over at GQ magazine the first half closed up 7% in ad pages over 1994, the monthly's best showing in three years.

POZ magazine in New York hired Paul Lee as an advertising rep.

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