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Janice Grossman, group publisher of Seventeen, wins the Brass Bunch Award for the very first report sent out on 1996 ad pages in a magazine. Janice says their January issue is 21 pages ahead of the same issue a year ago with 55 pages scheduled to run this time.

Discover mag is opening a sales office in San Francisco to be womanned by Liz Horan.

Lauren Flynn joined The New York Times as western regional manager. She'd been with Dow Jones as circulation market manager in L.A.

Men's Journal hired a new account manager, Larry Brittan, who was with Hachette Filipacchi.

At halftime of Nebraska-Oklahoma the other Saturday, ABC ran a little retrospective on the history of the Big Eight (soon to be the Big Twelve) and included among its storied heroes, Kyle Rote. Kyle never played for a Big Eight team but for SMU in the Southwest Conference (in the same backfield with Doak Walker). Could it be "Tobin Rote" that ABC meant?

Newsweek has a new general editor for its Lifestyle section, Kendall Hamilton. He's been a writer and associate editor on the popular Newsmakers page.

Quite a 1995 sales year for Cooking Light. Publisher Jeff Ward scored a 29% increase in ad pages over the year before, 750 pages vs. 582. Revenues rose a solid 43% for the year.

Jesse Iverson reports ad pages and revenues are up at the Bauer Women's Group mags, First for Women, Woman's World Weekly, Soap Opera Update. For 1995, says Jesse, pages were 4% ahead of '94 for the three and revenues 8% ahead.

The National Association for Female Executives named Rebecca Darwin its president and CEO. At various times Becky's been publisher of The New Yorker, Mirabella and Woman magazines.

Michael Leeds of CMP Publishing, the big Manhasset, N.Y.-based high tech publishing outfit, says through October CMP had sales of $316 million, up $56 million or 21% over the same period a year earlier.

Cosmopolitan named a new fashion manager, Nancy Hall, and a new beauty ditto, Jolie Schaffzin.

Rush Limbaugh's on the Internet, as you probably know by now, and his folks send along a release informing me, "The Rush site has received more hits that any site...." And I'm not a bit surprised.

I loved Jim Gaines' cocky, witty announcement to his staff that he was stepping down as Time's managing editor in favor of Walter Isaacson. If you didn't read it, Jim said "the good news for Newsweek is etc. etc. etc..."

Sam Uretsky is leaving Ad Age where he's been director of marketing and communications to become director of product management for CompuServe and their new on-line cyberzine, Wow!

Linda Wells and Sandy Golinkin and those smart people sent me a cocktail invitation to an Allure party last Thursday evening honoring "fashion police" Carrie Donovan and Polly Mellen, two of the top editors in the biz. But on seeing the invitation photo they used of Polly, I'd urge her swiftly to consult eminent counsel and file suit.

J. Matt Hanna at Spin magazine says their circ rose 7.6% in 1995 and their ad pages were 26% ahead of the year before at 934 pages.

Leslie Milk, a staffer for The Washingtonian magazine since 1986, has been named lifestyle editor.

Time Out New York, the new weekly arts & entertainment listings weekly, was launched about 15 minutes ago and already they've got a "board of executive directors." Luce and Hadden didn't have such a board. Anyway, the board is Editor Cyndi Stivers, Publisher Vaughan Tebbe and financial guy Dan Reilly. Guys, enough already with the board. Sell the mag!

After Bill Gates lunched with the media elite of New York at the Four Seasons the other day, off he went to meet privately with all the top Newhouse-Conde Nast-Advance editors for a couple of hours. Oh, to have been the proverbial fly on the proverbial wall....

Jeffrey Timm joined Success magazine as account exec in New York, covering the Northeast.

You think just maybe Architectural Digest was a good buy? Tom Losee says this was their best ad page year since '91. They ran 1,210 ad pages in '95 compared to 1,090 a year earlier.

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