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The relocated La Cote Basque, long one of Manhattan's finest French restaurants, has now reopened for business at 60 W. 55th St. and it is splendid. Elle magazine Group Publisher Carl Portale and I marveled over lunch how they've translated the look and the ambience of the old location (two blocks east) to the new stand. The bar, the banquettes, even the revolving door, and of course those delightful murals, have made the trip unscathed. So, too, most of the waiters. Hey, the cuisine isn't too shabby, either.

Business Week's new direct marketing manager-renewals and collections is Mary Pizzarelli, who'd been with Rupert Murdoch's News America as director of new business.

A must read for citizens of the state? New Jersey monthly's January issue will report on "the highs and lows.... best and worst" of 1995.

Joe McNutt of Art Revue quarterly in Loveland, Colo., tells me he's got a new West Coast editor, Joan Quinn. She was formerly with the L.A. Herald Examiner and Interview.

Mad Dog Books, Lancaster, Pa., has achieved something or other with publication of "The Dog Who Knew Too Much!" the O.J. trial seen from a canine perspective. Bob Reehling and Dave Stirba did the words and art.

Jim Spanfeller says year to date (through October) ad pages for Inc. magazine are 186 pages ahead of the 1994 period, or about 20% better.

Longtime Campbell Soup ad topper now retired, Paul Mulcahy, and associate Tony Adams, are back from a two-day seminar in Russia (the city of Tver) where they spoke to food industry managers about marketing in a new free-market economy. Last year the pair did a similar seminar in Guatemala.

A second, eight-city tour of a Frank Lloyd Wright exhibition, sponsored by Hearst's House Beautiful and Chrysler Corp., debuted in Rochester, Mich., this month and will visit, among other towns, Detroit, Dallas, Minneapolis, St. Louis and Miami.

Dan's Papers columnist Joan Jedell has a showing of her celeb photos at East Hampton's Vered Gallery. Promotional material throughout spells photo subject (and East Hamptonite) Ben Bradlee as "Bradley."

David Pecker of Hachette Filipacchi during the launch of George hosted a small dinner for editor JFK Jr. uptown at Rao's in East Harlem, a wonderful Italian restaurant of which Zagat says you might be seated "between the Godfather and the Governor." Kennedy arrived on his bike and left the same way, late in the Manhattan night, declining a lift.

Jay Leno got a raise and a new five-year contract. Well-deserved and about time.

Changes at Women's Sports + Fitness magazine. As John Cabell, formerly with Rodale, takes over as publishing director, former Publisher Jane McConnell will be working on growth areas for the mag.

Mary Ellen Morelli was promoted to New York manager of the Woman's Day Special Interest Publications, which puts out 22 titles a year with combined circulation of 21 million.

Cheers to Anne Krueger, who succeeds Steven Reddicliffe as editor in chief of Parenting. Steve, as you know, now runs TV Guide.

Ave atque vale, Robin MacNeil, who gave us so many substantial television evenings.

Vogue launches an edition in South Korea next August.

Robin Wolaner, who created Parenting and sold it to Time Inc. and then ran Sunset Publishing for them, is already working on new start-up ideas, and after Dec. 31 says Robin, "it'll be like the days I worked off my kitchen counter to launch Parenting." Except that, "the view is much better now."

The first November issue of Good Housekeeping edited by Ellen Levine is up 26 ad pages or 17% over the issue a year ago.

Golfweek named Dallas-based Jeff Rude a senior editor.

At Request, the music monthly, Susan Hamre is the new editor. They say this is a first for a major music mag, a woman running the show.

Fascinating idea floated by Al Michaels over ESPN: name former Cap Cities/ABC topper Dan Burke, a certified baseball nut, the new commissioner.

A month after California's Pete Wilson pulled out of the race, anti-smoking radio commercials were still warning he was a creature of the tobacco lobby and would make a dangerous President.

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