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And a ghoulish Halloween to you as well!

A dozen years ago NYC plainclothes officer Ray Gilmore left the force for a riskier career, running restaurants. Since then he's operated Roeblings at the South Street Seaport and participated in Tribeca of Beverly Hills. Now he's got a nifty new place in the Daily News Building on Second Ave. in Manhattan called "Cibo" (Italian for food, or something). Ray's wife Kathryn's a VP at Ted Bates.

If you're a TV buff, there's a must-buy, the brand new 6th edition of "The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network & Cable TV Shows," by Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh. It's 23 bucks from Ballantine Books.

Lunching together, at the Four Seasons in Manhattan, fashion's most powerful critic, John Fairchild, with one of fashion's most powerful creators, Ralph Lauren. And at the corner table usually occupied by Si Newhouse (who runs a magazine or two).

Meanwhile, Mr. Fairchild's glossy W reports the return of the plunging neckline. Wasn't aware it had been away.

Out there on the sunset slope, Sunset magazine named Tony Glaves VP-publisher, succeeding the just-promoted Stephen Sea-bolt. Glaves, who'd been associate publisher and before that was with other Time Inc. mags, is a hot property.

Nothing Victorian about Victoria magazine's circulation, up 5% during this year's first half, to 947,969. Publisher Cindy Sperling gives the credit to Editor Nancy Lindemeyer. On Nov. 8 at the Metropolitan Club in NY Nancy introduces the mag's 1996 "writer in residence," Judith Thurman.

Ad sales jobs in Detroit are always a big deal with all that lovely auto money. Which is why major mags pick & choose with some care when filling the Detroit job. For Good Housekeeping, the new guy is Gary C. Martin, who joins from D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles in Bloomfield Hills, where he'd been senior VP-group media director on the Pontiac business.

TriStar optioned movie rights to Michael Korda's delightful piece in a recent New Yorker about the late Jackie Susann. Kor-da dealt with her and her books as a young Simon & Schuster editor. The TriStar PR release on all this, I might note, misspells Jackie's last name as "Suzanne." Which will surely outrage editor Korda.

The Millenium Hilton in lower Manhattan named Lisa Maggiore its director of sales.

Worth magazine Publisher Randy Jones and his wife Connie hosted a cocktail for actress Yvette Mimieux at their Manhattan flat to help Yvette publicize her new yoga video. Candy Spelling, Ed Kosner, Julie Baumgold, Joe Armstrong and lots more dropped by.

Publisher John Rollins says his Vibe magazine is growing so fast that a rate base increase to 350,000 announced on Sept. 4 is already outdated and they'll go to 400,000 sometime during next year's first half.

Dick Barthelmes out as publisher of Travel & Leisure? A shocker. And they're off only four pages for the year to date. Good hunting to Ed Kelly, who succeeds Barthelmes at the helm.

Seventeen ends the year with ad dollars up more than 7% over 1994 and Janice Grossman reports they'll up the rate base in January to a cool 2 million.

New marketing director for Better Homes & Gardens is Katy Barr.

Disney Adventures magazine plucked its new publisher, Peter Medwid, from N.Y. sales manager for Parade.

Linda Rice, who handles editorial rights & permissions and other stuff at Conde Nast, must be doing a good job. They just promoted her to VP.

"A Woman's Book of Days Diary & Birthday Book" by Beverly Wettenstein salutes lots of women in the marketing and ad biz, including Cathleen Black, Linda Wachner, Estee Lauder, Ann Moore of People, Donna Karan and like that. The book party's Nov. 16 at Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Ave.

Burda, the Munich-based publisher, launched Focus magazine in January of '93 and will be celebrating everything that's happened since then on Nov. 6 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY. Editor Helmut Markwort will be playing host. Focus' circulation is now 700,000 a week and they claim to top Der Spiegel in ad revenues.

Let me get this straight. Our Federal Reserve has billions of dollars available to bail out Japanese banks in financial difficulties?

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