By Published on .

Rolling Stone's current issue is a tribute to the late Jerry Garcia and they're shipping extra newsstand copies on grounds the Dead Heads will flock. Which they probably will. The guy was 53, overweight and a junkie, who kept insisting he was going to get straight, he loved his family so much. Now he's dead. Waste of talent. Waste of a life. Mourn the family, the friends, the fans and not Jerry, who kept on doing what he kept on doing.

Over at GQ they promoted three in the fashion dept. Bruce Pask is now associate fashion director and Margaret Mann and Maria Prorock join Lisa Cohen as senior fashion editors.

Ladies' Home Journal Editor Myrna Blyth was in that American delegation attending the U.N. Conference on Women in Beijing; you know, the one sensible folk ought to have stayed away from.

I'm told Helen Gurley Brown was holding out for a male publisher at Cosmo, the job Donna Galotti got.

Handling ad sales in the New York area for Rupert Murdoch's newest, the conservative mag edited by Bill Kristol, The Weekly Standard, is Jim McVey.

First-half results are in and in the hot bridal category Bride's reports it remains in first place in both total circulation and newsstand sales. Its total circ is now 383,000.

Wow! Good Housekeeping just closed its November issue up more than 20% in ad pages over the month a year earlier. Total ad revenue for this single issue exceeds $25 million. Meanwhile KidSoft Select, a line of CD-ROM software for kids, closed a deal with Alan Waxenberg of Good House in which the software will carry a consumer seal of approval from the magazine's Institute.

I see where MGM Television is launching a new series, "LAPD." L.A. Police Chief Willie Williams and other brass will be in NY tomorrow (Tuesday) for a Rainbow Room luncheon in Rock Center to hype the new series. Do you sort of suspect that with the O.J. trial fiasco climaxing, MGM's timing might be a trifle off?

All hail, Hubert de Givenchy! The great Paris fashion designer will be labeled "a top dog" at an Oct. 11 dinner-dance in Manhattan at the Pierre, a benefit for the Animal Medical Center. Babs Walters emcees the event, which also salutes Raymond V. Gilmartin of Merck and the ever-lovely Georgette Mosbacher. Philip Miller of Saks Fifth Avenue is the evening's fashion chairman.

I'm told the new Liz Smith deal with Rupert Murdoch's New York Post reflects well on just about everyone. The L.A. Times syndicate had to give its approval and did so. As a result, Liz continues to appear in Newsday and in other syndicate papers, plus the Post in New York City. Talk about having your cake....

Cute mailing piece from Worth magazine, a small leather memo book and pen. The opening page says, "Worth noting ....September '95 ad pages up 53% over last!" Once you tear that out and toss, you've got a perfectly fine little memo book.

A Diamond Jim Brady fan tells me a valuable Waterman Indian Scroll pen, said to be the only one in the world and at one time belonging to James Buchanan Brady, was auctioned off last week in London. I don't know the final bid but they were expecting as much as 15 grand. Which would just about have covered one of Diamond Jim's dinner parties at Delmonico's.

Family Life, an Hachette Filipacchi mag, closed the first half with a circulation increase of 115% over the period last year! Joan LaBarge says this represents a 61,000 copy bonus delivery.

Say it ain't so, Tina. This report Tina Brown will permit the appalling Roseanne to plan or theme at least part and maybe a whole issue of The New Yorker.

The new Kim Alexis-hosted TV show from Health magazine will be previewed this Wednesday at Sports Club/NY, invitation only. The show debuts Saturday.

Mario Cuomo is the luncheon speaker Oct. 3 as New York's Dutch Treat Club kicks off a new season. Harrison Salisbury traditionally made the season's first talk but now he has, alas, passed on.

Ed Kelly reports that under new editor Dana Cowin, newsstand circulation of Food & Wine is up 18% over a year ago. Total average paid circ is also up nearly 5%.

Dartnell, the Chicago-based business-training and info publisher, named Joseph A. Drago its new president.

Black Enterprise magazine has a new VP-circulation. He's Robert S. Acquaye.

Most Popular
In this article: