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Good. We got those two dopes released by Iraq. The next American who arranges to get himself taken hostage after getting through border checkpoints on both the Kuwaiti and the Iraqi sides of the border and creates all this tension and concern ought to be left there.

Cathy Viscardi Johnston reports that the September issue of Mademoiselle will be their biggest issue in two years with 143 pages of ads.

Longtime Hearst Magazines PR whiz Charlotte Kelly Veal is now plying her craft at Lang Communications. A dozen or so publicity pros who got their start in Charlotte's web gathered to toast her at the Essex House in NY the other evening.

TV Guide may have lost its editor, Anthea Disney (off doing esoteric high tech chores for Rupert Murdoch's empire), but Publisher Mary Berner reports re first-half results that the magazine topped $200 million in ad revenue (first time this has ever been done in a half year, according to her), selling just over $209 million in space, and that's up almost 12% from the same period a year ago.

Cover story for the summer issue of Bartender magazine: 101 vodka cocktails. I'll drink to that.

Is the TV log of The New York Times succumbing to feminist pressures? Their brief description of the old Myrna Loy-Tyrone Power epic, "The Rains Came," notes the flick is "based on a novel by Lois Bromfield."

Amy Churgin says ad pages at New York magazine during June were 26% ahead of the month a year ago, 238 pages vs. 188 last year.

Lunching at Michael's restaurant in Manhattan, Michael Kramer, political maven for Time magazine, and Ed Kosner, the Esquire editor in chief, old colleagues from the New York magazine days.

Gosh, sales of Michael Jackson's new album are disappointing? I'm stunned, after all the pub.

Household incomes for readers of Scouting magazine now average $53,000, says national sales director Chuck Carroll at 271 Madison Ave.

After one year at the helm as publisher of Playboy, Richard Kinsler says ad pages in their first ever "fall preview" issue were up 40% in ad pages and 63% ahead in revenues when compared to the issue of September a year ago, which wasn't packaged as a "fall preview" number.

The New York Palace Hotel named as its director of public relations Anita Cotter, who had been with the Ritz-Carlton group in NY.

Wenner Media has a new director of broadcast projects, Jocelyn Greenky, who had been senior marketing manager.

Can anyone explain to me why a decent, pleasant, wealthy retired couple like George and Barbara Bush will be in Japan in September as guests of the moonies and appearing and speaking at a conference sponsored by the cult?

Got to love the ditsy blond airhead at the cocktail party in the commercials for Roger Ailes' CNBC.

Red Sky Films in San Francisco (they're at 50 Green St.) hired Sandra Riley to rep their commercial directors on the West Coast. She previously established Free Lunch, a rep firm for production resources and talents in the Bay area.

Up in Trumbull, Conn., they promoted Tim Murphy from senior editor to editor of Golf Shop Operations, a mag in The New York Times group.

Speaking of the sporting life, I think we all rejoice at the return to big tennis of the great (and sorely abused) Monica Seles. Now if only Monica will stop grunting at every shot and do something about that constantly slipping shoulder strap, the U.S. Open will be bliss.

John Dawson takes over as new media publisher for Hachette Filipacchi. He'd been VP-ad director of Cycle World, the big motorcycling book.

React, the youth spinoff from Parade magazine, hired as its NY manager Stephanie Krobot, who'd held a similar post for Seventeen for five years. Ad VP to whom she reports is Bunny Fensterheim.

The Fashion Group is out to raise $380,000 in start-up funds in connection with the fashion archives it's donating to the New York Public Library. Lenore Benson is director of the archival project and can be reached at Fashion Group, 597 Fifth Ave., NY 10017.

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