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Beth Fuchs Brenner responds to my "What's going on at Self?" with this. The magazine is up 10% in ad pages through the third quarter and this was the third consecutive year of ad growth. Plus, "Alexandra Penney is, as you know, charged up and here to stay." So there.

The National Geographic Society promoted J. Scott Crystal to ad director.

American Photo through the July/August issue is 5% ahead on ad pages over a year ago and carrying as new business in '94 Apple Computer, Bacardi, GMC Truck, Johnny Walker, VW and other "lifestyle" advertisers.

Donna Galotti reports substantial gains at Ladies' Home Journal where September closed up 40 pages over the month a year ago and October up 25 pages.

The Sporting News promoted Skip Gilbert to national sales manager, a new post.

Almost brand-new Family Life (launched by Wenner in `93) was cited by the Educational Press Association for its piece, "The Left Out Child," by Melissa Fay Greene.

Len Saffir, as managing principal, and associates set up PR/E, a new marketing communications and planning and PR firm in Boca Raton, Fla. He'd been most recently at Porter/Novelli.

Great fit? Is Hearst mulling a big offer to former Simon & Schuster boss Dick Snyder to run all its book operations?

Warren Cowan set up Warren Cowan Associates in Beverly Hills. Does this mean he's left, after all these years, Rogers & Cowan?

Intimations of mortality: Olympic great Wilma Rudolph, 54, is suffering from what Phil Mushnick of the New York Post reports is an inoperable brain tumor.

Paul Raymond, who owns strip clubs and lots of property in Soho, is now said to be the richest man in Britain, with over $2.5 billion. When I lived in London he was a popular hairdresser, nicknamed "Mister Teasy-Weasy."

Good to see Ellen Stern back at New York magazine doing pieces (she long ago wrote Best Bets). But, oh, of all the mags in the world to identify a photo of Eliot Fremont-Smith as (New York founder) Clay Felker...

Didn't you just know that kid who got caned in Singapore was going to be trouble?

Nice work by ABC's Jeff Greenfield in his syndicated column on the hypocrisy of interrogators during the Whitewater hearings: Sen. Riegle, one of the Keating Five; Sen. Gramm, who got a vacation home built cheap; Sen. Moseley-Braun, who helped hide her mom's assets so she could get public dough; Sen. Packwood (and we know about him!); and Sen. D'Amato, "a one-man walking ethics investigation."

With all this Forrest Gump talk, who remembers "Andy Gump" and why he had no chin?

Elyse Zorn Karlin, former senior VP at Saatchi Direct, has a new book out from Avon, "Sons; A Mother's Manual," all about raising little boys, right up through puberty and all that tricky stuff.

Harper's Bazaar is again sponsoring the Hampton Classic Horse Show that will be on next week in Bridgehampton. And Publisher Carl Portale says the September issue is the biggest in pages in Bazaar's 127 years.

The great Roger Black's been tapped to redesign The Baltimore Sun.

Esquire promoted Scot Bondlow to eastern ad manager.

Newsstand sales booming at Town & Country, says Pamela Fiori. She credits the crisp, clean covers. And Jerry Kaplan reports newsstand sales are up 20% for Better Homes & Gardens.

Former Parade magazine ad sales whiz Jeannine Salveson joined Valassis Inserts as account manager in their northeast division.

Art director? Graphic artist? The two come together Nov. 1, 5 p.m. at the Art Directors Club, 250 Park Ave. South at the fourth annual Illustration Marketplace. Good opportunity for folks to show their work.

To raise bucks for Gilda's Club, which memorializes the late Gilda Radner and provides terrific support to those with cancer and their families, Anna Quindlen of The New York Times will be signing copies of her book Sept. 22 in the Time & Life Building in Manhattan. Gilda's husband Gene Wilder and Ann Moore of People host.

Off to Guatemala this week to do a two-day pro bono seminar on food marketing, just retired Campbell Soup ad & marketing honcho Paul Mulcahy and former VP at both Coke and Campbell, Tony Adams. The AID program called "Sustain" set it up.

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