Alain Bernardin died, shot to death in his office in Paris, aged 78. Bernardin created the Crazy Horse Saloon, where beautiful women sport about in minimal costumes.
Due to George Burns' illness, Marvin Shanken canceled tomorrow's "Big Smoke Luncheon" at the Plaza in New York, due to have been a salute to George. Instead, Cigar Aficionado will do lunch Dec. 6, featuring Jackie Mason.
And a salute to Rebecca McPheters, who became CEO of Simmons Market Research Bureau last Tuesday.
Like the new Olds commercial for Aurora where the woman at the gallery drives off on the oil painting.
Nice startup for the new Ziff-Davis offering, Computer Life, a consumer mag. The premiere issue (October) ran 100 ad pages, the November issue will have 133.
Business Week named Harold J. Berry its VP-managing director for Asia. He'll open a new regional office in Singapore but be responsible for the entire continent. Which is as large as...well, Asia.
Michael Elgan is new exec editor and Eileen McCooey managing editor for Windows, a monthly from CMP Publications in Manhasset, N.Y.
Chemical Bank hands out its annual awards for distinguished art criticism in newspapers Oct. 17 at its HQ on Park Ave. in N.Y. Punch Sulzberger of The New York Times will be given the lifetime achievement award.
TV Guide's Fall Preview issue set two records, most ad dollars and biggest editorial section ever. The ad revenue topped $16.2 million.
National Review magazine is running a new ad campaign using billboards at all major stations of N.Y. commuter lines. The ads are the ones showing a dog with the mag in his mouth.
Parade promoted Heather Faust to VP. She's Midwest ad manager and joined the weekly as a sales rep just four years ago.
National Geographic Traveler just won for the third consecutive year the Magazine Week/Folio Excellence Award for consumer books. Circulation for the 10-year-old bi-monthly is now over 768,000 and they've just named J. Scott Crystal ad director (also for National Geographic itself).
Scientific American hired Tim Whiting to sell pharmaceutical advertising.
WCBS-TV sportscaster Tom Varrato opened his report on a Jets game with a shot of Marvin Jones in civvies on sideline, injured and unable to play. Very next bit of tape shows a Jet making a great interception. Tom says it's Marvin Jones, who's still in civvies, still on sideline. He meant Mo Lewis.
GCI Group, the PR unit of Grey Advertising, hailed "most improved agency" in Inside PR's annual "report card." They credit Jack Bergen for "turning around a bureaucratic nightmare."
Guess we're all broken up to see Buddy Ryan losing all those games in Arizona.
Sunset has a new art director, Brad Zucroff, who'd been at National Geographic Traveler.
Actor Jim Sloyan, "the voice of Lexus" in the commercials, will star in "Legend," a film about golfer Ben Hogan. I guess Hollywood is holding off for a while on "The John Daly Story."
Good Housekeeping has a new fashion director, Anne Johnston.
Harper's named as its Detroit rep firm Albaum, Maiorana Associates.
Father Aristide gives me the pip.
From the Wallowa County (Oregon) Chieftain: "Thanks to Joe Stangel for spearheading the automatic pig-watering project at the Fairgrounds...our pigs were never without water at the fair! (signed) Members of the Eagle Cap Livestock Club."
Mary Kennedy's the new ad director for Hearst special pubs.
Abe S. Rosen, chairman of the Rosen-Coren Agency, a PR shop in Huntington Valley, Pa., was elected president of the Alzheimer's Association of Philadelphia.
Working Mother mag named the 100 best companies for mothers to work for. Among media outfits on the list: Conde Nast, Dow Jones, Gannett, Miami Herald, HBO, Seattle Times, St. Petersburg Times.
New course this fall at Marymount Manhattan College, "How to get published in the '90s," by Patricia B. Soliman.