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Much jollity the other evening at Remi's restaurant on West 53rd in Manhattan where the publisher of Fortune, Stuart Arnold, rapped a knife against a glass, and introduced Geoffrey A. Dodge of Fortune as Money's new publisher.

The Time Inc. spinoff from People of In Style magazine, which went monthly at midyear, is exceeding targets. It skews heavily female and packages a nice mix of fashion, beauty, personalities and anything-but-hard-edged gossip. Martha Nelson's the editor and Ann Jackson publisher.

In a letter to the ed. of the Book Review of The New York Times, Theda O. Henle of Arlington, Va., reports that in 1940 a shorthand school's "assignment every evening was to take down Winchell's radio talks to all the ships at sea. When we could do this successfully, we could hold down a job anywhere." Nice story, Ms. Henle. But wasn't Winchell's radio show weekly, on Sunday night?

International Business Magazine has a new publisher, Alfred J. D'Alessandro.

Town & Country under Molly Schaefer and Pam Fiori ends the year up 70 ad pages over 1993, about 11%.

Stan Platkin of Gulfstream in Hallandale, Fla., kindly points out that Stanford University is actually north of Moffett Field by about 10 miles. I put it south in a recent column.

Kim E. Huey joined Mademoiselle as health and beauty aids market manager.

New logo and size for Wenner Media's Family Life. Also, in Rolling Stone, do we really need another cover story on the angst of Courtney Love? Or is that my generation gap showing?

Random House informs me their CD-ROM version of the Unabridged Electronic Dictionary is now available for Windows with recorded pronunciations and graphics. The stand-alone CD-ROM is 79 bucks and the book/CD-ROM package a hundred.

WCBS-TV News in New York covered the big "smoke-in" of Marvin Shanken's Cigar Aficionado magazine and then ID'ed Mr. Shanken as "Shankar" in the graphic.

Can't accuse TNT cable of typecasting. Their "Wuthering Heights" remake features Irish rocker Sinead O'Connor in a cameo as Emily Bronte.

W, the Fairchild mag that resized and reshaped itself this year, ended 1994 up 12% in ad pages over '93 and circulation up an estimated 19%. Pas mal for John Fairchild.

Country Living's rate base goes up to 1.8 million in January.

US named Senior Editor Peter McQuaid its West Coast bureau chief.

Former TBWA Exec VP John Doman (he quit the ad business for acting three years ago) just wrapped a BBC film shot in New York called "Stonewall" in which he plays a cop. Doman's also in "Die Hard 3."

Scott Gibson was promoted to editor of Fine Woodworking.

Vanguard Communications, the PR firm, moved its New York office to 1120 Avenue of the Americas, 10036.

Promoted to the newly created job of beauty editor at Allure magazine is Martha McCully.

Hearst Magazines named Ann Friedrich to the new post of GM of special publications.

Richard J. Caprio is the new North American sales manager for AmericaEconomia, a business mag published in Chile and partly owned by Dow Jones. He's N.Y.-based.

For its contributions to breast cancer research, McCall's has been given the first-ever LPGA Komen Award.

Tut, tut. Writing of the old Algonquin Round Table (as this new film on Dorothy Parker came out) in the New York Post, Gretchen Viehmann identifies Peter ("Jaws") Benchley as Bob Benchley's son. Peter's the grandson.

For the Marine who has everything? A new coffee table book of paintings and drawings, "Marines & Others," by Col. Charles Waterhouse, who fought on Iwo Jima and later became artist-in-residence of the Corps. William Manchester calls Waterhouse's pictures of Marines in combat "masterpieces." The 280-page volume costs 80 bucks including shipping, etc. Contact the Colonel at 67 Dartmouth St., Edison, N.J. 08837.

Baby Talk mag christened Tally Sue Hohlfeld managing editor.

And Links promoted Alan J. Tracey to VP-eastern ad manager.

Today's the pub date for "My Life With Noel Coward" by Graham Payn, with Barry Day. Barry's an ad agency vet, longtime creative topper for Lintas and earlier, McCann-Erickson. Early reviews are splendid.

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