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Smart move at David Lauren's soon-to-be-launched Swing magazine, getting Clay Felker as an editorial consultant.

June didn't precisely bust out all over for Joan Rivers, her cable TV shopping show canceled and her Broadway play closed. Oh, yeah, and she didn't win the Tony.

Tina Price is the new fashion manager for Conde Nast Traveler magazine.

Magazine & Bookseller reports Country Sampler of St. Charles, Ill., is the nation's most profitable bimonthly.

Cruising World mag had its all-time biggest first half in ad pages, up 21% over the first six months of `93. This year, 649 pages in the period; last year 541.

Eli Fritz of White Plains, N.Y., is highly irate over Garfield's high rating for the Royal Crown cola ad with people hung like dead fish and he's written the president of Royal Crown to say so.

Cosmo was up in the first half by 58 ad pages or 7% ahead of the '93 period, says Tony Hoyt proudly (and no one's hanging Tony by the heels, you can bet).

In case you missed it, that $100,000 grand prize for radio commercials went to LANY Music for FCB/San Francisco, for the ad for Levi's 501 jeans. The annual Radio-Mercury Awards were handed out during a black-tie dinner at the Waldorf in New York hosted by Gary Owens and featuring Phil Guarascio of GM, Ed Koch, Charlie Osgood, Wolfman Jack and me.

Channel 9, the New York-based "superstation," profiled Spin on air as "America's hottest magazine."

Carole Ference reports that through August, thanks to Editor Lou Gropp, "we're up 82 ad pages vs. '93" at House Beautiful magazine.

Don't invite Money and Worth magazines to the same Fourth of July barbecue. Robert T. Scherer of Money faxed a brisk letter to Worth's John Koten objecting to use of the "Americans and their money" phrase on grounds it has belonged since 1984 to Money. "Deliberate and willful infringement," thunders Scherer, with regard to Worth's use in a survey and on the ABC "20/20" show. Stay tuned.

The fashion group targets "the luxury market" July 12 at the Starlight Roof of the Waldorf in New York. Pam Fiori moderates a panel of Chanel's President Arie Kopelman, Karon Cullen of the Ritz-Carlton hotel group and Cartier CEO Simon J. Critchell. Town & Country underwrites the affair.

Through May TV Guide reports ad bucks up 15% over a year earlier and ad pages 9% ahead. They've also (post hoc or propter hoc, I'm not sure) just promoted Suzanne Grimes to national ad director.

Kathleen Brady (not a relative) says her bio of Lucille Ball will be out from Hyperion (Disney) in November and Ladies' Home Journal bought first serial rights for its standalone issue on women in TV.

Stereo Review (Hachette Filipacchi) mag's ad pages were up 25% through June over the first half a year ago while Car Stereo Review was up 31% in pages.

Robert D. Campbell of Pfizer's Food Science Group (he's in new-biz development) just published "Humor Is Life's Lubricant," a paperback collection of funny pieces, one of which first appeared in Ad Age. Peddler Production, San Clemente, Calif. 92674, Box No. 5663, is publisher.

Martha Stewart never rests. Nor does Martha Stewart Living. Latest spinoff, floral note cards, only available by ordering through the magazine, and featuring the peony. As does the June/July issue.

Michael Kaminer PR in New York hired Michael Green as an account exec.

New Hearst Magazines associate PR director is Cathy O'Brien.

Nifty John Leo profile in Vanity Fair.

Woman's Day special interest pubs hired a new account exec, Amy Monroe.

New marketing director for Outside, Chris Czmyrid, who'd been a VP at Leo Burnett.

Jim Spanfeller says Inc. magazine circulation is now 640,000 and it will go to an 18-time frequency in 1995.

Katherine Pearson of Southern Accents, the editorial director, is now also a VP.

And after 25 years with The New York Times Co., the great James W. Iverson, an aging Marine, was named publisher of American HomeStyle magazine.

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