I interviewed Christopher Reeve twice, most recently for Parade at his Pound Ridge home where he assured me from that motorized wheel-chaired contraption on which he half lay-half sat, that he would walk again. Now, of course, he never will. I first spoke with him years ago in a live interview for Channel 2 News in the old CBS barn of a building on West 57th, where they do some of the soaps, and I will never forget how stagehands and camera guys swarmed onto the set beforehand to yarn about the old days with former soap actor Reeve, one of their old pals who'd made it big. Chris knew every one of the guys by first name, remembered every face, and traded reminiscences, story for story. This was then, and always would remain, a real pro and a grand gent, now in a better place.
Child parcels out its annual awards Nov. 10 at the Harmonie Club in NYC. Calvin Trillin, Ken Burns, and Rosanne Cash are presenters, and best-selling author Judy Blume one of the honorees.
Tonight Elle Decor salutes international design at Christie's Gallery 1 in Rockefeller Center. Presiding are Publisher Tracy Gavant and Editor Margaret Russell.
Rodale just sent me a copy of their brand new mag, Women's Health; editor is Kristina M. Johnson, with the very healthy looking Holly Beck on the cover.
A rare treat for New York theatergoers. The Abbey Theatre is in from Dublin with its staging of the J.M. Synge classic, "The Playboy of the Western World," Oct. 26-31 at NYU's Skirball Center. When "Playboy" opened in 1907 Dublin, the mob stormed the stage and both playwright and actors were threatened.
Effective with the November issue, "there's been some changes made" at More magazine, new logo, new fonts, new sections. Editor Peggy Northrop thinks they'll be delivering "a more refreshing rendition of the popular monthly targeting women in their 40s." Launched five years ago by Myrna Blyth with a circ of 320,000, it now sells more than a million copies and ad pages year to date are up 12% on top of last year's 33% increase.
Catholic Digest has a new end-of-book columnist, Susan Konig. She writes weekly for National Review Online, was a New York Post columnist, and St. Martin's Press will publish her first book next Mother's Day. Oh, yeah, she's the mom of my three grandchildren.