Brady's Bunch

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From the front page of The New York Times my favorite quote, so far, from the Afghan front: " `We don't train when it's raining,' " said Asrullah Wakil. Commander Wakil, I remind you, is one of our gallant allies.

Gourmet Publisher Gina Sanders and the magazine's pals celebrated Thanksgiving early with a dinner at her own home featuring the cuisine of The Four Seasons restaurant and guests Julian Niccolini and Alex von Bidder, the owners. Gina tells me the magazine's 60th anniversary bash was rescheduled for Dec. 10 at the Whitney Museum.

From Palm Beach Margaret Harold Roberts informs me one of my fave mags, Bonkers, has been bought by Dog World, the canine monthly around since 1916.

Maverick, the ad & PR shop in Fort Worth, hired Bill Johnson as creative director. He had his own shop.

Mark Gleason says Book, the hot three-year old bi-monthly mag with a rate base of 525,000, will publish 10 times next year. Ad pages this year rose 6.9%. Oh, yes, and they publish fiction as part of the package.

Exiting Smith & Wollensky's en route to a Series game at the Stadium, Jim Schiekofer, Reader's Digest Association's group publisher of Family Handyman and American Woodworker, paused to tell me, "The Family Handyman group is up 3% in revenue for fiscal first half. Go, Yankees!" There'll always be an ad man.

Clarkson Potter celebrated Chris Madden with a book party at Tao in Manhattan for her latest, "Bedrooms." Chris has now done a best-seller about every room in the house but the crawlspace.

Kristine Welker, publisher of CosmoGirl, says their new promotion called, "Kiss America," is all about "mobilizing young women to show their support for the country."

Classy book by a classy guy: "Inside The Plaza" by Ward Morehouse III, who actually lived with his family in the hotel as a child. Morehouse, who writes for the N.Y. Post, wrote an earlier best seller about the Waldorf. Applause Books publishes the new one.

Rob Gregory of Rolling Stone informs me that Chrysler Group will promote its Challenger line with fond reminiscences of "peace signs, muscle cars and old Rolling Stone covers featuring their new spokesband, Aerosmith." Spokesband? That's a new one on me.

I've started receiving releases, party invites, etc. in postcard form. Have you?

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