Longtime Conde Nast Publications biggie John Brunelle sends along the premiere issue of Taste, a slick lifestyle mag custom-published for Williams-Sonoma by Weldon Owen Magazines in San Francisco. Publisher is John Owen, Editor Andy Harris and Brunelle's been consulting with them for two years getting this baby ready.
Surprisingly hot photo Christmas book is Mort Hamburg's "Couples," published by Andrews McNeel, pix by Hamburg (A.K.A. "Skip") and words by Catherine Whitney. "Today Show" gave them a segment.
Walter Anderson making changes at Parade. He named Jack Griffin president, succeeding John Beni, who becomes vice-chair. Griffin, 40, joined the Sunday mag 18 months ago from Meredith Corp.
Don Logan of Time Inc. and Stephen Shepard of Business Week will be saluted Jan. 31 at the Waldorf in New York as the year's Henry Johnson Fisher Award honorees. For years the Magazine Publishers of America singled out one top magazine winner, then in '95 went to a two-star format. Stout chaps, both.
YM Publisher Laura McEwen writes re a recent column, "So funny that CosmoGirl and all our competitors are so focused on YM."
Speaking of CosmoGirl, it's onward and upward. Wendy Nanus is the new associate publisher and Hilary Wittmann marketing director.
Curt Schlier, a contract editor recently for MIN, has a new book coming out from McGraw-Hill, "How to Think Like the World's Greatest Masters of M&A." That's "mergers & acquisitions," I take it.
Entertainment Weekly has a new general editor. He's John McAlley, who'd been senior music editor and will now oversee music and stage sections.
Skiing Co., a division of Times Mirror Mags, just published its first coffee-table book, "Vail: Triumph of a Dream," gorgeously all about the famed ski resort founded by Peter Seibert, a wartime veteran of the Tenth Mountain Division.
Thank God for the Good Housekeeping Institute. It's just discovered that five different cell phone radiation shields don't protect you. That may explain the eerie glow emitted by my seatmate on the Hamptons jitney last week.