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House & Garden's fourth annual "luxury marketing" breakfast Sept. 9 has a theme you've gotta love: "lifestyles of the rich & complicated." Publisher Brenda Saget informs me the September House & Garden "luxury" issue "is the biggest ever published in its history," with 209 ad pages. YTD, the Conde Nast Publications' magazine is up 10% over '99.

Peter Seligman, the 30-year-old N.Y. PR guy killed in a freak subway fall, worked for Dan Klores, repped Leno, Conan O'Brien, Tyson and was a class act. Thanks for much, Pete.

Beverly (Bubbles) Sills is the guest Sept. 19 at the 21 Club's "millennium series breakfast."

Spin named Regan Solmo (formerly at Request) its managing editor.

In Detroit the new account manager for National Geographic is Karen Sarris.

Mort Zuckerman's Daily News in N.Y. trying a PM edition. Freebie to start. We'll watch.

Vibe going monthly and upping its rate base in January from 725,000 to 800,000, reports John Rollins.

Just before the phone company strike ended, a 26-year-old Long Island striker and his girlfriend cut through the wrong wire. Oops! They hadn't sabotaged Verizon but a high tension electric cable. They'll recover.

Publisher Sam Francis of Hero tells me his mag "just published the first gay men's wedding guide."

Hearst Group of mags has a new group ad director, Nina Rosenblatt-Sventitski.

Speaking of Hearst, the surprise (good field, good hit) of annual East Hampton writers/artists softball game? Second baseman David Hershey of Esquire.

YM, the Gruner & Jahr USA Publishing teen book, promoted Yolande Casey to beauty director.

Award-winning art director Paul Carstensen now at Garden Design.

For decades WCBS-AM, the network's flagship all-news radio station in N.Y., has been promoting itself on-air and in ads as "Radio 88." Suddenly, it's "Radio 880." I believe they're still grappling with "Chopper 88." Does that get re-christened as well? God forbid they should hire another good reporter and leave the damn ID as is.

New art director for Parade is Natalie Pryor, reporting to creative chief Ira Yoffe.

Bon Appetit salutes such immortal foodies as Julia Child, Wolfgang Puck and Alice Waters Sept. 11 at an awards ceremony and blacktie dinner at Daniel in Manhattan.

Onward & upward with Publisher Dawn Drew, just promoted to VP of National Geographic Traveler. Under her direction the book's had three consecutive record ad page years.

That grand old daily, The Hartford (Conn.) Courant has a new CEO, prez & publisher, Jack W. Davis Jr.

Next week in El Lay (Blair Sabol's line) & N.Y. they launch a new one, Total Movie Magazine.

Hurricane season's on us. The Weather Channel's gleefully out of its mind.

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