Brady's Bunch

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How do Donald and Leonard do it? That's Don Graham and Len Downie Jr., publisher and executive editor of the Washington Post. I've just spent a couple of days in D.C. and marvel they can sell such a good daily paper on newsstands at an absurd 25 cents, one-quarter of a dollar. The Wall Street Journal doesn't, The New York Times doesn't. Do the boys have a secret? I dunno, but I like it.

A first-ever hole in one for Ed Erhardt, former Advertising Age publisher now calling the business-side shots for both ABC Sports and ESPN and its various components. The great event occurred on his home course, Whippoorwill, the 215-yard 8th hole, brilliantly struck with a three-wood.

Spin has a new PR director, Adrienne D'Amato. Any relation to Al?

Big doings at Sports Illustrated. The new publisher is Fabio Freyre, the new exec VP is Cleary Simpson, and Shaun Gurl is the new VP for consumer marketing. Mike Klingensmith, SI president, made all announcements.

At Parade, Joan Sheridan is now senior VP-sales & marketing. She's been in top jobs at Weider Publications and will report to Jack Griffin.

Publisher Eva Dillon at Fairchild Publications reports Jane is again raising the rate base, and ahead of time. They were supposed to go up next January from half a mil to 600,000 but will now execute with the September issue.

Elegant doings in Manhattan last week when the great Italian couturier Valentino dropped in to celebrate his latest big fashion award, for lifetime achievement, from the Council of Fashion Designers, a Yank outfit that occasionally salutes our foreign entanglements. Valentino lives rather well, the usual palazzo, a nifty getaway on Capri, a Manhattan flat, like that. Streisand's among his loyal fans.

At Time Inc., Fortune Group promoted Jack Haire to VP-GM. Separately, Fortune is adding executive health and economics columns to its editorial lineup.

Redbook promoted Susan Landau to ad director and Ann Taylor to manager. Primedia Consumer mags promoted Norma Blatto to VP-marketing & brand development and Steven Aster to the new post of exec VP for consumer marketing.

Lara Hedberg says her Dwell, a new shelter book, will launch with a September/October issue.

Golf Digest issued its top 50 golfers ever: Nicklaus, Hogan, Snead, Bobby Jones, Nelson, Palmer, Hagen head the list. Jones at four? Mmmmm.

New photo editor at Travel & Leisure is Heidi Posner.

Now it's Texas Monthly that's set up a national custom publishing division.

The managing editor of George from now on is Tom Nawrocki from Worth.

The Korean War began 50 years ago this coming Sunday, June 25. "Bless 'em all, bless 'em all, we'll be home for Christmas, the kids never missed us, so cheer up my lads, bless 'em all."

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