Brady's Bunch

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Latest hardcover from screenwriting great (and Oscar winner for "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and "All the President's Men") William Goldman is "The Big Picture," subtitled, "Who Killed Hollywood?" This guy really knows his stuff and writes like a dream. But shame on his publisher for lousy copy editing: Applause Books doesn't recognize the difference between its and it's, there and their -- and doesn't spell too good either.

Now I'm getting press releases from the Masons, via the Robert H. Tompkins PR & ad shop in Manhattan. My sainted Irish Catholic mother always suspected I'd end badly.

Former publisher of Civilization Quentin Walz tells me he's now publisher of Global Music Network whose website is into jazz and classical music. "I love print," says Walz, but he sees a fusion of online and print media "in the not too distant future."

NY PR topper Maury Rogoff signed Hachette Filipacchi's Premiere as her newest client.

HFM (Hachette Filipacchi Magazines) promoted Rocco P. Chiappetta and Michael McCarthy to senior directors-circulation.

Primedia, under new CEO Tom Rogers, continues to shake things up. Michael Jeffrey, 34, becomes VP-new media development.

Dan Brewster says they closed the year in style at American Express Publishing Corp. Best fourth quarter ever with their four main books running 1,286 ad pages, up 11 per cent over the quarter a year earlier.

Dexter Wimberly (love the name!) is the new style editor of Stuff. He continues to function as CEO of a NY PR and marketing company, August Bishop LLC. How they work that out I haven't the foggiest.

The great Marvin Shanken, who runs Cigar Aficionado and should know, rips into gloom & doomers who've been predicting an end to the cigar craze. It was a healthy shakeout, he told USA Today, and tells me their recent "big smoke weekend" in Vegas drew 4,200 puffers, up 40% over '98.

Prevention, the dandy little Rodale mag (14th biggest in the country!), had such a good year, they named publisher Stephen P. Giannetti a VP.

CFM Direct of Chicago named Ted Perkovich senior account director in the East Coast office at King of Prussia, Pa. -- which, last time I looked, was not on the coast.

New York PR guy Joe Goldstein was hired to promote the 10 ski resorts in the Valli di Susa e del Pinerolese near Turin. Don't pronounce it; just get there!

If you dig the place, especially in the '50s, get Peter Miller's book "The First Time I saw Paris," words and pictures, from Times Books (Random House).

Re turning over the Panama Canal: Is it only the right-wing nutcases who find it somehow unsettling Panama promptly hired the Chinese Commies to manage it?

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