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Ran into Malachy McCourt lunching at Michael's on West 55th in Manhattan and congratulated him on his brother Frank's best seller. Graciously, he accepted the plaudits and then informed me he had a book of his own coming out next spring from Hyperion, the Disney house, with an advance, I'm told (though not by Mr. McCourt), of a cool million. If this keeps up, the brothers can retire the Irish debt and help out the Holy Name Society with the leftovers.

The new edit team for Country Home hosts a little party Wednesday evening at Tuscan Square, the new restaurant at Rockefeller Center. Editor Carol Sheehan, Creative Director Mary Emmerling and Exec Editor Jean Norman will all be on hand.

Tonight in Manhattan, the Museum of Television & Radio opens its third annual radio festival to run through Nov. 7. Committee includes such household names as Charles Osgood, Mel Karmazin, Dave Herman, Casey Kasem, Rush Limbaugh, Ed McLaughlin, Garrison Keillor, Rick Dees, John R. Gambling. Chairman is Frank Bennack of Hearst Corp.

Rolling Stone promoted Samantha Fennell to fashion retail director.

Carol Davis joined Careers & Colleges as VP-sales.

Nice note from Edward D. Willett, ad sales director for USA Today, pointing out his paper has had its own best-seller list for four years, running every Thursday and competing with that of the Times.

Belated clamor & applause for Greg Coleman, recently upped to worldwide publisher and senior VP by George Grune at Reader's Digest. They've got 48 international editions and according to Grune they'll be acquiring and developing more magazines.

Michael J. Kelly reports Tom Morrissy is the new eastern sales manager for Entertainment Weekly and says through August, pages were up 12% and revenues 26% ahead of the period a year ago.

Roger Kranz was named publisher of The Business Press, a weekly in Southern California's "Inland Empire." Roger had been with the Los Angeles Times and previously an influential Washington correspondent for print and broadcast.

Self's Editor Rochelle Udell spoke last week at the boardroom breakfast of Advertising Women of New York.

Ken Wallace reports in from Prevention, the Rodale mag, that they had a record revenue issue in October and then broke the record with November.

In Germany, Burda's Focus newsmagazine claims to have overtaken Der Spiegel. For evidence, contact Detlef Fox at Burda Media in Manhattan.

Most books about the Marine Corps (good or bad) are written by former Marines. Not so, the astonishing "Making the Corps," which Scribner will publish Nov. 10 (birthday of the Corps). Author is Tom Ricks, Pentagon correspondent of The Wall Street Journal. Ricks follows 63 recruits and their drill instructors through boot camp at Parris Island. And in the end you understand, at least in part, why

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