Brady's Bunch

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A personal note. Saturday of this week, Nov. 15, feast day of Albertus Magnus (the teacher of Thomas Aquinas), is my birthday. I will be 75 years old. When I was born, Coolidge was in the White House, the movies were silent, Hemingway was in his twenties, the Market hadn't yet crashed, Hitler was a mere nuisance, and you couldn't buy a legal drink. I've just sold my 16th book, Hollywood last month optioned yet another of my novels, and I intend to continue writing this column every Monday, as well as weekly pieces for Crain's New York Business and Parade. And, I must say, life so far has been swell.

Big month for Conde Nast Traveler European editor G.Y. Dryansky. Hyperion (the Miramax publisher) brings out "Fatima's Good Fortune," a delicious novel by Gerry and wife Joanne, all about a Tunisian ladies' maid in Paris, which is where the Dryanskys (New Yorkers) have lived more than 30 years. And a major French house is publishing Gerry's mammoth tome about Napoleon in Egypt, "Song of Farewell."

Rodale's big little powerhouse Prevention magazine unveils a new design with the January issue.

Nice choice by the Times of Dan Okrent as its first-ever ombudsman.

Brush up your Shakespeare. On Imus the other morning MSNBC talker Joe Scarborough cited the Bard in making a point. "In the first act everyone knew Hamlet was already dead." Uh-uh. That was Hamlet's daddy, the King who was haunting the parapets. Sonny was whacked in the final act.

Yachting magazine is changing its ad specs. Check them for details.

Tonight at the American Museum of Natural History Glamour salutes its "women of the year." Patti LaBelle sings.

Publisher Jill Seelig of O, The Oprah mag, tells me November was up 37% in ad pages over last year and is their biggest ever with 175 ad pages, even topping the launch issue. Newsstand is hot too, 35% ahead.

MaryAnn Bekkedahl says Men's Health closed this year up 11% at 972 ad pages. And that's on top of a 22% gain in 2002. Also, ad director Jack Essig is now associate publisher.

Thursday at the Park Ave Armory, Metropolitan Home gives out its "modernism awards." No Luddites need apply.

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