Brady's Bunch

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Those dashing Conde Nast executives never rest. On Veterans Day Steve Florio lunched with Liz Smith at the Four Seasons next to Vernon Jordan. That evening Florio and Editorial Director James Truman took over Le Bernadin restaurant to fete Barbara Fairchild of Bon Appetit. Truman is just back from Bhutan and will be writing about it in Conde Nast Traveler. Corporate PR Director Maurie Perl wasn't there. She was thrown by her horse and has a broken shoulder.

Surfing the news channels? Catch MSNBC's John Elliott, a nerdy redhead being touted by people as disparate as Col. Jack Jacobs, their military analyst (and Medal of Honor holder) and difficult to please Don Imus, who calls Elliott (in the same breath) a good reporter and "a doofus." John's been doing straight news, now he's got a 9 a.m. show as well. We could be seeing more of the intelligent, wry and likeable Mr. Elliott.

Tonight in Cipriani in Manhattan Kirk Douglas will be saluted by the American Legacy Foundation for his efforts in raising public awareness of tobacco-related ills.

Ave atque vale, C.Z. Guest, a great dame who during my time at the New York Post wrote a gardening column and would have a drink with the boys.

Sean Flanagan promoted to "worldwide publisher" by National Geographic. They've also just opened a sales office in London.

Top "guy" movies ever? Men's Journal picks "Dirty Harry" No. 1. "The Godfather," "Scarface," "Die Hard," "The Terminator," "Road Warrior" follow. Where the hell are "Butch Cassidy ..." and "Wild Bunch?"

Tom Ott, group pub. of Field & Stream and Outdoor Life, says four times as many of us "fish and hunt" than golf, bike, ski or play tennis combined. Good ginmill debate topic. Can it be so?

Editor Emily Listfield sent along a copy of the redesigned Fitness (Gruner & Jahr USA Publishing) for December. It promises "your leanest body ever by Jan. 1" and, more realistically, they're raising the rate base to 1.5 million. Good job, Emily!

New York Daily News columnist Denis Hamill has a novel out from Simon & Schuster (Atria Books) called "Sins of Two Fathers." It's about a fictional N.Y. newspaper columnist, not, I assume, Breslin or brother Pete.

Oh, darn. I missed Diane Sawyer's interview with Britney.

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