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Is National Geographic Kids the fastest growing children's mag in the country? That's what Publisher Rainer A. Jenss tells me as he boosts the rate base from 900,000 to 1.2 million (effective March). Sixteen months ago the circ was 700,000.

Hoorah! The great Barbara Cook is back on Broadway, the Vivian Beaumont Theater Fridays through Sundays March 19 to April 18.

N.Y. magazine guy (26 years with Rodale, George Hirsch et al) John T. Cabell seems to be doing O.K. brokering international licensing deals and joint ventures for magazines such as Time Out, Outside, Budget Living. He lives in Colorado, his partner Mike Geehan is in Miami, and they get to fly a lot. Their outfit is called Cue Ball and it's in Boulder.

Chris Meigher says his monthly Quest is getting rich on high class real estate advertising. No slump there. He's mulling a Palm Beach version for "the season."

Credit New York photographer Richard Marcadis for chutzpah. He's offering his abstract photos, prints mind you, for $475 each. And they're in B&W.

Are the Grammys over yet?

Elle magazine sponsors a panel tomorrow on media and politics. Campbell Brown of NBC, Claire Shipman of ABC, Judy Woodruff of CNN, at Le Bernadin in Manhattan, cocktails at 5:30. Pulitzer laureate Wendy Wasserstein moderates.

Business Week reports Ralph Nader's endorsement was what torpedoed Dean. So that was it.

Dan Brewster consulting with eminent counsel re a lawsuit against Gruner?

Roly-poly bartender Oliver Boyle of Wollensky's Grill, the Third Ave ad shop hangout, lost 80 pounds and will run the Boston Marathon. Supporter pledge dollars go to the Pat Ford cancer fund. After six months of chemo and workouts, suntanned Pat himself is back behind the stock.

New York Times columnist Harvey Araton in the lead paragraph cites a football player who "would have went" for the ball. Where, oh where are the copy editors?

Paige Rense's Architectural Digest teamed up with Chicago's Merchandise Mart Properties (that's the old Joe Kennedy outfit, I believe) to stage their fourth annual home design show March 11-14 at Pier 94 in New York. Pros only the first day; after that, civilians can buy a ticket.

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