Brady's Bunch

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Did The New York Times take a cheap shot? Or does Star Jones of ABC's "The View" go out of her way to appear absurd? The paper's Sunday Style Section of July 11 reports on a Greenwich Village restaurant and nightspot where Ms. Jones and her fiance allegedly chew-out staff, free-load, mime sex acts on a bed (the joint offers tables as well) and then stiff the waitress, who murmurs on their departure, "God will provide."

A coup for Redbook. Speaker at their Sept. 20 "movers & shakers" lunch: John Kerry.

Jeremy Schaap of ESPN is writing his first book, on Depression-era heavyweight champs Jim Braddock and Max Baer. Houghton Mifflin will publish in January. His late dad Dick Schaap wrote 33 books.

How's Elle doing? Carol Smith reports the September issue of the Hachette Filipacchi Media book will be up 16% in ad pages at 342 and its top grossing issue since founding 20 years ago.

On the fifth anniversary of JFK Jr.'s death this month, David Pecker, who worked with him, brings out a special mag, "The Untold Story," from American Media.

Lynn Heiler says Bon Appetit is having a tres bon summer, rate base up to 1.3 million, median household income at $86,723, the September (restaurant) issue up 30% in ad pages. And they hired Patricia Foster as exec director beauty/luxury.

Ever alert to the changing American landscape, Campbell-Ewald informs me more and more of us are choosing cremation over traditional burials. "Aging baby boomers are (you should pardon the expression) fueling the trend."

Gina Sanders tells me Teen Vogue is going next month to a 550,000 rate base (second increase this year) and YTD is up 251 ad pages or 81% against last year. Am I dating myself by murmuring, "totally awesome?"

CBS News reported the military is still throwing out gays, most recently an Arabist, of which they have too few. When I was Fairchild's man in London (1959-60), every fashion designer I met had been in military intelligence during WWII. The late Sir Hardy Amies explained the plan was for them to go to bed with Nazi officers and steal secrets. Can't Rummy show a little imagination and send our lads to do the same with Al Qaeda?

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