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Rick Reilly Recalls His Encounter with ‘Broke’ Jack Nicklaus

RickReillyPicMiracles do happen. In some cases, to the same journalist – twice.

As part of Sports Illustrated‘s 60th anniversary celebration, associate editor Ted Keith sat down with ESPN’s Rick Reilly to revisit the latter’s career-launching coverage of the 1986 Masters golf tournament. Miracle #1 is that Reilly had the SI job in the first place. As he tells Keith, when he traveled from LA to New York for a big Time & Life building lunchtime job interview, he was forced to borrow a sports jacket several sizes too big and knocked a glass of water into the lap of managing editor Mark Mulvoy.

Miracle #2 is even more astounding. Picking up on a tip that Jack Nicklaus, who would go on to win the 1986 tournament in dramatic fashion, was broke, a nervous Reilly shanked it way right. From the Q&A:

“So now I’ve got to talk to Jack Nicklaus for the first time in my life, I’m 28-years-old and my knees are knocking. I go up to him and I say, “Jack, I’m Rick Reilly from Sports Illustrated. We hear you’re broke.””

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Nice Day for an Adam Perry Lang Table Setting

Please forgive the hackneyed headline-paraphrase of the chorus from Billy Idol‘s “White Wedding.” However, since privileged access to an outdoor performance by Idol in the heart of Hollywood was one of several experiences served up Tuesday by Tennessee whiskey brand George Dickel to a lucky group of food and spirits journalists, FishbowlNY couldn’t resist.

The sweet October 21 mash-up began in the Jimmy Kimmel Live green room. In between Dickel reserve shots (for those who wanted) and a remote throw-to-commercial bit for which Bill Murray took over the bar area, invited journalists got to watch the live show taping and catch further glimpses of show guests Murray and Tenacious D. Then came Idol’s performance on the Kimmel outdoor stage.

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Taking a Lunch Break…

Lunch At Michaels

Our intrepid Lunch reporter Diane Clehane skipped her usual rounds at Michael’s today, as she’s in PR-planning mode for tomorrow’s 31st Annual Night of Stars gala, hosted by The Fashion Group International.

Rest assured, she’ll be back to dish on the city’s movers and shakers a week from today.

Until then here are some recent columns to chew on…

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TheWrap is in Full Expansion Mode

AdaGuerinPicTheWrap started in 2009 out of Sharon Waxman‘s guest house. Then came an office in Santa Monica, followed by a bigger space in West Los Angeles and an overflow annex a few minutes away for the sales and marketing team.

This weekend, TheWrap will move for a fourth time, to a consolidated Santa Monica space three times the size of its current headquarters. The company recently hired Jordan Chariton away from our sister blog TVNewser to work as a New York-based media reporter. And today, TheWrap announced that long-time Hollywood Reporter staffer Ada Guerin (pictured) has come aboard as creative director (effective immediately). Guerin was with THR for 14 years.

“There are a couple of other announcements that will be coming down the pike [in addition to Guerin] that will change around stuff,” Waxman tells FishbowlNY via telephone, taking a quick break from writing her next column. “On the editorial end, we’re growing both the movie team and the TV team. [Executive editor] Joseph Kapsch has been a really key person in recruiting and building the newsroom.”

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Maybe Not | Keep Going | Brace Yourself

TVSpy: Asking viewers to like a Facebook post if they are “praying for the victims” of a car crash seems like a pretty idiotic thing to do. And yet…

TVNewser: CNN’s @CNNBrk Twitter account has 20 million followers. Your move, Justin Bieber.

AllFacebook: Here is the next meme that people you hate will be doing on Facebook.

These Playboy Playmates Became Journalists

There’s an interesting wrinkle to this week’s New York magazine photo feature highlighting six Playmates from Playboy‘s vintage era. Two of them are now journalists while a third works in public relations.

Chicago society columnist CandaceJordanTagCandace Jordan writes that because the photos for the article were shot in New York way back in February, she had become convinced the piece would never run. But it’s finally out, spotlighting some unusual life trajectories and the work of a very qualified photographer. From Jordan’s column:

Nadav Kander was flown in from England for this feature. He’s a London-based photographer, artist and director, known for his portraiture and landscapes. His work is included in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum and others. He even shot President Obama for the cover of Time magazine as its “Person of the Year.” To say he’s talented is an understatement.

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New York Sets Traffic Record in September

new-york-magazine-logoSeptember was good to New York. The magazine had a record-setting month in online traffic, netting 27 million unique visitors. That takes into account all of its verticals— Nymag.com, Vulture, The Cut, Grub Street, and Science of Us.

The record-setting number represents a 51 percent increase from September 2013 for New York.

Out of all the New York sites, Vulture and The Cut did the best. Both had nine million unique visitors in September; up 53 percent for Vulture and a whopping 83 percent for The Cut.

Taffy Brodesser-Akner Makes a Splash with GQ Feature Debut

As noted in our Revolving Door column, hard-working former Mediabistro staffer Taffy Brodesser-Akner (2001-2007), who was always a writer and in fact came up with the name “Revolving Door,” recently pulled off a remarkable coup. In the same, single week, she was named a contributing writer at both GQ and the New York Times Magazine.

NickiMinajGQNovember2014The piece that sparked her GQ contract has now arrived and it’s getting a lot of attention for one particular aspect. During the reporter’s conversation at Barclays Center with Nicki Minaj, her interview subject was desperately fighting off fatigue:

To be completely accurate, she never fell into actual REM sleep during our interview, but at four separate times she dozed off, her head jerking awake at just the moment it had started to dip. In between, she was what I could call low-key and reserved, because I am generous, but the picture looked like this: those eyelids, falling, falling over eyes that would cross momentarily, closing for a moment but staying too long—a blink that lasted a few blinks longer than a blink.

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Hearst Adds Editorial Recruiter, Redbook Expands Team

hearst-magazine-logo-1Hearst Magazines has named Maura Fritz editorial recruiter and Redbook has added two staffers. Details are below.

  • Fritz joins Hearst Magazines from Real Simple, where she served as senior editor and — most recently — deputy editor of RealSimple.com. She previously served as editorial manager of Life, and managing editor at Us Weekly and Men’s Journal.
  • Redbook has named Jennifer Hitzges fashion director. Hitzges was previously a stylist for celebrities such as Anne Hathaway, Natalie Portman, Jessica Biel, Penelope Cruz, Kerry Washington and more. She has previously contributed to magazines such as Vanity Fair, InStyle, Teen Vogue and Glamour. 
  • Petra Kobayashi joins Redbook as art director. She most recently served as Self’s art director; a role she held for the past 10 years.

‘Mad Men’s’ Matt Weiner: ‘Find a Way to Turn Rejection into Something that Inspires You’

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ABC News anchor Robin Roberts, NBC Sports chairman Mark Lazarus, and CBS chief research officer David Poltrack are among the newest members of the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. Their honors came Monday night at a black tie event at the Waldorf Astoria co-hosted by Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly and NBC Sports anchor Bob Costas.

MediabistroTV caught up with several TV luminaries, including Kelly, Costas, “Mad Men” creator Matt Weiner and even former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre, to get their keys to success. WATCH:

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