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Beverly Johnson Recalls a Very Skeptical Newsstand Guy

BeverlyJohnsonAugust1974CoverThe cover was historic. When the August 1974 issue of Vogue arrived with Beverly Johnson on the front, it marked the first time in the magazine’s history that an African-American model had been showcased in such a fashion.

To mark the issue’s 40th-year anniversary, Women’s Wear Daily New York correspondent Rosemary Feitelberg recently caught up with Johnson and got this great memory:

“I was in my first New York apartment on the East Side — mattress on the floor, candles,” Johnson said. “I threw on my jeans and ran to the newsstand. All these people were rushing to work trying to buy their papers so I had to wait. Of course, I didn’t have any money on me.”

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SI Piece on Drew Brees and Training Equipment Doesn’t Mention He’s an Investor

This week’s Sports Illustrated features a giant cover story (subscriber-only) on the New Orleans Saints’ Drew Brees. In the piece, by Austin Murphy, the world is introduced to the TRX, a cable-based strength training system. The TRX is lauded throughout the article, and yet — as Jim Romenesko points out — there’s one key detail missing: Brees is an investor in TRX’s parent company, Fitness Anywhere.

You’d think this little tidbit would be mentioned, especially because Brees credits the TRX with keeping his body operating at an elite level. There is no doubt some people will read this article and (foolishly, of course) think, “I could stop looking like me and start looking like Drew Brees if I just buy the TRX!”

To its credit, SI did admit Brees’ relationship with the company should’ve been disclosed.

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Condé Searches for Next Details Publisher

Condé Nast is on the hunt for the next publisher of Details, so why not stir the rumor mill? According to WWD, there are a few people being considered to fill the role left by Kevin Martinez earlier this month. Martinez, Details’ publisher since 2011, left to join Maxim.

Here’s the list of possible Martinez replacements:

Of those, Wagenheim is the least likely to take over Details. Why? Because he flat out told WWD “It’s not happening.” Hey, calm down buddy. We’re talking about you getting a new job, not getting fired.

As for the rest of them, feel free to speculate about their future roles at your leisure.

Golf World Has Folded

Golf World, the oldest golf-centric magazine in the nation, is closing up shop. According to Ad Age, publisher Condé Nast is folding the print edition and shifting any further content under the Golf Digest website. About 10 Golf World staffers have been cut as a result of the change.

As part of the folding, Golf World subscribers will now receive a weekly email newsletter and copies of Golf Digest, which is published monthly.

Golf World’s editor, Jaime Diaz, will retain his title and continue reporting to Jerry Tarde, editor of Golf Digest. Dan Robertson will continue as publisher of both titles.

Golf World’s first issue was published in 1947, one year after Ben Hogan won his first major.

Mario Batali’s NY Times Column Ends

Mario Batali’s “What I’m Drinking” column that ran in The New York Times Magazine for the past three years is done. Or cooked, if you prefer a cooking pun. The weekly column — which was fairly small — featured Batali describing how to make some sort of cocktail.

According to Jake Silverstein, the Times Magazine’s editor, Batali was the one who made the call. “I absolutely did not can him,” Silverstein told The New York Post. “He felt the column had run its course. He’d written everything he could about drinking, and it seemed a very natural end to it.”

Batali will now devote the time he used to writing that column to making Eataly less annoying.

[Image: Debby Wong / Shutterstock.com]

More Layoffs and Hires at Self

Self continues its transition under the leadership of publisher Mary Murcko and editor Joyce Chang. According to WWD, eight have been cut from the magazine, including six from the fashion department and one each from the photo and art departments.

When Murcko and Chang took over the title in April, they didn’t wait long — only three weeks — before dropping Self’s executive director, creative director, web director, entertainment editor, fashion editor, associate publisher for sales and associate publisher for marketing. Then, just a few weeks later, Murcko and Chang conducted a round of hirings.

Just like in April, a few hires have been made on the heels of the eight people getting cut this week. Self has hired Dania Ortiz as fashion market and accessories director; Lori Cohn and Tammy Cohen as beauty executive directors; and Lexie McCarthy as northwest account director.

Be sure to check back in two weeks when seven more people are fired and five new people are hired.

The New Republic is Confused

The New Republic’s latest cover boldly states “Don’t Send your Kid to the Ivy League.” The accompanying piece has caused quite a stir, mainly because typically, going to Harvard or Princeton is what is known as a Good Thing. The stance is also interesting because — as Newsweek reported — over 50 percent of TNR’s editorial team has either an undergraduate or graduate degree from an Ivy League school.

Harvard leads the way, with 18 TNR editorial staffers (including owner and editor-in-chief, Chris Hughes) as alumni. Columbia comes in second place with 14 and Yale comes in third, with nine.

If having an Ivy League education is obviously helpful when applying for a job at TNR, wouldn’t that mean you should send your kids to one of those schools? After all, TNR is a great magazine. We imagine most writers looking for employment would be quite happy working there.

We’re confused. And so is TNR, apparently. You’d think all those Ivy Leaguers would have been able to figure this out.

Marie Claire’s ‘Denim Issue’ Shows There’s Hope for Magazines

Fear not, magazine lovers of America. There is hope for the printed word after all, and it comes in the form of Marie Claire’s Denim Issue.

As Ad Age notes, the cover is designed to be “unzipped” down the middle. It’s gimmicky, yes, but you know who loves gimmicks? Advertisers!

Guess jeans — which bought the space and has its logo all over the inside of the cover — paid six figures for the ad. If a company is dumb enough to pay that much for an ad that requires consumers to destroy it, then the magazine industry is going to be fine.

[Video via Ad Age]

Complex Founder Tries to Bash GQ, Fails

For some reason, Marc Ecko — the founder of Complex — attempted to bash GQ on Twitter. We say attempted, because despite his declaration that Complex was “new” and GQ was “old,” he not only used the wrong Twitter handle for GQ, he got his own magazine’s handle wrong too.

Sigh. Better luck next time, Marc.

Alan Murray Named Editor of Fortune [Updated]

Alan Murray has been named the new editor of Fortune. He will be just the 17th editor of the glossy, which was founded in 1930 by the legendary Henry Luce. Murray most recently served as president of the Pew Research Center. He had been with Pew since 2012.

Prior to joining Pew, Murray worked at the Wall Street Journal in a variety of roles, most recently deputy managing editor and online executive editor. During Murray’s 10-year stint as the Journal’s Washington bureau chief, the bureau won three Pulitzers.

“Alan’s diverse background uniquely positions him to lead Fortune,” said Time Inc.’s executive VP, Todd Larsen, in a statement. “He is a digital champion and media visionary who can bridge every aspect of our business, moving effortlessly from the newsroom to the boardroom to television to conference stage.”

Murray will succeed Andy Serwer, who is leaving Time Inc. after 30 years.

Update (12:00 pm):
Below is Murray’s note to Pew staffers, announcing his decision to leave.

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