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Archives: February 2008

Dinner With Anderson? Almost Priceless

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Soho’s landmark Puck Building was packed last night as the Bailey House held its 20th Annual Auction & Party.

Designers Jonathan Adler, Simon Doonan and John Bartlett, architect Jeffery Povero and Project Runway’s Tim Gunn hosted the event which included both a silent and a more lively, live auction. Two women bid top dollar for a lunch with CNN’s Anderson Cooper: $4,500! The following item: a maple leaf Mapplethorpe went for $9,500.

ABC News SVP Jeffrey Schneider, chairman of the board of Bailey House, was also the chief seer of paddles during the live auction, not missing a bid. By the end of the night $800,000 had been raised.

Among the 850 guests, the aforementioned Cooper (pre-AC360), GMA Weekend anchor Bill Weir and WABC’s Bill Ritter.

Now going on 25 years, Bailey House provides housing and other vital needs to people living with HIV/AIDS and to their loved ones.

The Strange Death Of Glen Giles

0229giles.jpgSad news to report. Glen Giles of Hallmark Data Systems and the Western Fulfillment Management Association was killed in an apparent homicide. Giles, who previously worked at BPA Worldwide, ESP, Strategic and Hutchings, was a major national figure within the tight-knit world of magazine circulation. A prominent figure in b-to-b publishing, he was found stabbed to death across from his Burbank, CA house, on the porch of his neighbor’s house directly across the street. It appears that after he was stabbed at home, Giles managed to make his way across the street while attempting to get help. A suspect is in custody and friends were stunned that the 6’4″, 340 pound ex-varsity basketball player was stabbed. Giles, who was single, is survived by his sister, brother-in-law and mother.

(Image via Folio)

Fish Food

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Delectable bits from around the web:

Mel Karmazin has made innumerable visits to Capital Hill, delivered winning smiles, and done all manner of interviews boosting satellite radio, but it has all come to naught. The XM-Sirius merger is stalled. From the WSJ: ”If you missed the Bill Murray movie ‘Groundhog Day,’ in which the main character relives the same day over and over again, maybe you should check out the conference calls of Sirius Satellite Radio CEO Mel Karmazin.

”That is because Karmazin has been engaging in a little re-enactment of his own ever since the merger with XM Satellite Radio Holdings was announced in February 2007. In each quarter’s earnings conference call with analysts and investors, he has been as cheerful and on-message as a pageant queen: this deal is going to close soon. Any day now. (Even though it hasn’t, for over a year, and the deal’s termination deadline is Saturday).”

– The tabloidal race for pictures of JLo and Mark Anthony’s baby is on. From USA Today’s Cindy Clark: ”(People) Managing editor Larry Hackett is ‘confident’ his magazine will be showcasing the infants, born Feb. 22. ‘We’re the biggest, we’ve been around the longest, we’re the top in our field,’ he says. ‘If someone of equal wattage has been there, they (celebrities) want to be there too.’

”… ‘Celebrities are in the business of making money,’ says Janice Min, editor of Us Weekly. ‘They have their image, which they use to make money on almost every aspect of their life … This is just another revenue stream for them.”’

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So, They Sell Hot Dogs At Auschwitz. How Do You Write About It?

0229auschwitz.jpgOver at the Hebraically-themed online mag Jewcy, Patrick Sauer of Inc. magazine just wrote a piece about a recent trip to Poland. In Sauer’s piece, we learned that the concentration camp at Auschwitz has a snack bar… and that they serve frankfurters:

They sell hot dogs at the Auschwitz snack bar. I’ll let that sink in for a moment… In fact, the only food available for lunch that can quickly be wolfed down before the bus to Birkenau is the hot dog. I can’t say with 100% certainty, but both my wife and I thought it was a traditional frankfurter. And we do enjoy our frankfurters. By the way, the hot dog? Delicious. It was served on this crunchy-on-the-outside-chewy-on-the-inside roll, it came with a homemade relish of big chunks of pickled onions and cabbage, and was topped off with killer tangy ketchup. From the center of Krakow, the Auschwitz tour is an all-day deal, so the sale of nourishing non-kosher concentration camp hot dogs sure seemed like one final twist of the knife.

Apart from the idea of Auschwitz having a snack bar making us want to vomit just a little, there’s a truly tasteless potential feature piece lying among all of that. Actually, forget about it. Auschwitz having a snack bar? That’s just wrong.

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Why We Love The New York Post

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The New York Post found the only way the Alycia Lane story could get any better: An awesome headline.

Joyce Purnick: Bloomberg Would Have Made A Good President

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Last night, New York Times editor and writer, Joyce Purnick, who has a book of media mogul-Mayor Michael Bloomberg coming out, appeared on NY1′s Inside City Hall. Political reporter Rita Nissan asked Purnick what she thought Bloomberg had gained by dragging out his Presidential ambitions. ”It made him a player that he might not have been,” answered Purnick. On Kevin Sheekey, the spirited Mayoral aide who held these ambitions aloft with delicious, reporter-friendly sound bytes, Purnick said, ”He’ll find something to keep him busy.” In closing, Nissan asked the veteran newspaper reporter if the media mogul-Mayor would have made a good President. ”Yes, I do, I do,” Purnick replied, emphatically.

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Margaret B. Jones: South Central Memoirist

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Margaret B. Jones rates two NY Times pieces

about her memoir of life as a foster child in South Central, Love and Consequences.

Mimi Read’s piece, in the Home and Garden section, and is called A Refugee from Gangland, which is odd, because Jones doesn’t portray herself as a refugee. And “gangland” seems to be sort of where you find it:

The first time my o. g. visited me here–meaning original gangster, the gang’s leader–he slept 20 hours straight. In L.A. your anxiety is so high you sleep three hours a night.

That visitor, whom Rya calls Uncle Madd Ronald, is now in prison in California. The ways Ms. Jones and her daughter responded to the news reflected their vastly different childhoods. “Rya was just shattered,” Ms. Jones said. “I told her, don’t worry about it, he didn’t do anything bad. He just got caught up selling drugs.”

Read could have asked Jones if she knew Billy Ray Hines, but asks about her slipcovers, instead.

Michiko Kakutani’s book review is less worshipfully patronizing of the author, while still praising the book.

Should Howard Stern Extend His Sirius Deal For Less Money?

59% of FishbowlNY voters said that they didn’t think that media mogul-Mayor Michael Bloomberg led the press on in his quest for the Presidency. Today’s poll:

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FBNY’s Official Guide To The Newsday Layoffs

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Newsday just slashed 120 jobs, including at least 25 newsroom positions. We went to the trouble of reading Newsday‘s official article about the cuts. Then we realized it was written in corporate-ese and completely obstructed the important stuff. So here’s our translation:

ND: Newsday publisher Tim Knight Thursday announced that the newspaper will be cutting about 120 jobs throughout the company, citing declining sales and the “soft advertising revenue environment.” [...] “My foremost responsibility is to ensure that we are a healthy organization equipped and motivated to succeed in this rapidly changing and challenging marketplace,” Knight said in a memo to the staff. “Though we all know we will not grow by cutting, we have no choice but to respond to the revenue decline and make cost adjustments now.”

FBNY: Even though these cuts were dictated on high by Sam Zell, y’know what? We think we’ll keep him as the elephant in the living room and not mention it at all.

ND: “The company did not disclose how many management jobs will be eliminated. Of the union positions, at least 25 of those reductions will take place in the newsroom on top of 13 vacant positions that have gone unfilled. The pressroom will be reduced by at least 24 union positions and the transportation bargaining unit will be reduced by at least five drivers, according to Zachary Dowdy, vice president of the Editorial Unit of Local 406. The company will reduce the number of union positions through voluntary buyout offers and, if necessary, involuntary layoffs.”

FBNY: Life at Newsday will rapidly become a living hell for everyone in the newsroom over the age at 50. And it’s not just the 50+ crowd either: Expect all hard news staff (aka everyone who doesn’t write revenue-generating sports or lifestyle stories) to feel the crunch. Also, speed/frequency of grocery store and newsstand distribution will decline thanks to the driver cuts.

ND: Dennis Grabhorn, president Local 406 of the Graphic Communications Conference/International Brotherhood of Teamsters, said he did not agree with the constant cuts, noting that it has been only a year and a half since the last contract was signed and a substantial job reduction made. “Really all of this paper is doing now is getting rid of more Indians and keeping the chiefs,” Grabhorn said.

FBNY: The best thing about being a Teamster is how you’re able to say politically incorrect things and get away with it.

ND: The newsroom will be reorganized to adjust to the staff cuts and those plans will be shared with editors over the following days, said Newsday Editor John Mancini. “The goal is to emerge with a newsroom that will continue to cover Long Island in depth, with the accuracy our audience has long expected and the urgency they demand, in print and, now, increasingly online,” Mancini said in a memo to the staff.

FBNY: Hey, Newsday reporters. Do you like working 12 hour days? You better, because soon you’ll have a whole lot of them.

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