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Caroline Manzo, Morgan Fairchild, Plus HarperCollins Fetes William Boyd

1003_mockup.gifOne of the things I love most about chronicling the Wednesday scene at Michael’s is the random celeb sightings that seem to come out of left field. On offer today: television stars of the past and present that represent the changing (and fickle?) tastes of the viewing public. When none other than Morgan Fairchild walked in (she’s even tinier in person), I had an eighties flashback to those great trashy nighttime soaps and damsel in distress Lifetime movies that were all the rage back then. A few minutes later, The Real Housewives of New Jersey‘s Caroline Manzo, today’s definition of a soap star, walked in. Funny enough, they were seated right next to each other but neither noticed the other. What can I say? This stuff fascinates me.

I was joined today by two PR mavens, Melanie Brandman, founder of The Brandman Agency, and Diana Biederman, managing director of Blackbird PR. After chewing over the week’s hottest gossip (Did Kim Kardashian do it for money? Has Kris Jenner no shame?), we had a good chat about Melanie’s latest luxury innovation, Travel Curator, which she describes as a hybrid online monthly magazine, diary and blog that shares the very best insider information on cities around the world.  Besides having exquisite taste, Melanie’s unrivaled experience in the hospitality industry and two decades of worldwide travel have given her quite an address book.

Table Seven: Diane Clehane, Diana Biederman and Melanie Brandman

“I’m constantly asked where to go to find the very best around the world and, since I love to share information, I thought this would be a fabulous way to do that.” The “content driven” site is absolutely gorgeous, including ‘The Spot” of the month. The native Aussie’s Sydney is the launch pick, followed by New York, London and Tel Aviv — all cities Melanie has called home. It also includes a fabulously fun section entitled “Tastemakers” where Melanie culls names from her Rolodex to offer their picks on shopping and travel in various locales. (Full disclosure: In an upcoming edition, I sing the praises of American Girl Place as the best place in NYC to spend a day with the special little girl in your life.) The site is getting great buzz; it was recently featured in Travel & Leisure and was the subject of two segments on Fox News. Right now, everything is being handled in-house at The Brandman Agency, and  it’s being circulated via subscription and by the agency’s extensive contact lists. So, before you pack for that next vacation, check out the site.

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

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Erika Hayasaki Recycles for LA Times–Again

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Erika Hayasaki is still reporting on all the news fit to print in the New York Times. Of course, since she writes for the Los Angeles Times–well, you can see the problem.

Free-lunch Foragers Sept. 11, 2007, LAT

Not Buying It June 21, 2007, NYT (full text here)

(LA Observed points out the slight difference in the stories.)

Hayasaki also wrote about blogger/cabbie Melissa Plaut and her book. So did Bob Minzesheimer in USA Today about a week earlier.

Her August 28th piece on contest king, Jay Sokolow, was foreshadowed by a Hartford Courant piece of July 19.

Astute readers, unlike the LAT editors, may recall similar situations in July and in May, only the NY Sun had the original piece. Check out our earlier posts linked below.

Why can’t the LA Times find a reporter in New York who can break original stories?

Earlier:
LA Times Reports All the News from Hooksett, NH, The Town Where Time Stands Still

NYC-TV Gets LAT’s OK