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Ralph Lauren, Jenna Bush, and the Media Mob



It was good to be back at my regular perch at Michael’s today after a nasty bug kept me home last week. I returned to a scene buzzing with a head-spinning mix of fashion designers, famous faces, and the requisite media moguls. Don’t these people ever take a day off? I’m guessing not.

Today I was joined by W. Randall Jones (‘Randy’ to his friends), who I got to know right here in the dining room. Randy is, without fail, always the best dressed man in the room. (He credits Martin Greenfield, the Brooklyn-based tailor to Bill Clinton and Colin Powell, for his sartorial success.) When Randy arrived looking as dashing as ever in his three-piece navy pinstriped suit, we got right down to dishing.

This is a man who knows just about everyone, which is no surprise considering he’s had a stellar 30-year career in media. He launched Worth magazine in 1992 and was the youngest publisher in magazine history when he nabbed the top spot at Esquire at the ripe old age of 29. The self-described “serial entrepreneur” also launched The American Benefactor, the first magazine about philanthropy from the donor’s perspective and released his first book, The Greatest Stock Picks of All Time, to plenty of attention in 2004.

The tastiest dish is off the record, but I can tell you his latest tome, The Richest Man in Town, has been a big success. It vaulted to the number one spot on Amazon right after Randy appeared on Wall Street Week with Maria Bartiromo. These days, he’s working on a top secret television project. We can’t wait to hear more.

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. The ‘Imber Gang’: Dr. Gerald Imber, Jerry Della Femina, Jeff Greenfield, Andy Bergman, and Michael Kramer. A photographer from The New York Times was on hand to capture everything for an upcoming piece on the good doctor for the Style section. We’ll be looking for it.

2. Peter Brown

3. ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong and The Daily Beast’s Bryan Curtis who, when I asked what he did for the website replied, “Whatever Tina tells me to do.” Nice to meet you!

4. Ralph Lauren (who kept his sunglasses on throughout lunch) and Buffy Birrittella, the designer’s longtime executive vice president of women’s design and advertising. We spotted them celebrating Buffy’s birthday with champagne and nibbling on some chocolate confection while chatting with the steady stream of well wishers, like Harper’s Bazaar editor Glenda Bailey.

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Lunch: A Heaping Helping of the Usual Suspects



We’ve been spoiled by the steady stream of A-listers we’ve come to meet during our weekly Wednesday visits. So you can imagine our disappointment when we heard we missed Gabriel Byrne, who was in the dining room a week or so ago on a Tuesday. (We know more than a few folks who are obsessed with his portrayal of the tortured but tender shrink on HBO’s In Treatment.) But timing is everything, isn’t it?

There weren’t any stars of the big or small screen at Michael’s today, but the place was packed with plenty of movers and shakers to keep things interesting. I was lunching with public relations guru Tom Goodman, president and CEO of Goodman Media. Tom is one of the busiest — and nicest — guys in the business. He started his firm in 1996 after toiling in PR for CBS and ABC (where he traveled with Peter Jennings). British Airways “put us in business,” says Tom, and NBC, who tapped him to help launch MSNBC, soon followed. Tom is gearing up for a jam-packed summer promoting The World Science Festival in June (Harrison Ford is expected at the gala), Joe Torre‘s Safe at Home Foundation celebrity golf tournament at Trump National Golf Course in July and the 40th Anniversary of Woodstock with a weekend-long celebration in August at The Museum at Bethel Woods. Next month, the museum will also premiere an exhibit of photos — many never before seen — by photojournalist Gerry Deiter of John Lennon‘s and Yoko Ono‘s famous 1969 bed-in for peace. Sounds groovy…

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

2. Gerry Byrne and two well-dressed gents …

3. Nicki Haskell and pals

4. Harper’s Bazaar editrix Glenda Bailey and Evelyn Lauder. I’m told that Mrs. Lauder was making her second appearance of the week at Michael’s, having hosted the First Lady of Panama for lunch yesterday.

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Four Questions For: Marlene Kahan, Executive Director, ASME

kahan.jpgThis week’s exorbitant shoe-buying sessions and triple-returned Zara blazers make one thing clear: Ellies ’08 fever is upon us (and we’ll have related features with some of your favorite nominees running all next week on the main site, plus the live blog once again next Thursday to prove it). However, we picked up the phone yesterday to ring Marlene Kahan, executive director of the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) for something other than a request to revisit placing us in the nosebleed seats again (hint, hint…).

This Saturday in Manhattan at the 14th annual Parkinson’s Unity Walk, Kahan will be honored with the Alan Bonander Humanitarian Award, recognizing her efforts to elevate awareness and raise funds to drive research toward a cure for the disease. In that spirit, Kahan, who herself was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s in 2003, gave a firsthand account of learning she had the disease in the May issue of Bazaar. We spoke with her about the piece, the “purpose” she feels raising awareness of Parkinson’s, and whether she thinks the magazine industry does enough for staffers battling diseases like hers.

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Rosie On Trump @ Matrix: ‘My Goal … To Give A Bald Billionaire A Boner’

boner_1393_fbny.jpgThe ‘Boner‘ we wish Rosie’d been referring to at yesterday’s Matrix Awards

During a break in the pre-Matrix action yesterday, we poked our heads into the Waldorf Astoria ballroom where recipients of the New York Women in Communications Foundation Scholarship winners were lined up in ready to rehearse their introduction to the A-list crowd. In a clever departure from years past, when the anonymous group would silently enter and exit en masse, the aspiring media mavens each walked up to the microphone this year, introducing themselves and proclaiming themselves to be “the next [insert female media maven here]” When their turn in the spotlight came, the crowd had varying reactions to their proclaimed role models. No less than three of the young women expressed a desire to helm Cosmopolitan (the one who exclaimed she was “the next Kate White” drew the loudest round of applause), the one intrepid soul who dared admit she wanted to be “the next Bonnie Fuller” got a less than enthusiastic reaction while another hopeful who said she fancied herself Atoosa Rubenstein‘s Eve Harrington rendered the crowd all but silent.

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Monday Morning Meta Media Mashup


A weekly meta-roundup of our favorite (mostly) New York media pundits, what they’re saying, why they’re saying it, and an all-important grade, subjective and arbitrary — just like their columns!

  • I don’t care about the media glitz in the Libby trial” | Jon Friedman, Marketwatch

    Friedman takes a break from New York-centric media stories to focus his gaze on Washington and the meta media trial of 2007: Scooter Libby. Specifically, his disdain for the media-on-media coverage. (Which makes this column even more dizzying than normal.) Friedman loves Tim Russert, just hates coverage of Tim Russert. Which brings him to the N.Y. vs. D.C. media argument: “I can’t imagine that this story is playing in Peoria — or anywhere else outside of the oft-egomaniacal Beltway. People accuse New Yorkers of being thoroughly self-absorbed — and, hell, yes, we are. But the journos in Washington have us beat by miles. No, make that, by light years.” GRADE: B-

  • Super Bowl Ads Notch Boffo Nielsens” | Jon Fine, BusinessWeek

    Fine uses his media blog not to defend Prince‘s soggy performance at the Super Bowl, as we would’ve liked, but to defend the 30-second Super Bowl ad spot. Nielsen says the game was watched by roughly 92.8 million people. “I would like to point out that any TV producer would gladly amputate a limb to get these ratings for their actual shows.” GRADE: B-

  • The Anachronistic Pig” | James Brady, Forbes

    James Brady uses the occasion of the upcoming Matrix Awards to praise “what the unenlightened among us used to call ‘dames’” in media. Brady’s vintage, fraying, name-dropping anecdotes are still intriguing, and serve Brady’s secondary purpose: to show readers he was, at one time, important, just like these women are: “In the late ’60s and early ’70s, when I was publisher of Women’s Wear Daily and then Harper’s Bazaar, a woman like Ann Moore didn’t exist at old school-tie Time Inc. Oprah was a child. No one ever heard of the woman who would become Martha Stewart. A gentleman (Frank Zachary, I believe) ran Town & Country. Cindy Adams was simply funnyman Joey’s young wife. John Mack Carter was the big noise at women’s magazines. I was both editor and publisher of Harper’s Bazaar; today Glenda Bailey and Valerie Salembier hold down those jobs.” That’s right, they do. You don’t. GRADE: C