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Al Roker, Barbara Bush and Peggy Siegal Fetes Elizabeth Olsen

1003_mockup.gifWe were disappointed to hear that we’d missed seeing Wendy Williams who’d come by on Monday for lunch with her parents. A little birdie told me that the talk show diva issued this rallying cry to mom and dad before departing to face the lone paparazzo waiting outside: “Get ready! Here we go! Here we go!”  Today the few shooters milling around outside had a little more to work with since starlet of the moment, Elizabeth Olsen, was being feted in the Garden Room. Meanwhile, the main event in the dining room featured its usual mix of moguls (Barry Diller, Ron Perelman),  talking heads (Al Roker) and high-profile editors (Jon Meacham). Just business as usual for Wednesday at Michael’s.

I was joined today by Good Housekeeping editor-in-chief Rosemary Ellis, the magazine’s new money columnist Carmen Wong Ulrich and Hearst’s executive director of public relations, Alexandra Carlin. With 24 million (yes, you read that right) readers, this is not your mother’s Good Housekeeping. With Ellis at the helm, GH is a must read for the multi-tasking, multifaceted woman (Is there any other kind?) and filled with smart, savvy content that covers everything from food and fashion to family and finances.  And, while many books have retooled their marketing message for a niche reader, Good Housekeeping is a media behemoth with some really impressive reach. “We’re not age specific. We have kazillions of 28-year-old readers and kazillions of 34-year-old readers,” says Ellis. “More than the magazines that target them.”  Rosemary, whose editor letters are often inspired by her own family life and her adorable daughter, Lucy (“I figure I have a few more years before she says no more”) says Good Housekeeping offers “one stop shopping  — Who has time to read seven different magazines?”

We all agreed that the one topic on every woman’s mind these days is money. It makes sense, says Rosemary, because 80 percent of all  spending decisions are made by the woman of the house. So, Rosemary tapped Carmen to dispense her unique brand of uncommon financial common sense culled from years of experience deciphering today’s often confusing and confounding financial landscape. “I live for this,” says Carmen, who first became interested in money through her father. “I’ve been watching stocks since I was eight.”

Carmen Wong Ulrich, Diane Clehane and Rosemary Ellis
Carmen Wong Ulrich, yours truly and Rosemary Ellis

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Ralph Lauren, Jenna Bush, and the Media Mob

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— DIANE CLEHANE

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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Media Events 10.25.07

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THURSDAY 10.25.07
WHAT: Book signing, diva-sighting
WHO: Celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe, hawking her book, Style a to Zoe: The Art of Fashion, Beauty, & Everything Glamour
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Barnes and Noble at the Grove
WHY: Because Rose Apodaca actually wrote the thing. And she knows what she’s talking about.

SATURDAY 10.27.07
WHAT: Book signing, The Year of Living Biblically
WHO: Author A.J. Jacobs
WHEN: 4 p.m.
WHERE: Vroman’s
WHY: After reading as many versions of the Bible as he could, Jacobs amassed a list of 700 rules he would try to obey for a year. During this time, he visited communities in which the Bible was taken literally, meeting with the Amish, the Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem, and the Answers in Genesis Christians. He also herded sheep in the Israeli Desert and became so obsessed that he questioned a Jehovah’s Witness in his apartment for 4 hours until the Witness had finally had enough and left.

MONDAY 10.29.07
WHAT: Book signing, Ana’s Story
WHO: First daughter Jenna Bush
WHEN: 7 p.m.
WHERE: Pasadena Public Library
WHY: First, it’s Jenna Bush doing a book reading. Second, the book is about a girl infected with HIV at birth. Third, there’ll be a reception featuring Jager shots immediately following.

Times Admits Reporter Paid Teen Porn Star | Voice ‘Nasty’ To Blum | Jann Wenner’s Kidd | March Ad Madness

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  • NYT: Acknowledges reporter paid $2,000 to teen porn source. [AP]
  • Jann Wenner: Gets renowned book-jacket designer Chip Kidd for Rolling Stone 40th birthday trilogy. [NYP]
  • MTV Networks: Plans to launch “thousands” of Web sites to regain viewers. [Reuters]
  • Couric: After six months, still in third place. [USA Today]
  • Jenna Bush: Lands $300,000 HarperCollins book deal. [Radar]
  • March Madness CBS: 95% sold out of ad space. [Mediaweek]
  • Star Jones: To Court TV? [Page Six]
  • NYT Janet Robinson: Says digital revenue doubled in 2006. [Reuters]
  • Why: Was David Blum‘s firing from the Village Voice so “nasty”? [ETP]