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The Clay Felker Memorial: Tom Wolfe, Gloria Steinem, and Others Remember

felkermem.pngLast night the New York magazine world literati turned out for a memorial celebration for Clay Felker, the legendary editor of New York who passed away over the summer. A red-socked Sir David Frost hosted the event, which was held at the New York Ethical Society and featured such Felker disciples as Tom Wolfe, Gloria Steinem, Leslie Stahl, and Richard Reeves. All the featured guests spoke to Felker’s genius, excitement, and curiosity, and both Steinem and Stahl specifically mentioned what a novelty it was to encounter a male editor who would listen: “That had never happened before!” (We have video after the jump).

It’s a well known fact that Felker had a widespread and lasting influence on New York magazine publishing &#151 as was evidenced when a list was read of all the people who had worked with him and gone on to become editors and design director — however it was hard not to note (especially from our seat in the balcony) that the audience was primarily a gray-haired one, causing us to wonder is there a modern-day Felker? Would we have to go online to find one? And if they did exist, and say, sent one of their writers to secretly infiltrate a Leonard Bernstein-hosted Black Panther party on the Upper East side (or its modern day equivalent), would Bill O’Reilly be calling for their arrest?

After the jump we have video of Tom Wolfe talking about the modern-day fate of the “Masters of the Universe” and what Felker would have said about the current financial crisis, Gloria Steinem discussing how she made sex dull, and Judy Collins closing out the evening with Amazing Grace.

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Lunch: Valerie Bertinelli Weighs In

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— DIANE CLEHANE

As much as we love our bird’s eye perch from the bar, it’s always a treat when we’re invited to dine in the grown up section — especially when the scene is as head-spinning as it was today. Hallmark Channel’s senior vice president Jen Geisser and her power publicist Jaime Saberito made room for me at the table at a luncheon hosted by their fearless leader the consummate showman Henry Schleiff and attended by a tasty stew of bold-faced names and top executives from UNICEF that made for one interesting afternoon of Cobb salads and conversation. Henry, newly ensconced on UNICEF’s board, brought the group to together to kick off the TAP project during ‘World Water Week’ (March 16-22). The initiative was created to raise funds and awareness by asking NYC diners at select eateries around town to forego their Fiji water for good old NYC tap water and donate what they would have spent on it to help fund clean water for kids around the world. And, yes, Michael’s is participating.

The reigning queen of the celebrity diet wars Valerie Bertinelli (A 40-pound weight loss thanks to Jenny Craig!) was the guest of honor (arriving with her boyfriend Tom Vitale) having made one movie for the network with another one in the works — Mrs. Washington Goes to Smith (Catchy title!). The still adorable actress and newly minted best-selling author was busy signing books for everyone (Henry thinks of everything!) but still made time to chat with me. Her big news — her book, Losing It — And Gaining My Life Back One Pound at Time will debut at No. 1 on this week’s New York Times‘ list. “I’m so thrilled — it’s on my son’s 17th birthday and I dedicated the book to him,” she says. “I couldn’t be more blessed.” Val (we’re on a first name basis now) also confided that she’s hot on starting another book and already has an idea that’s bound to strike a chord. “I’d like to write something like Divorce & Children: Love Your Child More Than You Hate Your Ex. The list is long when one considers who might benefit from such a tome. For now, at least, it appears Silda Spitzer won’t be needing it but we’re not closing the book on that one just yet.

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. The white wine was flowing in celebration of Linda Fairstein‘s latest book, Killer Heat with a table full of gals that know a little something about the subject. In attendance: Cosmo editrix Kate White, super agent Esther Newberg, former Law & Order SVU star Stephanie March, Lesley Stahl (I promise to keep my eye out for that 60 Minutes watch!) and Cynthia Lufkin (Congrats on being named The American Cancer Society’s Mother of the Year!)

2. Bobby Zarem and a Jake Gyllenhaal doppelganger.

3. Mayor Joe Armstrong who has been traveling far and wide hard at work on his upcoming book with some lovely looking ladies. Welcome back Joe, we missed you!

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SXSWi ’08: Liveblogging the Failed Interview of Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg

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“Trainwreck” was many attendees’ way of describing the much-anticipated keynote.

Straight outta SXSWi, former BusinessWeek writer Sarah Lacy could not have failed more miserably in her onstage interview of keynoter Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook. We chronicled the misery.

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Sarkozy Ankles 60 Minutes Interview

French President Nicolas Sarkozy did what so many people should have had the courage to do: walk out on a stupid 60 Minutes set-up. Leslie Stahl could look a little more chagrined.

Dobbs’ 60 Minutes Interview Reaches New, Awkward Extreme

Some fallout over 60 Minutes‘ bizarre interview with Lou Dobbs on Sunday. Quick background in case you missed it: Leslie Stahl went after Dobbs on a factual error about the number of cases of leprosy in the past three years, which Dobbs’ correspondent Christine Romans reported as 7,000. When Stahl told Dobbs this was actually the number over the past 30 years, this was his response:

DOBBS: “Well, I can tell you this. If we reported it, it’s a fact.”

STAHL: “You can’t tell me that. You did report it.”

DOBBS: “I just did.”

STAHL: “How can you guarantee that to me?”

DOBBS: “Because I’m the managing editor. And that’s the way we do business. We don’t make up numbers, Lesley.”

It got even weirder. TVNewser points out the awkwardness of Stahl having to report that Dobbs now works for CBS: “While we were talking to Dobbs, unbeknownst to us, he was talking to CBS News and has now joined The Early Show as a weekly commentator.”

CBS Public Eye notes the irony of Stahl questioning the anchor’s journalistic credentials: “Dobbs scoffs at suggestions that his advocacy tarnishes his credentials as a journalist.”

CNN, for its part, has Dobbs’ back.

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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Couric’s Edwards Interview: ‘Disgusting’

couric_edwards.jpgSome 51 pages and counting on CBSNews.com following last night’s Katie Couric 60 Minutes interview of John and Elizabeth Edwards. As you might imagine, many were not thrilled with Couric’s line of questioning:

Katie Couric seemed overly stern in her questioning, especially given her own personal experience. I would have thought she could have been more warm and engaging, her inability to smile seemed quite frosty and odd given that her engaging smile helped build her career and her seeming to completely ignore her own familiarity with a family health issue was a tad to clinical for me. She’s no Ed Bradley or Leslie Stahl.

It was painful to watch. There is a big difference between asking tough questions and being rude. Katie treated Elizabeth Edwards as if she were dying in the next few months for sure. CBS made a big mistake of spending multi million dollars to hire Katie Couric. But, it would be an even bigger mistake if the company were going to keep her. CBS has fine reporters. Please get rid of Katie.

One even called her reporting skills “piss poor.” Yikes.

  • Exclusive: John And Elizabeth Edwards [CBSNews.com]