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Lunch At Michael’s: Denise Brown, A Trio Of Trumps & Star Jones



Who says August is dead? Well, we did last week — and it had been up until today. The head-spinning scene at 55th & Fifth packed a month full of bold-faced names into one dishy lunch. Where else in the world would you find Denise Brown (yes, Nicole’s sister), a triumvirate of Trumps, and the suddenly ubiquitous Star Jones, who seems to have put the ‘cool kids’ canteen on her speed dial? I talked to Ms. Brown, fresh of her appearance on Today about the news that the Goldman’s annotated version of the O. J. Simpson much-reviled If I Did It (which may or may not have the same title) will be published by Beaufort Books on October 3. While she appeared close to tears several times on the air while squaring off against Beaufort’s owner and president Eric Kampmann (“Why would you bring this nightmare back to these children?”), she was confident and composed for our chat. Perhaps that’s because she told me she’d received “hundreds” of supportive emails just hours after the show aired, including one from a woman who used to obsessively send her missives saying “OJ is innocent” but now is convinced otherwise.

“The whole world — or most of it — knows he killed Ron and Nicole,” said Denise, who is clearly geared up for a battle royal to quash any momentum this still highly charged tome has. When asked who she thinks would buy it, she answered, “No one, I hope.” With TMZ already ripping it to shreds and the likelihood the parts covering the murders [Chapter Six] will be making the rounds on the Internet well before the pub date, it seems more than likely even the most morbid curiosity will be satisfied before anyone with the nerve to be seen with the book can pony up their American Express card. When reached for comment this afternoon Mr. Kampmann told me, “I understand Denise’s point of view but I sympathize with the Goldmans. Simpson has always said he wouldn’t pay them a dime [of the $32 million judgment awarded in the civil case, but] this may change all that.” Kampmann claims only a “small percentage” of the feedback he’s received has been negative and vows: “I am committed to this book and I’m not going to back down. Some people have said I’m going to rot in hell, but a lot of people are for this because the Goldmans are for it. That’s the camp I’m in.” He also revealed that both Fred and Kim Goldman have completed their writings and that the book will contain contributions from two other “non-family” members but declined to name names. As they say, The plot thickens.

Here’s a rundown on the rest of the crowd:

1. GCI‘s Marc Rosen who seemed to cram one heck of a party into the alcove. As is customary, any time Mr. Rosen holds court, a photog was lurking about to capture all the action.

2. Cosmo gal Kate White and fashion photog Marc Baptiste. “He shoots a lot of our fashion,” says Kate.

3. Trump, the next generation: Don, Jr., Eric (he’s the blonde one), and burgeoning mistress of the universe, Ivanka. Ms. Trump adorns the new issue of Stuff with the coverline as “The Sexiest Boss in the World.” I wanted to get Daddy dearest’s take on the tagline but sadly, he was a no show. An unidentified young gent in a blue button down was seated with the trio instead.

4. Peter Brown & Michael Holtzman.

5. Terry Allen Kramer & James Neiderlander.

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Memo: SI‘s Terry McDonell On Time Inc. Cuts

fbny_si_cuts.jpgMore details via Time Inc. employee memos, this time from Sports Illustrated‘s Terry McDonell:

TO: SI Edit Staff
FROM: Terry McDonell

The timing is unfortunate; I realize that many of you are out of the office today but this announcement is coordinated with similar announcements at some other Time Inc. magazines.

In recent years SI Edit has successfully complied with budget reductions through operational cost-cutting and expense management, but regrettably the day has come when staff reductions can no longer be avoided. Cost cutting in other areas remains a priority, but streamlining of the SI Edit staff is necessary to reach mandatory 2007 budget targets. In the coming days, as this process is worked out, details on the reorganization of some areas of the edit operation will be announced.

In addition to the elimination of some editorial titles, we need to reduce headcount in the following categories:

Copy Clerk (3)
Edit Assistant (4)
News Desk Assistant (1)
Copy Editor (1) *
Imaging Specialist (1)
Photographer (3)
Writer (6)
Writer-Reporter (1)
Reporter-Researcher (1)
Senior Editor (1)
Photo Editor (1)

In an effort to avoid layoffs wherever possible, we are asking employees from these categories if they wish to volunteer to leave SI with a severance package. You will have until February 1st to volunteer. We will conclude this process over the next two to four weeks.

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