Laurie Dhue, Harold Ford and the Man Who Once Ruled Primetime

Lunch At Michaels

LunchAtMichaelsWe’re serving up a low-cal version of “Lunch” today because the catastrophic events in Harlem kept us from doing our scheduled interview at the appointed hour. Despite the transportation disruptions in and around the city, it was business as usual for the mavens, moguls and strivers who turned up at Michael’s for their weekly Wednesday confab. Keep calm and carry on indeed.

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Producer Beverly Camhe, celebrating exciting news with her son Todd Camhe. Todd’s film, Sister, which boasts Barbara Hershey as its star, will be shown at the Tribeca Film Festival. Todd produced the film (and also wrote the script) with David Lascher. Proud mama Beverly told me that its depiction of a family dealing with a child’s ADD and ADHD is a project close to both men’s hearts as they serve on the board of directors of Our Kids First Foundation, which is dedicated to raising awareness about the issues and challenges surrounding the condition. Well done!

The scene today at Michael's
The scene today at Michael’s

2. Joan Jakobson, Judith Hope and Barbara Liberman

3. Producer Terry Allen Kramer, back from Palm Beach with a distinguished gentleman we didn’t recognize

4. Marc Rosenthal

5. Linda Janklow

6. Fashion exec Joe Versace (yes, he’s related to Donatella) with three well-dressed folks

7. Manolo Blahnik president George Malkemus with Saks Fifth Avenue’s glamorous new president Marigay McKee and Cody Kondo (Don’t you just love that name!). George is tres occupied these days. Besides being Manolo’s sole man, he is also partnering with Sarah Jessica Parker for her line of haute heels, SJP. I checked out the line at Nordstrom’s and, as you might expect, there are plenty of styles that Carrie Bradshaw would love (one is even named after Parker’s alter ego). My personal fave: Diana, an elegant patent-leather t-strap named after Princess Diana.

8. New York Social Diary‘s David Patrick Columbia

9. Stuart Lawrence and Laurie Dhue. In case you didn’t know, the former CNN and Fox News anchor now helms her own media training and communications firm.

10. Marketing maven Shelley Zalis

11. Casting agent Bonnie Timmerman with social swan turned accessories designer Cornelia Guest. Bonnie just happened to be toting one of Cornelia’s chic, sleek handbags that is vegan friendly. A passionate animal rights advocate, Cornelia doesn’t use any animal skins in her designs because of her staunch cruelty-free approach to design. Just thought you’d like to know.

12. PR powerhouse Susan Magrino

14. Simon & Schuster’s Alice Mayhew

15. Marketing man and political analyst Robert Zimmerman

16. United Stations Radio Network’s Nick Verbitsky

17. Fashionistas Fern Mallis and Lynn Tesoro

18. Robert Bradford (That’s Barbara Taylor Bradford‘s husband to you!)

20. Producer Joan Gelman and radio diva Joan Hamburg

21. Harold Ford (That makes two Wednesdays in a row — we’re keeping track!)

22. John Arnhold

23. Jamie MacGuire

24. Former News Corp exec Martin Pompadur

26. United Talent Agency’s Jay Sures

28. Scott Singer with Betty Cohen, former CEO of Lifetime and president of Cartoon Network and GM of TNT.

29. Digital Place-Based Advertising Association’s CEO Barry Frey

81. Blast from the past: Former television titan Fred Silverman, who recently sat down with ME TV (home of rebroadcasts of television retro hits like The Doris Day Show, Gilligan’s Island and The Brady Bunch) to talk about television’s “golden age.” Fred earned the great title “The Man With the Golden Gut” for his unerring ability to get shows on the air during the 70s and 80s that became insta-hits — All in the Family, M*A*S*H and The Waltons, to name just a few. I happened on the network one night recently and felt like I’d stepped into a time machine. Check it out. After all, True Detective is over and Game of Thrones and Mad Men haven’t started up again yet. It’s mind blowing how far the medium has come, isn’t it?