Lunch at Michael’s: Charlie Rose Bear Hugs Doris Kearns Goodwin

lunch_at_michaels_logo.jpgIt was business as usual at Michael’s today — a full house of media mavens, moguls, noted journos, a few talking heads and a Pulitzer Prize winner thrown in for good measure on a completely miserable December day. The jam packed dining room was buzzing and it was, as it’s been for weeks now, SRO at the bar. Thankfully, our standing reservation gave us a bird’s eye view of all the movers and shakers. Here’s the rundown:

1. A lively table of revelers from USA Today, who, we’re told included managing editor Susan Weiss. There was champagne all around. Cheers!

2. Richard Beckman and A-list attorney Allen Grubman. (Lizzie‘s dad — in case you were wondering.)

3. Mayor Joe Armstrong and Men’s Health honcho Dave Zinczenko. (Happy Birthday, Dave!) We were pleased to see two of our favorite regulars back at their familiar perch — it’s just not the same without you! Dave told today’s lunchtime chronicler, Diane Clehane, that he’s loving his first foray into blogging on Yahoo. The tireless editor is writing about “everything and anything that has to do with men, women, sex and relationships” and so far he’s setting record numbers with over 6,000 visits to his recent posts. We’re impressed!

4. Charlie Rose and an exotic looking young woman who talked animatedly throughout lunch.

5. Parker Ladd (who passed the time waiting for his guests by taking copious notes — about?), designer Arnold Scassi & banker — and big wig Democratic fundraiser Paul Bierne
6. Cynthia McFadden, former Good Morning America producer Shelly Ross and her husband, David, a music mogul, we’re told.

7. XM Satellite Radio’s Nathan Brown.

8. New York Social Diary‘s David Patrick Columbia and real estate mega-agent Alice Mason.

9. PR maven Peggy Siegal (Love the leopard coat & boots!).

10. Freddie Friedman.

11. Nick Simineck, husband of our friend Terry Allen Kramer and producer Michael Mailer (son of literary lion Norman)

12. Former Harper Collins editor and publishing legend Larry Ashmead.

14. Presidential historian and author Doris Kearns Goodwin lunching with her editor, Simon & Schuster’s Alice Mayhew. When the Pulitzer Prize winner gave Charlie Rose a most enthusiastic “hello” and was overheard telling him, “I’ve been meaning to call you!” The news so excited the distinguished talk show host that he literally lifted Ms. Kearns Goodwin off the floor in a bear hug.

15. Becca Thrash.

16. Paul Wilmot and some unidentified fashionistas.

17. Marty Bregman and guest.

18. Jerry Inzerillo of Kerzner International and Doug Carlson.

19. We couldn’t see.

20. Steve Swid and Royce Pinkwater.

21. Quest‘s Chris Meigher, dapper as always, and Nancy Holmes.

22. Francine LeFrak.

23. The New York Post‘s media man Keith Kelly and Teen Vogue publisher Gina Sanders.

24. Peter Price.

25. Tom Goodman.

26. Public relations powerhouse Richard Rubenstein.

27. Avenue‘s Judy Price (who stopped to chat with David Patrick Columbia on her way out).

28. Novelist, journalist and culture critic Kurt Anderson.

29. David Corvo of NBC.

In the Garden Room: celebrity watcher Michael Lewittes (table 32) and a young pal; Peter Gregory (brother of Andre — the inspiration for the film My Dinner with Andre) and family.

Please send comments and corrections to DianeClehane AT mediabistro DOT com & LUNCH AT mediabistro DOT com.

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