American Pie 13.12.01

An unexpected victim of the World Trade Center attack was a virtually priceless collection of photographs and negatives chronicling the Kennedy years. The 40,000 pictures were the work of JFK’s personal photographer, Jacques Lowe, who died earlier this year, aged 71. They were taken over a period of almost 20 years and include some of the shots that made the ‘Camelot era’ known all over the world. Lowe had stored the negatives in a safe deposit box in a bank in the WTC. It was hoped they had survived the disaster but a search of the ruins found only ashes. Said Lowe’s agent, Woodfin Camp: "They were not insured, but worse, they were a chronicle of an era."

The Wall Street Journal is not only going to get bigger, it is also going be more colourful. For the first time for half a century the business daily is getting a facelift that will include a redesign of its front page, the already announced general interest section, but also more colour pages. A new section, "Personal Journal", will run three days a week and will carry features on personal investing, travel and health. The makeover has been four years in the planning, and Dow Jones, owner of the WSJ, has invested more than $200m (£140m) in new printing equipment.


The National Enquirer and its sister tabloids are set to move out of Florida. The anthrax attack, which took the life of Globe picture editor Bob Stevens, has cost American Media, publisher of the tabloids, at least $10m (£7m) in clean-up costs, buying new equipment and renting alternative space. Since the discovery of the anthrax the papers have been edited out of various make-do offices around the area. Although the local authorities offered the company a $1,000 for each employee – which would amount to around $400,000 (£280,000) – if the company would stay in Boca Raton, chief executive David Pecker has indicated that it is not enough. In fact, he told them to keep their money and is now looking for offices elsewhere – even outside Florida.


The internet show Naked News has hit US TV screens. The show, in which newsreaders take off their clothes while reading the news, originated in Canada and until now has been available only on the net. Now a weekly version is showing on pay-TV – for a charge of $4 (£2.80) an hour. Producer Kathy Pinckert insists the "newsreaders" are not strippers. "They are real women who are adding something interesting and different to the news," she says. In two years online, Naked News has averaged around six million visitors a month.


The Sun, the projected new New York newspaper backed, among others, by Conrad Black, says it will be an "alternative" to the NY Times. But not in size – it has been disclosed that the paper, due to launch next spring, will be razor thin – a mere four to six pages – and the print run will be only 10,000 copies. The plan is to limit sales, at least at first, to Manhattan’s morning rush-hour travellers.


A new men’s mag for fans of the rock group Kiss is hoping to launch next year. Bass player Gene Simmons, reputed to have the longest tongue in rock’n’roll history, hopes to call the magazine The Tongue. The cover, he says, will feature a star with his or her tongue out and inside there will be sections called Foreign Tongue (news from abroad), Forked Tongue (food) and Tongue Lashings (letters).


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