January 30, 2009
JAMES BRADY, 80 Columnist specialized in celebrities James Brady, the Parade magazine celebrity columnist whose wide-ranging career also included novels, a memoir of his Korean War service and a stint as publisher of the fashion bible Women's Wear Daily, died Monday at his Manhattan home. The cause of death was not disclosed. Mr. Brady wrote the celebrity profile column "In Step With" for Parade for nearly 25 years. He also was credited with initiating the New York Post's popular Page Six gossip section when he worked for publisher Rupert Murdoch in the 1970s.
December 4, 1998
James T. Brady, former secretary of the state's Department of Business and Economic Development, has joined the board of directors at spice giant McCormick & Co. Inc. of Sparks.Brady, who resigned from his job as secretary in April, sits on numerous boards and serves as a consultant to the Johns Hopkins University."I think McCormick is a first-rate company and I enjoy being involved in strategic policy-making," Brady said. "McCormick is aggressively pursuing strategic alliances all around the world and hopefully I can be helpful in some of that strategizing."
July 26, 1998
It was a Sunday afternoon and I was on the phone to East Hampton, chatting with James Brady about his new novel, "Gin Lane." It's set in the Hamptons, a place he certainly knows something about, and is filled with all sorts of glamorous, real-life characters. But what I really wanted to know was Jim's secret for compressing celebrity lives into 550-word profiles in Parade magazine. The 12-year-old weekly column is called "In Step With." How does he do it?"I try to focus on the single one or two things that I hadn't known before," said Jim, 69. "And I try to get that up very close to the top of the story.
June 16, 1998
THE LATE HARRY "Soft Shoes" McGuirk might have called him Diamond Jim in the political rough.The political ruminations of Maryland's former economic development boss, James T. Brady, remind many of 1978, when Harry R. Hughes rose from obscurity to victory by near acclamation. In the midst of a gubernatorial campaign which seems somnolent, Brady's water-testing this year is provocative.It was Senator McGuirk of the Stonewall Democratic Club in Baltimore who, in 1978, called Hughes a lost ball in tall grass.
May 17, 1998
James T. Brady, appointed Maryland's secretary of the Department of Business and Economic Development three years ago, resigned recently after a series of disagreements with Gov. Parris N. Glendening. Former managing partner with the Baltimore office of Arthur Andersen, Brady was widely respected as the voice of business in the governor's Cabinet.Staff writer Jay Hancock interviewed Brady last week about his differences with Glendening and his assessment of Maryland's business climate.Maryland's economy is doing well these days.
December 24, 1995
HAVRE De GRACE -- ''Merry Christmas, little Maryland!'' exclaims the pink-cheeked elf with the state police bodyguards. ''Do I have some wonderful gifts for you!'' And indeed he does. Parris Glendening is outdoing himself this year as Father Christmas. Let us open his packages.The first contains a brand-new competitiveness costume, just crafted for Maryland by the governor's very own appointees. It's an entrancing little creation made mostly of smoke and mirrors, all tied together with slogans about lower taxes and less onerous regulations.