“AMERICAN IDOL” PRODUCER’S IPO, SCOTT ROSENBLUM HELPS EXTINGUISH A FIRE, PHYLLIS SCHAFLY & THE BREWERY, ROSE JONAS’ NEW WORK, AL WATKINS TO BETTY WHITE’S ROAST
European media giant Bertelsmann is poised to issue an IPO. The conglomerate controls broadcaster RTL Group, Random House and FreemantleMedia, producer of “American Idol” and “The X Factor”. . .Rose “The Job Doctor” Jonas is penning an e-book with her son, David Finkelstein, titled, “How to Figure Out What You Want to Do Next,” which is being edited by Dick Weiss and is due out April 15 at cyber-book stores. Jonas’ previous effort was a 10,000-word paper, “Living on Stress Mountain: Strategies For Doing Well When Your Life Sucks.” “Clients have told me what works for them,” she said. “This is a compendium of their advice. Take what you like from it, what you think will work for you. May it help you feel less precariously perched here in this thin mountainous air” and she quotes Henry Kissinger: “There cannot be a stressful crisis next week. My schedule is already full”. . .Barrister Al Watkins and his wife, Paige, will head to Gotham for the Betty White roast at the Friars Club. Not only that, they will visit with former Ritz St. Louis’ food & bev guy Angus Bright, who now lives in South Carolina serving as GM of a golf pro signature country club/plantation. Watkin’s bro, attorney John Watkins is a member of the Friars. Their mom, Nancy, was a pal of White, when they both lived in Chappaqua, NY. . .Our town’s renowned criminal defense attorney Scott Rosenblum was spotted celebrating his recruitment of up-and-coming attorney Katie Hummel at Bob O’Laughlin’s hotspot 360. Between trading war stories with former Rosenblum protege Vanessa Antoniou, the barristers congratulated U. City’s own Cornell Haynes, II on the wrap of his next album and its first single, which Nelly expects to be released in April. Later, Rosenblum and Antoniou dined at Herbie’s ’72, pitching in between courses to extinguish a three-alarm fire in the kitchen. . .Many local companies trade on having familiar family names. But sometimes, a well-known last name is problematic for a business owner. Take Schlafly’s brewery. On its website’s FAQ’s it includes this: “Does Phyllis orAndrew Schlafly have anything to do with the brewery?” Phyllis Schlafly is brewery owner Tom Schlafly’s aunt by marriage. Andrew is Phyllis’ son and Tom Schlafly’s cousin. Neither Phyllis, nor Andrew Schlafly are involved with Schlafly Beer in any way. Why does this matter? Because Phyllis and Andy are conservative lawyers and activists whose political efforts are likely anethema to a big chunk of the brewery’s patron.