100th Anni fest – the way it was

Siliverman clan hosts 3 days of glorious nostalgia

For all ex-muggs and lovers of the old Variety who were unable to attend all or part of the 100th Anni celebration in New York (Sept. 23-25), here’s the next best thing: a full report on the goings-on as remembered by PETER BESAS, with occasional behind-the-scenes insights added.

Mag’s Muggs Mix at Showbiz Shindig

Gleaned from the NY Sun’s Knickerbocker column


Syd Silverman, the former Variety magazine president whose grandfather founded the publication a century ago, held a 100th anniversary party Saturday (Sept. 24) at Sardi’s. The gathering was a warm reunion of staffers who worked at the publication before it was sold to Cahners in 1987.

NY Times details muggs reunion

100th anni bash a select event at Sardi’s

In the August 15 edition of the New York Times under the heading “Centennial Party and Reunion, Combined” Lia Miller wrote:

There will be a 100th birthday party in New York for the entertainment trade magazine Variety, but not all of the publication’s managers are invited.

Syd & Joan in London

Meets with ex-staffers, discusses 100th anni


A few events have occurred that prompt a minor effort in reportorial updating. On June 12, Joan and Syd Silverman arrived in London for a week’s stay, prior to a quickie trip to Italy. The occasion naturally prompted some of us to organize a pleasant get-together over dinner. No-one took a lot of convincing.