James Brady, who did Parade magazine's "In Step With" column for almost 25 years, has died, according to news reports. He was 80.
Though most people knew of Brady through his Parade column, he was a fixture in the New York media scene. He created the New York Post’s “Page Six” gossip column and had a regular byline at Women’s Wear Daily. He also wrote New York magazine’s “Intelligencer” column for several years.
He was a veteran of the Korean War and wrote several books about the conflict, including 1990’s “The Coldest War.”
Brady’s breezy interviews in Parade were a back-page fixture in the Sunday supplement. His last one, according to Parade, will be on Kevin Bacon and will run February 15.
– From news services
I have grown up with Parade. I first read the inside question answers.
Then flip to the back for Jim Brady's "In Step" interview, then I go to "ask Marilyn"
and if I'm interested in the cover story I go to that. This has been my routine for 15 years. He will be missed as an American Sunday morning fixture. Thank you Jim Brady for bringing much needed quick light hearted fluff to my weekend when the rest of the paper is filled with doom.
May God be with you. Aloha!!!!!!!!
I will miss Mr. Brady's column, it was one thing on my weekly "to do" list. I rarely missed a column, it was enjoyable reading material in which I did not have to worry about the columnist attempting to slander his interviewee. It was pleasant and intelligent reading and something to look forward to at week's end.
I bet he was every bit as nice as his work on this column.
My condolences to his family and friends.
Ed, You sound like a bitter journalist! Thank god you are not writing James Brad's epitath.
Ed, what is wrong with you?
I love reading James Brady's column in Parade with my Sunday paper. He never seemed to have a hidden agenda with the celebrities he spoke to. He wasn't trying to subtly put them down or do any backstabbing. He took them at face value. Parade will not be the same without him.
You don't sound like a very nice person at all.
Having met Mr. Brady on numerous occasions, he was always a gentleman when I dealt with him. I saw him a couple of days before his death and was very saddened to read about it. He will be missed greatly. My condolences go out to his family.
Laurie- totally agree with your comment. I looked forward to his column every Sunday. Mr. Brady will be missed...He always brought class to his articles. Ed – maybe you could learn a couple of things from that!
They should publish a book of his In Step articles – or a series of books and use the profits for a cause (or causes) dear to the heart of James Brady. RIP.
Brady's column is one of three things I read in Parade, so I will miss this a lot.
It seems as if Ed may be jealous because he does not have a syndicated column and no one cares about what he writes, until he criticizes someone else more accomplished than him. I for one will miss Mr.Brady's column who provided a little bit of lightheartedness in contrast of our otherwise, heavily burdened work week. Well done sir! You will be missed.
I grew up reading the Sunday paper with my parents, and the first thing I looked for was Parade magazine and James' interviews. I enjoyed his lighthearted and easygoing interview style. He will be greatly missed.
My goodness, Ed. Is that it's come down to for the authors of the world? Our writing isn't worth anything unless we get an award for it. Gee, that would seem to leave a lot of worthy authors out in the cold. So Brady's "In Step With" column was a happy little peek into an actor's life. If that doesn't float your boat, don't read it. But don't knock what he did, either. From what I read, he did his homework, and came up with fresh, interesting angles on the actors he interviewed. That's not as easy as you make it out to be. Perhaps if you actually spent time with the prose of 2nd graders, you'd see the truth in that.
Please folks, if you can't say something nice, why do you imagine someone else would want to read it? Geez, get outside, learn to smile again and get a life.
yes John is right James Brady has done amazing writing, like "The Coldest War", "Marines of Autumn", "Why Marines Fight" and many other books about his experiences as a marine in the Korean war.
he will be remembered as a marine, a great writer, and an amazing man
Hey, Ed...read "The Coldest War" and tell me if that is fluff!
I have read Parade every week since I was a kid and the inside covers have always been a favorite. These days, In Step With was perfect for me to get in between my coffee and my kids on a Sunday morning. This is a man who did celebrity interviews that were respectful and always shared a bit of info that was new and interesting. The man has passed. If you're not into celebrity news, that's fine - a lot of people don't care, but at least show some respect. He made a living doing it and did it well.
I grew up reading the Sunday times around the family breakfast table and Brady's lighthearted interviews in the back of Parade were something I enjoyed. They weren't anything stupendous, the interviews weren't deep or enlightening but it was a little lighthearted cap off a morning of heavy news and they were fun reading. Does a journalist have to win a Pulitzer to be acknowledged after death...I think not. He was like a friend who you touch base with every Sunday morning – and that alone deserves a little acknowledgement.
please don't tell us that you are a journalism student.
Honey, if you never read page 6, you never read anything worth reading! page 6 is the ONLY piece of rag worth the ink!
Ed, Why did you feel compelled to say that?
Mr. Brady, you will be missed. From one Marine to another, good job and Semper Fi!
For many years, I always looked forward to Mr. Brady's column in the
Sunday Parade. I send my deepest sympathy to his family. He will
I would be happy to be that second grader. A good solid gig. Parade, I am here if you need me and you would only have to change the last name. RIP James Brady. Get ready for James II.
"In Step With", like the rest of Parade magazine, is breezy fluff, a public relations agent's best friend. I am sorry to hear that Brady, or anyone for that matter has died. However, it is not surprising that there is no mention of Brady ever winning any type of journalistic award in his obituary. "In Step With" could have been written by a second-grader with a crayon, given the weighty topics that it covered!
WHAT LOSS FOR PARADE-
I spoke with him when I worked as a PR assistant in Hollywood to coordinate an interview. He seemed a genuinely nice man, I'm sure he'll be missed.
This is sad. I have enjoyed his interviews through the years. Parade Magazine is one of my favorite reads with my Sunday Paper. RIP James Brady.
I believe the article said who he was.
who is Kagome?
How sad! I used to read Parade a lot. Every now and then I will read it. I can't imagine Parade with out his "In Step With" column.
Who is James Brady?
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