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GRAND magazine defies critics, celebrates one-year anniversary

By SCOTT BARANCIK
Published December 5, 2005


Experts said it wouldn't survive a year. But GRAND magazine is defying the odds.

Launched in the fall of 2004 by Gulfport couple Christine Crosby and Jonathan Micocci, the grandparent-aimed mag recently turned a year old. The December/January issue, featuring actor (and grandmother) Blythe Danner, is now in bookstores and newsstands.

Though audited circulation data aren't available, GRAND has received several valuable plugs in its short life, including a mention on David Letterman's Late Night show and Crosby's interview with Al Roker on the Today show's New York set. The gimmick that landed GRAND on Letterman's show was last year's contest for sexiest grandparent, won by actor Harrison Ford.

Anyone interested in casting a vote in this year's contest can do so at www.grandmagazine.com Nominees include such heartthrobs as comedian Bill Cosby, television commentator Cokie Roberts and former race-car driver Mario Andretti.