As the staffers of Bauer's ill-fated launch were picking up the pieces of their short-lived careers in Englewood Cliffs, they received an inadvertent forward from the mag's editor-in-chief, Maria Lissandrello, that was meant for the eyes of one staffer only. Some context: Lissandrello, unlike many of her staff (several of whom had started only on Monday, when the magazine shut down), was quickly installed at Women's World when Cocktail folded; she had been at First for Women before. Yeah, we get them confused too. The correspondence after the jump. (Later today, we'll have more on why you should think twice about accepting a job offer from Bauer. But for now, enjoy!)
Dear Maria, Sorry I had to leave, I wasn't sure if I was allowed to be there. Thanks for your support, good luck at Women's World.Be careful, folks. It's a jungle out there.
Please put in a good word to Hubert [Boehle, Bauer CEO] for me, it's ironic that Nick, who was fired for his incompetence, would get more severance than me. I thought I was doing an ok job. Although, Hubert hasn't contacted me, do you think I should call him? or Ilana?
On Tue, 10 Jul 2007 13:35:50 -0400
Maria Lissandrello wrote:
I feel utterly terrible today.
I already spoke to Hubert and asked about you. He said he is going to see.
I think it is perfectly okay for you to call Hubert yourself. I also beseeched him on Christine's behalf.
I hope we will work together someday. I don't know how long I am for this world, if you know what I mean.
All the best, [redacted]. Please keep in touch
To: Maria Lissandrello
Thanks Maria, I think I will wait to hear from him, I appreciate your help, thanks. In my experience with Bauer, I can't say that I have been treated fairly, and now I am pessimistic about what will happen next.
I am giving you my personal e-mail address again, and my phone number, let's definitely keep in touch, maybe have a drink in a few weeks, hopefully more will be clearer.
ps: cancelled the kitchen construction.
From: Maria Lissandrello
To: Cocktail Weekly Magazine
Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2007 10:00:42 -0400
Subject: Re: Until we meet again!
Yes, I want to plan on drinks for sure. I spoke to James last night, and I'm going to see Piper on Sunday.
I don't feel any better today. While I'm thankful I still have a job, I am miserable about the people I really cared about, including you.
I'm so sorry you had to cancel your kitchen project.