BREAKING THE UMBILICAL KORDA
Glossy power editor Michael Korda is a longtime master at working the press, but he's taking drastic measures to silence his only child, Chris, who seems to have inherited papa's gift for self-promotion. Evidently horrified by all the press attention that the Reverend Chris Korda's quirky Church of Euthanasia has been attracting, the elder Korda responded by siccing a lawyer on his 33-year-old son. "[Michael Korda's] lawyer called Chris and said, 'You're causing your parents a lot of pain and suffering,'" reports a source close to the situation, adding that the attorney demanded that Chris--a cross-dressing vegetarian and theoretical cannibal who insists on being referred to as "she"--either stop giving interviews or adopt a pseudonym until Michael retires from Simon & Schuster. The tactic seems to have worked: Reached by New York, Chris Korda adamantly refused to discuss her father, her father's work, or their relationship. But the Reverend has also refused to curtail her activities on behalf of the church, a Yippie-like Boston-based organization that is spearheading a write-in presidential campaign for the Unabomber. Despite the phone call, Chris has no hard feelings. "He says really nice things about both his parents," the source continues. Michael Korda did not return calls.