BURNING BUSH: Vice-President George Bush may have ample experience in foreign relations, but he is still learning about the Soviet sense of humor. At an official dinner last December, during the Washington visit of Russian leader Mikhail Gorbachev and his wife, Raisa, Bush was seated next to the Soviet First Lady. During the course of the evening's entertainment, Bush appreciatively ogled a sexy singer in a flimsy gown and confided jokingly to Raisa, "Ooohhh, I think I'm falling in love." Upon hearing the translation of his remark, Raisa warned him coldly, "You'd better not. Remember what happened to Gary Hart." Bush ventured no additional light comments.

FAST WOMEN, PRETTY CARS: Former Indy 500 champion Danny Sullivan wants to keep his track record free of excessively affectionate female fans. "I've had a girlfriend for six years now [decorator Julie Nini], yet some women still push through and make a play even though she's standing next to me," says Danny, who's racing in the Marlboro Grand Prix in New Jersey's Meadowlands on July 24. "They'll ask to take a picture with me, hand the camera to my girlfriend and, while I'm putting my arm around them, posing, they'll grab my rear end. I've also had them tell me that if I step behind the bus, they'll [guarantee a rewarding experience]." Sullivan, nicely, just says no. "We're in the entertainment business, and you have to be careful not to offend anyone."

PILLOW BALK: Daytime's reigning princess of promiscuity, Andrea Evans, who plays Tina Clayton on ABC's One Life to Live, says the passion in her love scenes is all an act. "I never enjoy doing a love scene," she says. "It's the most unromantic thing you can imagine. Fifty people stand around, and you're under the sheets wearing flesh-colored clothing while the stage manager pinches your toes to give you your cues." Despite her character's wanton ways, Andrea herself isn't as liberated. "I once had a love scene with an actor and got into bed only to find he was completely naked under the sheets. I jumped right out and made him put his clothes back on. I guess he found that funny. I was really embarrassed."

ROD NO LONGER REELS: Now that rocker Rod Stewart is about to marry model Kelly Emberg (she's his longtime girlfriend and the mother of his third child, Ruby, 1), here's hoping he'll be a better husband to her than he was to Alana Hamilton, from whom he separated in 1983. "I was very, very selfish in those days," he told London's Sunday Express Magazine. "Even when Alana was seven or eight months pregnant, I was still getting her to wear short skirts and high-heeled shoes. Actually I did that to Kelly too, but Kelly's a lot younger and she didn't mind." Ever the gentleman, Rod continued to make unflattering comparisons between Kelly and his ex. "Kelly allows me the freedom to do what I want," he said. "That doesn't mean I stay out all night and womanize, she just allows me more space. Alana was much more possessive. I suppose she had to be, really, because I didn't want to get married."

IT'S CONCEIVABLE: NBC entertainment chief Brandon Tartikoff thinks Thursday night is prime time for couples to start a family. "It's the most fertile night on TV, first with Meredith Baxter Birney on Family Ties [since moved to Sundays], then Rhea Perl-man and Shelley Long on Cheers, then Phylicia Rashad on The Cosby Show, then Markie Post on Night Court, and now Lisa Bonet [A Different World]," says Tartikoff, ticking off the actresses who have had babies in real life while doing duty on NBC shows. His conclusion? "If you want to get pregnant,' if you're having trouble having a baby, you and your husband should get on one of our Thursday night shows, and you'll be in an immaculate conception situation before you know it."