Stockard Channing recently starred as Rizzo, Grease's female sleaze—and apparently hasn't outgrown the part. Celebrating at L.A.'s Chasen's restaurant following a screening of her CBS TV movie, Silent Victory: The Kitty O'Neil Story, Stockard playfully put some chocolate mousse on her spoon, held it back with her finger—and accidentally let go. The missile missed her producer husband, David Debin, but struck a well-dressed patron squarely in one lens of his eyeglasses. The well-born, Radcliffe-educated actress rushed to apologize, but the man called her "reckless and destructive" and warned, "You'll hear from my attorney." When her spouse asked later if she recognized the man, Stockard deadpanned, "No—but he looks like Moshe Dayan." The stranger's attorney has yet to be heard from.
Nearer My Goal to Thee
"The first six shows I did I was so nervous I was awful," recalls CBS' NFL Today hostess Jayne Kennedy. "I got all kinds of raps for not knowing anything about football. I knew I wasn't that dumb—I've been connected with sports all my life—but my knowledge just wasn't coming through because I was so nervous." What to do? Well, the solution was obvious to Jayne, a devout Christian. "Just before the show one day," she recounts, "I prayed. 'Lord,' I said, 'give me the peace of mind and the strength to be calm. And if it be Your will, let me be good and exciting on this show.' " For whatever reason, the ratings improved slightly by the end of the football season, and if it is all a little reminiscent of Bobby Bare's country spiritual Dropkick Me, Jesus (Through the Goal Post of Life), well, the network has just rehired Kennedy for the 1979-80 season.
I Shot a Skylab into the Air...
How worried is NASA that debris from the 85-ton Skylab, due to fall to earth this summer, may land in a populated area? Well, so far the experts have soft-pedaled that scenario, pointing out that most of the satellite will disintegrate and vaporize on reentry and that since it passes over oceans for about 70 percent of its orbit, the odds are it will land in the water. But, just in case, the Administration has begun to organize a contingency planning group, involving NASA, the State and Justice departments and the Pentagon, to deal with damages and claims. Admits a NASA spokesman: "We are responsible, and we are liable."
Israeli Minister of Defense Ezer Weizmann thinks his country is too demanding in its peace discussions with Egypt, and he isn't happy about it. "The way we drag and drag these negotiations is disgusting," says Weizmann. "It's like someone proposing marriage to a girl and then all the way to the altar he keeps hissing to his bride-to-be, 'I don't like your bowed legs. Your eyes are crossed. Why is your hair so dull and straggly?' So what kind of marriage will this be?"
"From a group point of view," says the Who guitarist Pete Townshend, the death of drummer Keith Moon (by drug overdose) five months ago "was the most positive thing that could have happened. The Who had been simply grinding to a halt. We didn't want to make any decisions or do anything in particular. We were sleepwalking toward a cliff." Now, says Townshend, "We're really excited about getting going again."
•At a convention of stations affiliated with the troubled No. 3 network, NBC (with which he has a lucrative contract), Henry Kissinger declared that he had taken a break from his memoir writing just to speak to them. "I've written 2,500 pages about the struggle for power in high places," he revealed. "And that's after only two years with NBC."
•David Soul—Starsky and Hutch's blond half—expounding on his spat-prone relationship with actress Lynne Marta: "We're sort of still together. But...well, we're known as the Bickersons. Everyone in Hollywood spends hours saying, 'I love you.' Well, I don't."