Star Tracks

updated 07/16/1979 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/16/1979 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Aznavour basks
"You have to have senses in life—a sense of humor and a sense of amour," philosophizes French troubadour Charles Aznavour, 55, sounding a bit like one of his lyrics. Yet between a rigorous 80-country tour and the start of his annual summer circuit of the U.S., he seemed mostly to have a sense of domesticity, as he sunned in St.-Tropez with third wife Ulla and their three kids, the eldest of whom is Katia, 9 (above). "When you come home from the stage, you are a man and a husband," he observed, in a burst of homage to conjugality. "One must never be a star," he added, as a sort of coda. "That is of a time past."

Bells for Anita
Singer Anita Ward is more at home on the disco floor, where her song Ring My Bell is the current smash, but on a promo tour one doesn't ask for whom it tolls. In Manchester her flacks booked her into Morris dancing, a vigorous English folk gig with Moorish origins that chimed well with her hype since its all-male practitioners are dripping with bells. Nothing back in Memphis prepared Anita for this, but she gamely had a go with a pair of Morris masters. Asked what she really thought of the tinkle-toes, Ward said: "I'm not really that sort of dancer."

Congress busses
Getting smooched by two married men is an odd way to champion monogamy. But New Jersey's Rep. Millicent Fenwick lured two senators, Maryland's Charles Mathias (left) and Iowa's Roger Jepsen, to a wedding cake at a D.C. press conference. It was just an act of Congress though. The three Republicans co-sponsored bills to end U.S. tax law bias against couples in "two-earner" households. That, in effect, penalizes marriage and favors living in sin. Their proposed law, adds divorcée Fenwick, is just a tax cut, not an incentive to nuptials: That must stem from "hopefully, natural affection."

Nugent's flat
In the wild and hairy off-road Celebrity Challenge Race on the indoor dirt track in L.A.'s Coliseum, decathlon champ Bruce Jenner and rock guitarist Ted Nugent were careening Jeep to Jeep, up man-made hills and even up the stadium stairs, until, just at the finish, Nugent had a blowout. Jenner, a ringer with some road experience, won, but Nugent still came in third—behind L.A. Ram Fred Dryer, but ahead (in that order) of singers Lou Rawls and Charley Pride, TV's Judy (Waltons) Norton-Taylor and Robert (CHiPs) Pine. Dead last: chanteuse Vikki Carr.

The Greatest is out
Muhammad Ali says he has retired and, to prove he's serious this time, claims he turned down $50 million to fight South Africa's Gerrie Coetzee. But he couldn't resist two farewell matches in New Jersey. His far from formidable foes were Jersey City Mayor Tommie Smith and Gov. Brendan Byrne (above, in the doubtful protection of a down vest). Smith, who trained for weeks and dropped 20 pounds, actually landed a few real punches. But it was for fund raising (a medical center) and fun—and so was the dive Ali took.

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