Visiting the Dallas-Fort Worth area to plead her husband's case, Rosalynn Carter stopped at the YMCA's Amon Carter (no relation) Camp, whose facilities include Beep. That's a baseball game for the blind with a ball that beeps to help players track it, and bases that also emit sounds. But it was just about then that the First Lady decided she has been touching too many bases and maybe beeping a little too much. Of course, before heading home to Washington she inspected another feature of the Texas Y, an obstacle trail for the handicapped that the Carters might like to lead the whole populace through. It's called the "Confidence Course."
No, that's not what you get when you cross the Doors with the Cowsills (remember them?). The Doorsills are what you might call the ad hoc fan club that formed around Scott Baio, 18, the other night at Marriott's Great America Park in Santa Clara, Calif. Scott, who plays the Fonz's cousin Chachi on Happy Days, is touring as a singer during the series' summer hiatus and was the cynosure of all after a claque of teeny-boppers spied a gap under the backstage door. Throwing themselves into the breach, they handed up programs, scrap paper and autograph books for Baio to sign. Assured that their reach exceeded their grasp, Scott hesitantly acceded. But his apprehension was understandable. The night before, a girl rushed onstage and knocked the 5'6" throb on his keester. Alibied Baio: "She blindsided me."
Golfer Ben Crenshaw prides himself on his putting. So he was particularly steamed during the third round of the Philadelphia Classic when he blew a birdie on the sixth green. In typical duffer fashion, he flung his club skyward. But the Crenshaw putter seldom misses twice. It came down squarely on his cranium. Thus reminded that in golf, tantrums are a no-win strategy, the pro retrieved the club, tapped in the putt for par and went on to tie for eighth, collecting a purse of $7,250.
Ray is sweet
Undefeated in 23 pro fights, Sugar Ray Leonard finally met his match—twice—while visiting the handicapped kids at the Meeting Street School in East Providence, R.I. Ray, sparring on his knees, took the count in a prelim with Jason Pisano, 7, a manually handicapped boy who had learned to box with his feet, then proved a pushover for a wary Kimberly Gauthier, 3 (left). Said an obviously moved Leonard: "My girlfriend's sister is handicapped, and I feel I should devote time to kids who are less fortunate than I am."
Jordan et Pisier
When French actress Marie-France Pisier caught Woody Allen's Interiors, she leaked that she'd love to work with Richard Jordan, who played Diane Keaton's husband. She got her wish: The two are starring in a six-hour ABC movie of Ernest Lehman's novel The French Atlantic Affair, to be aired in November. A caper about a religious cult leader's plot to hijack a luxury liner, it has an all-star cast (Shelley Winters, Louis Jourdan) and Paris scenery (like Notre Dame here), but Pisier's part is déjà vu to those who can bear to recall The Other Side of Midnight. A call girl this time, she wreaks vengeance on the villainous lover (Jordan). Was Richard worth waiting for? Americans may never know, unless they catch the sexier, unexpurgated European version.
Linda's new lift
Actress Linda Blair, 20, has not yet exorcised all the legal demons stemming from her cocaine bust in 1977. Though the more serious felony charges were dropped, she awaits sentence on a misdemeanor rap. Meanwhile, the lift she's getting from U.S. singles skating champ Jim Bray is strictly legal. He's her co-star in a new film, Roller Boogie, in which Linda plays a bored Beverly Hills musical prodigy. Yes, she's possessed again, but this time by Bray's enthusiasm and the insidious roller disco beat.