Kindled by the Oak Ridge Boys' good deeds on behalf of youth (and by their hot pop single, Elvira), Troop 60 of the Colonial Coast Girl Scout Council in Tidewater, Va. emblazoned the country & Western group with pins making them honorary Girl Scouts. The Oaks, already 1981 spokesmen for the Boy Scouts, stood tall for the ceremony before a Williamsburg concert. "It was quite an honor," said bass singer Richard Sterban. "The image we portray to young people is very important to us." The girls also wrote a poem calling the Oaks "handsome, sexy and sweet." Can the Boy Scouts top that?
Of course Marion Ross, 52, and Ron Howard, 27, love Tom Bosley, 53. They're family—on rerun TV, anyway. But so does PATH (Performing Arts Theater of the Handicapped), which honored him at a star-heavy benefit bash at L.A.'s Playboy Mansion. For years Bosley has brought happy days to many of the disabled in PATH'S drama workshop. About three-quarters of its 100 students have snagged performing jobs since he helped founder Robert Cole set up the local organization in 1979.
Though Little House on the Prairie may do-si-do off the tube after this season, Melissa Gilbert, 17, is definitely not-on her last legs. A May high school grad, Melissa was "just hanging out with a few friends" at L.A.'s Cattle Baron Club. Her blossoming style, though, could have stemmed from NBC's just wrapped remake of Splendor in the Grass. In the story of a girl's passionate awakening, Melissa plays the Natalie Wood role, while newcomer Cyril O'Reilly pitches woo like Warren Beatty did in the 1961 movie.
As the Earth Turns
When her pal Michelle Triola Marvin (right) caught her cabaret act at a Manhattan supper club, soap queen Eileen Fulton (left) sang Doggie Bag, a spoof on the high cost of food. But Fallen Tears and Broken Promises, the flip side of Eileen's new single, might have been more appropriate for Michelle. Her $104,000 palimony award from Lee Marvin recently had been overturned by a California court. Eileen, after 21 wrenching years on As the World Turns, knows something about that. Real-life experiences, she sighs, often turn up "written into my part."
While Mary, 12, and Stella, 9, were at the beach with a sitter, Paul McCartney barefooted it to the A&P in tony East Hampton, minding 3-year-old James Luis so mom Linda could shop for groceries. The two-week vacation on Long Island was a family break from the reported John Lennon tribute LP Paul is cutting with Stevie Wonder and Ringo Starr (but minus George Harrison). McCartney's workadaddy guise fooled no fans, however. Surrounded by suntanned admirers, Paul, now 39, complained that the fuss was clipping his Wings: "It's almost as though fame doesn't have rights."
Pride of the Nelson stable
It wasn't Ozzie and Harriet but a Beverly Hills screening of son David Nelson's new movie, Carnauba, that brought out mom Harriet, 67, his wife, Yvonne, 38, and her sons by a previous marriage, Eric, 16, and John, 22. Director David, 44 (right), has inherited his late father's laconic style as well as his looks. About the film, based on a prize stallion's "horsenapping," David allows, "I learned a lot about horse racing."