Star Tracks

updated 06/20/1983 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/20/1983 01:00AM

Kudos for a Kennedy
It was business as usual for Brown University's graduating class of 1983, but one of the 1,400 graduates attracted notably more attention than the rest. John F. Kennedy Jr., 22, son of the late President and Jackie, left those hallowed halls with a degree in history and plans to take the Law School Admission Test. Flanked by his mother and sister Caroline, John joined a crowd at Sayles Hall for a pregraduation speech by his uncle, Sen. Ted Kennedy, who labeled the B-1 bomber "a supersonic Edsel in the sky" and the MX "a missile without a mission." Added the Senator, "I know how much my brother Jack cherished John's future, and how proud he would be if he could be here today."

Captain Fantastic vs. Peking Pong
When British rocker Elton John, 36, titled his latest hit LP Too Low for Zero, he could easily have been referring to his prowess at the Ping-Pong table. As chairman of England's Watford Football Club, a professional soccer team, John accepted an invitation from the Chinese Football Association to join the team for a three-match tour of the country, journeying from Peking to Shanghai and back again. After being feted at a special reception held at the British Embassy, John and his mates played tourist, tripping off to the Great Wall. In Peking, John was defeated at table tennis, 2-0, by a Chinese teenager, Li Dequn, but Watford compensated for their boss's loss of face: They beat the Chinese National Team 3-0 in the first soccer match.

Second calling
They say the Lord works in mysterious ways, and the ordination last week of convicted Watergate conspirator Jeb Stuart Magruder, 48, at the First Presbyterian Church in Burlingame, Calif. seems to confirm it. After spending seven months in prison in the mid-'70s, Magruder earned a divinity degree from the Princeton Theological Seminary. He began working at the church nine months ago. Said the now Reverend Magruder, "I feel I am quite a different man from the one who served in the Nixon Administration."

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