MAYBE THAT'S WHY WE HAVE A TWO-PARTY SYSTEM: This is the sort of thing that, if uncorrected, would drive historians around the bend 200 years from now. Norman Sandler, a White House correspondent for UPI, was quizzing President Reagan at a press conference in Chicago about his South African policies. During the questioning, Sandler said that Reagan's speech on South Africa had been met with "a bipartisan chorus of boos on Capitol Hill." The White House transcript of the press conference quoted Sandler as saying "a bipartisan chorus of booze." Sandler caught the error and notified the President's embarrassed staff, which quickly yanked the transcripts out of circulation.
SHE AIN'T HEAVY: Appearing on the cruise ship Norway, the reconstituted Mamas and Papas were joined by another name from the '60s—Scott McKenzie, whose song San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair)was an anthem of flower children everywhere. Mackenzie Phillips, now one of the singing group, introduced him as "my godfather" and said, "He carried me home from the hospital." Scott turned to his often-troubled godchild and noted, "I've carried you home quite a few times since."
AT LEAST HE DIDN'T SIOUX: Fred Grandy used to enjoy sunny skies and smooth sailing as Gopher on The Love Boat, but then he gave up all that for politics. Grandy, 38, the Republican candidate for the House of Representatives from Iowa's sixth district (which includes Sioux City) got into hot water when his Democratic rival, Clayton Hodgson, charged that Grandy made disparaging remarks about the state in appearances on The Tonight Show in 1982 and 1984. Grandy responded by releasing the tapes. It turned out that perhaps his most damaging comment was when he described Sioux City's annual Rivercade festival as "like a big testimonial to ringworm." He also told Johnny Carson on the 1984 show, "I'm from the Sioux City ghetto. It's a tough ghetto, not a big one. Last year they tore it down and put up a Fotomat on the spot." Grandy dismisses the whole incident. "While my opponents are self-righteously portraying themselves as true lowans," he says, "they've behaved more like cheap gossip columnists than anything I've ever heard in Hollywood."
PUTTING ON HEIRS: The father is every inch the English gentleman farmer in his tweed cap, corduroy trousers and drab green jacket. His little son wears green Wellingtons, red pants and a puffy striped jacket. The father is counting sheep; the son is helping. It is a typical English scene, but in this case the father and son are Prince Charles and Prince William. The two were seen last week in a BBC documentary about Charles's duties as Duke of Cornwall, one of his many titles. The show, however, nearly lost one of its players midway through the filming. Precocious William, 4, decided that slogging about in sheep country wasn't really his thing and pulled a short work stoppage. But even royals have their price: William was persuaded to continue only after he was allowed to munch on cookies left over from breakfast.