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updated 08/17/1987 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/17/1987 01:00AM

MEMORY LAME: While his eminent dad's recollective powers have come under increased questioning, Ron Reagan, 29, says he himself suffers from an inability to remember names. "In high school," the President's son says, "I used to go out with people on dates and not remember who I was with. For the life of me I couldn't remember the person's name. I could just remember the address to take them home." By that time they no doubt were ready to go.

PEANUT BITTER: She's traveled more than 250,000 miles, visited 45 states, met dozens of movie stars and received unsolicited marriage proposals, but after nearly a year as Miss America, Kellye Cash still hasn't had a rendezvous with Ronald Reagan. "I'm the first Miss America in years and years and years not to meet the President," gripes Cash. "I'm the first Navy dependent to win the pageant, and I'm so patriotic and all. I just think it's a shame. I get kind of upset when I hear about 'Little Miss Peanut Grove Meets the President.' Like when some of the little junior things—misses—meet the President, I think, now hold on, this is the Miss America pageant, the original one, the American tradition." Cooling her jets, Kellye adds magnanimously, "Of course, the President has been busy this year. I'll admit that."

DESIGNING HER FUTURE: Paul and Linda McCartney's daughter Stella, 16, dreamed for years of becoming a fashion designer. To give her a taste of the fashion world, her parents sent her to Paris this summer to help out the hottest new couturier, Christian Lacroix. For four intense days leading up to the designer's first solo show, Stella pitched in by holding pins, fetching hats and hanging up clothes. By the time it was over she was exhausted—and having second thoughts about her career choice. "I'm not sure I want to be a designer now," she says. "It's so much work. I never imagined it like that." Guess she couldn't cut it.

CRAZY EIGHTS: Who could blame Burt Lancaster for not knowing that Zsa Zsa Gabor remarried last August? "So, how's your love life?" he casually inquired at an AIDS benefit in Los Angeles. "I'm married," Zsa Zsa shot back, "to a prince" (Prince Frederick von Anhalt, Duke of Saxony). "Well, Princess, what number is this?" queried Lancaster. "Eight," said Zsa Zsa. "Isn't eight enough?"

HAIR TODAY: As L.A. Law's lady-killing cad Arnie, Corbin Bernsen, 32, often gets by on smarmy charm and good looks. But the actor, who won an Emmy nomination this year, maintains he's a natural kind of guy who keeps his physical gifts in perspective. "I have no problem with the aging process of life," says the 6' blond actor. "My hair is receding, but that's okay. If my hair goes, then I'll just put on a toupee." One more personal announcement Corbin would like to make about his golden mane: "I don't peroxide it either."

THE NAME GAME: It seemed, for a bit, that young Windsor Princes William and Harry would pull off their descent into the world of simple folk unnoticed. Escorted by their nanny and two detectives, the titled tots visited a terribly public park in the center of London to play among, well, you know. But royal-watching knows no age. Commoner Kerry Andrews, 10, pointed suspiciously at wild Wills and asked one of the detectives, "Who is that little boy?" By all reports, the detective tried to avert a scene by telling the little girl, "His name's Roger." Wills wasn't buying. "No, it's not! My name is William," shouted the 5-year-old Prince, whose full name is actually William Arthur Philip Louis. Kerry, for one, was impressed, and not just by Wills's honesty. "I think he is very nice," she said. "And very cute."

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