CHRISTINA Onassis's Russian husband, who already has a glass eye from a previous injury, suffered what could have been a blinding injury in California last week when a surfer slammed into him on the beach off La Jolla.
The surfboard struck Sergei Kauzov right across the eyes. His wife was on the phone to her New York office immediately, close friends say, trying to decide whether to fly him to a specialist in New York or bring the doctor to him.
No further details of the injury's effects are known at the moment.
Christina and Sergei were supposed to be guests that night at a party given in their honor by her former husband, Joe Bolker, who is also now married to a Russian, the former Victoria Leonova.
The foursome had already dined together earlier in the week. The party took place anyway in the "Forty Carrots," the Bloomingdale's health food chain of which Bolker is one of the owners.
The Russian government doesn't seem to have put any restrictions on Christina's Jet Set lifestyle. The couple had flown 22 hours from London just to frolic for a few days on what Christina says is her favorite beach in the world and were planning to leave last Friday for San Moritz.
The only indication that perhaps the KGB was maybe hovering somewhere in the background was the conspicuous presense of a personal maid and two burly "drivers" who travel everywhere with Mr. and Mrs. Kausov.
Atlantic Richfield board chairman Robert O. Anderson, who used to drop by the White House and talk about energy matters with buddy Jerry Ford whenever he was in Washington, had fixed the former president up with a plush suite of offices on the 23rd floor of the Arco Tower building in Los Angeles.
According to Arco employes, Ford was to have free use of the space as the $18,000-a-year president of the Eisenhower Exchange Fellowship, of which Anderson is now chairman emeritus. Anderson and Ford planned to move the nonprofit Philadelphia-based foundation to the West Coast because it would have been more "convenient" for them out there. But the board of directors voted them down, a spokesman said last week.
The suite, which Ford was using regularly as a base of operations whenever he came into Los Angeles from his Palm Springs compound, has been vacated.Atlantic Richfield is re-doing them for their own use.
The presidency of the Eisenhower Exchange Fellowships, an organization that brings visiting foreign leaders to the U.S., was Ford's most prestigious job offer after he left Washington. The foundation sponsored a luncheon at New York's exclusive Union Club in 1977, where Ford made his first major foreign policy address after leaving office.
Not everyone on the board was happy with Ford's appointment in the first place, considering him too "political," one source says. But they went along with Anderson in giving him the job as long as he appeared to be out of office permanently and was fondly remembered -- as Anderson once put it -- as a "popular caretaker" who had helped the country through a bad period.
Then Ford began to look and sound more like a 1980 contender. He couldn't use the Arco suite unless the foundation's name was on the door and the board vetoed the move to California that could have put them right in the middle of his political activities.
Former California Rep. Robert L. Leggett has separated from the wife who loyally campaigned for his reelection during "Koreagate" despite his embarrassing disclosures then that he had a current girlfriend and a former mistress who had borne him two illegitimate children.
Leggett, who left Congress with the announcement he was tired of "all the gossip and garbage" about his love life, moved out of his Lake Barcroft house in suburban Virginia months ago. Suzi Park Thomson, the Korean-born aide to former House Spreaker Carl Albert whose close ties to the Korean Central Intelligence Agency caused a lot of Leggett's troubles, has been acting as his hostess at parties recently and riding around in the sometimes-chauffeured silver Cadillac that is one of the perks of his biggest new lobbying account.
Among those who hired Leggett to represent them on Capitol Hill when he left politics was the Joint Maritime Congress, which paid him a reported $100,000 a year as president of the organization.
Thomson is no longer working as a "hostess and congressional liaison" at Gregory Tu's "Orchid Seven" restaurant in Georgetown. Despite the number of congressmen who flocked there after Thomson was hired to give it her personal "our-home-is-your-home" touch, Tu's establishment is reportedly about to close.
Steve Martindale, the young lawyer who has gone about as far and as fast as social-climbing can take you in Washington unless someone makes him an ambassador, is now lobbying for the king of Morocco . . . Fellow members of Billy Carter's at the Americus Country Club claim he has been kicked out for not paying his bill. No so, maintains the manager. Billy, he says, has merely been put on the "inactive" list, and declines to discuss how much Billy must ante up in order to be reinstated . . . Charles Kirbo, in charge of the blind trust that controls the Carter family's peanut warehouse business, may have found a buyer. Last week, he was seen by local Plains residents showing the premises to members of the Williams family, which already owns a rival business nearby.
. . . Saudi Arabian financier Adnan Khashoggi may be worried about what his wife said to the Securities and Exchange Commission here recently about alleged payoffs he made to American politicians and corporate executives. He was meant to worry and the strategy may go a long way toward settling the Khashoggis' billion-dollar divorce suit out of court. Actually, Soraya Khashoggi hasn't said anything yet. Shet just listened as investigators outlined the scope of what they would like her to talk about unless she decides to invoke a wife-cannot-testify-against-her-husband privilege when she returns here later this month for another session.
Soraya Khashoggi's SEC visit was supposed to be a closely held secret. But her lawyer, Marvin Mitchelson, who is beginning to get more publicity than his celebrity clients (and is writing a handbook on how to get what's coming to you for Simon and Schuster) is too smart to miss the psychological impact picture-taking coverage of the event would have on her husband and his lawyers.
CBS's "60 Minutes" has been trying to persuade former General Services Administrator Jay Solomon to go on camera for a tell-all interview that could add to President Carter's image problems.
Sources close to Solomon say that one of the disclosures Solomon is being pressured to make is that it was the president himself who personally ordered the firing last year of House Speaker Tip O'Neill's longtime protege at the GSA, Robert T. Griffin.
The president, according to those who know Solomon's side, allowed him and Hamilton Jordan take the heat when O'Neill went on a rampage and forced the White House to give Griffin an even more prestigious $50,000-a-year job at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.