Panama was one country that was not only willing, but actually eager, to have the shah of Iran settle permamently there, says an expert who has been involved in the search for a Central or South American haven for the homeless monarch.

The shah declined Panama's invitation the first time because he did not like the climate.

John Golden, also known as "The Right Rev. Billy Peaches," the Hamilton Jordan friend who is court jester to the Carter Administration, was wearing medals pinned to his tuxedo at the Democratic fund-raiser last week. They were his "good conduct medals," he told anyone who asked . . . Lucie Langhorn, the Carter kin-by-marriage who just moved out of the White House after a nearly three-month stay, used to date David Kennedy. Their friendship predated his drug troubles in a harlem hotel . . . Eastern Shore artist Tara Moore recently sold a picture to Burt Reynolds. He called from Switzerland to order a print of "Chow Time," which shows a Labrador puppy looking guilty standing over a bag of spilled dog food . . .

. . . There stood all those eager young autograph hounds, waiting with pads and pencils, when national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski stepped out of his limousine at the "Star Trek" premiere the other night. But before he could scribble "Zbig" on a single book, he was nearly trampled in the crush to get at "Commander Kirk," William Shatner . . .

. . . Amy Carter HATES practicing the violin, says someone who knows, and tries to skip it when her mother is off campaigning . . .

. . . Maryland police officials in several jurisdictions are more than normally interested in a boot-encased leg which washed ashore recently from the Chespeake Bay onto a beach in the community of Herald Harbor. Because the leg had been in the water more than a year, investigators are trying to determine if there might be a connection to the mysterious death of former CIA official John Paisley, whose badly decomposed body was pulled from the bay on Oct. 1, 1978, with a bullet hole behind the left ear.