Some random notes on U.S. News & World Report publisher Mortimer B. Zuckerman's farewell party Monday for his editor, Marvin Stone, who was leaving after 25 years at the magazine. Chief of Protocol Selwa (Lucky) Roosevelt looked around the vast, ornate Departmental Auditorium where the black-tie dinner was held and decided that such a grand hall deserved to have a name. One of her dinner table partners suggested Herbert Hoover. Roosevelt felt Alexander Hamilton might be a good choice since she couldn't think of anything named to honor Hamilton in Washington . . .

One local magazine publisher said he was baffled that a major U.S. News dinner could gather that many people of journalistic significance and no one, except for Sen. Patrick Leahy, a Democrat, would mention the name of the magazine's conservative, truculent founder, the late David Lawrence . . .

Stone had the best line of the evening in remembering Washington of 25 years ago "when they were still putting Velveeta cheese in the gourmet food section" . . . End Notes

One of the things former vice president Walter Mondale will be doing during retirement is practicing law. As he did during the four years he was preparing for his ill-fated run for the presidency, he will once again be working with the law firm of Winston & Strawn. There will be a reception to celebrate his becoming a full partner in the firm tonight at the Phillips Collection that should bring out so many once-familiar Democratic names . . .

Former president Jimmy Carter is making the rounds flacking his new book, "The Blood of Abraham." Yesterday, he spoke at journalist Godfrey Sperling's press breakfast at the Sheraton-Carlton and the director of catering, Glenn Godden, was so concerned about what to serve Carter that he called the White House to see if anyone remembered what he liked. Carter was delighted to sit down to his usual -- scrambled eggs, grits and melon . . .

Watch out for the big crowds at the Sheraton Grand Thursday where director Sidney Lumet will be filming "Power," a story about a Washington political consultant played by Richard Gere. Gere, Julie Christie, E.G. Marshall and Gene Hackman are expected to be in town for the filming . . .

A year ago yesterday, soul singer Marvin Gaye was shot to death by his father. The singer's last studio work has now been released in a Columbia Records album, "Dream of a Lifetime" . . .

Washington is such a Hollywood East. Yesterday Jane Fonda, her husband Tom Hayden and their children were seen dining in the Senate Dining Room with Sen. Paul Simon. Just a few tables away were television stars David Birney and his wife Meredith Baxter Birney, also there with their children. And just like dining at the Polo Lounge, no one bothered them . . .

Nancy Reagan was walking around with a bruise on her chin yesterday. No one hit her. It seems that she had been bathing the Reagan dog Lucky when the big pooch suddenly raised her head, banging the first lady in the jaw . . .