Another one of those events that show how much times and people change. Queen Mamohato of Lesotho, a predominantly black nation surrounded by South Africa, is in Alabama touring farms. While in Montgomery she stopped by to visit with Gov. George Wallace. And the man who once stood in the doorway at the University of Alabama to stop the first blacks from entering the school gave the queen a royal welcome and granted her honorary Alabama citizenship . . .
Ice skating star Dorothy Hamill should have read the fine print on her insurance policy. She and her former husband, actor-tennis player Dean Paul Martin, were not successful in getting a federal appeals court to order Lloyd's of London to pay off for a theft of $365,000 worth of insured jewelry taken from their San Francisco hotel room in 1982. Three justices of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an earlier decision that the insurance carrier could not be forced to pay since the couple did not keep the jewelry in the hotel's safe, as stipulated in the insurance policy . . .
Gabor Olgah, who retired last year after managing the Watergate Hotel for 17 years, has come out of retirement to become general manager of the Embassy Row Hotel . . .
Roger Black, the New York Times director of editorial art for the past four years, will become art director of Newsweek magazine. Black, who also worked for New York and New West magazines, won the National Magazine Award for design at Rolling Stone in 1977 . . .
Actor Tony Curtis, who hasn't been in many movies lately, had decided to try his hand at writing trashy fiction. Bad decision. In 1977, he signed a contract with Doubleday for a novel, "Starstruck," described as a "rags to riches story of a lascivious Hollywood starlet." Yesterday, Curtis received his rejection notice for his manuscript and was ordered to return the $50,000 advance. Doubleday described it as "junk, pure and simple" . . .