Los Angeles Timesman Charles P. Wallace, who was the last reporter for a major U.S. newspaper to leave Beirut, returned there yesterday to join the growing group of correspondents covering the hostage crisis. Two Los Angeles Times foreign correspondents have been killed in recent years, and the newspaper since has been nervous about sending reporters into dangerous, hostile areas and had delayed in sending Wallace back to Lebanon . . .
When the Gridiron dinner was held three months ago, the Los Angeles Times invited Olympic gold medalist Edwin Moses to sit at its table. The Washington bureau even rented a white tie and tails for him to wear. The outfit wasn't returned and bureau officials were concerned about the $400 the formal-wear rental firm would charge for the lost attire. Then suddenly last week, a friend of Moses' showed up at the bureau to return the white tie and tails. And fortunately the rental firm didn't fine the L.A. Times for returning the outfit nearly three months late . . .
National Democratic Party vice chairman Lynn Cutler has been spending much of her time this week at executive committee sessions at the Shoreham Hotel assuring her colleagues that she is staying on the job. Cutler has formed her own company and is affiliating with the Kamber Group, where she will be developing business and corporate clients . . .
Kevin McKenzie, a principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre who studied under Mary Day at the Washington School of Ballet and danced with the National Ballet of Washington, will finally debut Friday in his home town of Burlington, Vt., after having danced in some of the great cities of the world. He will be dancing there with Martine van Hamel and the New Amsterdam Ballet . . .
Shirley Strum Kenny, former arts and humanities provost at the University of Maryland, has become the first woman president of Queen's College in New York. Her husband, Robert W. Kenny, is a history professor at George Washington University . . .
There's another court case to watch. Former inseparable lovers John DeLorean and his ex-wife, Cristina Ferrare, meet in court today in New Jersey to begin dividing up some $10 million worth of property and to fight for custody of their two children. This one could go on a bit . . .