William Schroeder, the world's longest-living artificial heart recipient, will return to his hometown of Jasper, Ind., Sunday for the first time since his implant last Nov. 25. Pending final approval from doctors, Schroeder, 53, will make the 90-mile trip in his specially equipped van, "The Heart & Spirit of Jasper." On arrival, he plans to participate in an annual local parade, Humana Hospital Audubon spokeswoman Linda Broadus said Thursday in Louisville, Ky. . . .

Test pilot Chuck Yeager, the first man to break the sound barrier, says he's honored that his home state of West Virginia is changing the name of the local airport to the Kanawha-Yeager Airport. "Normally, you have to be dead to have something named for you," Yeager said Thursday . . .

Flight attendant Uli Derickson, who was on the hijacked TWA flight 847, will be the honorary grand marshal of the 27th annual Steuben Day Parade along Fifth Avenue in New York on Sept. 21. Derickson will be the first woman ever to lead this event . . .

Now that her term as president of the National Organization for Women is almost over, Judy Goldsmith is thinking about running for Congress in her home state of Wisconsin. Goldsmith, 46, says there is a 50 percent chance she will run against Rep. Thomas Petri next year. Goldsmith plans to meet Monday with state Democratic leaders to discuss her prospects . . .

This time it's really goodbye. David Stockman enjoyed his last Washington power lunch for a while yesterday with Sen. Daniel Moynihan at, appropriately enough, the Powercourt restaurant on Capitol Hill . . .

Michael Jackson returned to work yesterday on "Captain Eo," the 12-minute science fiction movie he is filming for Walt Disney Productions. Jackson had been off the set since Tuesday, when he sprained his right thumb during shooting.

Italian opera director Piero Faggioni slapped Salzburg Festival official Otto Sertl at a Thursday rehearsal of Verdi's opera, "Macbeth." Why the fuss? Some said it was because Sertl wanted Faggioni to lessen the amount of artificial fog in one scene for the benefit of the singers. Others claimed Faggioni was mad because Sertl had not approved the use of topless witches in the opera. At least they were professional about it.