If you cover the Supreme Court, it's only logical to have your baby on the First Monday in October, the first day of the court's session. That's the day New York Times reporter Linda Greenhouse gave birth to a daughter, Hanna. She and her husband, lawyer Eugene Fidel, could have at the very least named the little girl "John Marshall Hanna" . . .
The Watergate Hotel has a weekend guest list of impressive conductors and composers who are in town for appearances at the Kennedy Center. They are the Boston Symphony's Seiji Ozawa; Dallas Symphony conductor Eduardo Mata and violinist Pinchas Zukerman; composer Gian Carlo Menotti; conductor Daniel Barenboim, who will be working with the Washington Opera; and Rafael Fru hbeck de Burgos, who will be a guest conductor with the National Symphony . . .
Flamboyant millionaire Donald Trump, a man who obviously can afford anything he wants, has agreed to purchase a house he'd better be able to afford if he's going to maintain it. It's Mar-a-Lago, the late Marjorie Merriweather Post's 118-room mansion in Palm Beach, Fla., and the price is reportedly in the $10 million to $15 million range . . .
A Los Angeles judge dropped the 10-day contempt sentence against free-lance writer Christopher Van Ness after Van Ness turned over to the judge his tape-recorded interview with Cathy Evelyn Smith, who is accused of killing comedian John Belushi. On Wednesday, the judge had ruled that Van Ness be jailed for refusing to surrender the tape . . .
The late Morrie Ryskind, who died here last August, will be eulogized Saturday at an invitation-only memorial ceremony at the National Press Club. Ryskind, one of the premier Broadway and movie writers, won the Pulitzer Prize with George Kaufman for "Of Thee I Sing" and was the author of the screenplay for "My Man Godfrey" and the Marx Brothers movies "A Night at the Opera" and "The Cocoanuts." He will be eulogized by conservative writer Victor Lasky. Ryskind's son Alan Ryskind is one of the editors of Human Events . . .
Former State Department spokesman Hodding Carter III has been elected the chairman of the board of the Foreign Student Service Council, a private, nonprofit organization that assists international students studying in the United States. He succeeds former congressman James W. Symington . . .
You get your choice Saturday at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. In the Carmichael Auditorium, Metropolitan Opera diva Anna Moffo will be singing arias by Paderewski and Szymanowski. In the Hall of Musical Instruments, Patsy Montana, who once had a big hit, "I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart," will be performing in a program titled "A Real Cowboy Girl, A Tribute to Women in Country Music." The Smithsonian does have variety . . .
Checking in with the World's Greatest Deliberative Body: The upcoming edition of Esquire magazine reports that "The World Guide to Nude Beaches and Recreation" lists the Senate swimming pool in the basement of the Russell office building as the only place in the District where nude bathing is permitted . . .