Bits and pieces on a beautiful fall weekend when there are things happening other than the visit of Charles and Diana to Washington . . .
Astronaut Sally Ride will receive the Circumnavigators Club award, the Order of Magellan, this week in New York City. The first American woman astronaut, Ride is only the 17th person to receive the award. It is presented to individuals who are dedicated to advancing peace and understanding in all parts of the world and who have circumnavigated the globe. Ride certainly has been around the world. Others so honored have included Gen. Douglas MacArthur, former president Herbert Hoover, Neil Armstrong, Sen. Barry Goldwater, Lowell Thomas and Thor Heyerdahl . . .
The Capital Press Club will present this year's Pioneer Award to Bill Cosby, the star and executive producer of "The Cosby Show." At a dinner next week at the J.W. Marriott Hotel, NBC "Today" show coanchor Bryant Gumbel will receive the National Media Award; Washington Afro-American columnist Ethel Payne will receive the International Award. Dwight Ellis, vice president for minority and special services of the National Association of Broadcasters, will receive the Public Service Award and Randall Robinson, executive director of TransAfrica, will receive the Humanitarian Award. The Washington Media Award will be announced that evening. The scheduled keynote speaker is singer Lena Horne . . .
Disbarment proceedings against attorney Roy Cohn have been delayed because of Cohn's extreme ill health. The hearings were to have begun in about a week on charges of misconduct for the alleged improper use of an escrow fund and other infractions. The New York Daily News reported yesterday that a New York appeals court had delayed the hearings until Jan. 15 for Cohn, who once represented organized crime figure Carmine Galante and was chief counsel to the U.S. Senate permanent investigations subcommittee headed by Sen. Joseph McCarthy . . .
It had been nearly 30 years since the two men had seen each other, but Senate Majority Leader Robert Dole and Dr. Clinton Compere remembered each other. Compere was one of the orthopedic surgeons at Wesley Hospital in Chicago who worked on Dole's disabled right arm. During 1946, 1947 and 1948, Dole underwent seven operations there for injuries to his arm that he suffered during World War II. The two men met at the gala celebrating the opening of the National Rehabilitation Hospital last week at the Washington Hospital Center . . .
While Charles and Diana have been having so much fun here, back home Princess Anne's husband Capt. Mark Phillips was paying a traffic fine of $140. He did not appear in court but entered a guilty plea through his lawyer on a charge of driving without due care in knocking a commoner off his motorcycle as he changed lanes while driving his Rover in the west London district of Hammersmith. It was his third conviction in eight years. The other two were for speeding. Imagine a member of the royal family getting fined for such a thing. In the good old days, the injured motorcycle rider would have had his head stuck on a pike before the gates of the city to subtly point out that members of the royal family always have the right of way . . .
Director George Lucas has had it with "Star Wars" -- not the movie. He is so tired of hearing arguments both for and against President Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative, commonly referred to as "Star Wars," that he's threatening to go to court to stop the name of his popular film from being used in that way. Newsweek magazine is reporting that the filmmaker's attorneys have warned the Union of Concerned Scientists, which opposes the president's plan, and High Frontier, supporters of the plan, that they will be sued for copyright infringement if they continue to use the name "Star Wars" in their advertising . . .