1985: It was a year like any other year, filled with unforgettable and eminently forgettable personalities and moments . . .
Making history, Sen. Jake Garn became the first congressman in space and some people argued that's a good place for congressmen . . .
Geraldine Ferraro, the first woman to run for vice president on a major party ticket, signed big-money deals to do a Pepsi commercial and to write a book. The results were forgettable . . .
Michael Jackson, after last year's big moneymaking "Victory Tour" with his brothers, virtually disappeared. Prince, who should, won 10 nominations for the American Music Awards and then mercifully faded . . .
In one of those pleas someone huddled on a heating grate might not understand, Joanna Carson, the estranged wife of Johnny Carson, went to court seeking relief because she was unable to live on $35,000 a month. She asked for another $6,000 monthly . . .
Marty Davis, the congressman's wife, proved what she set out to prove -- that the wife of a lawmaker could look good in an exercise leotard. Dossier magazine published her photo in its letters column and Davis and the magazine received national publicity. Liking the idea, the magazine posed an equally presentable Shari Theismann on the cover and in a bathing-suit spread inside and, again, was repaid with national publicity for its efforts. It could start a trend . . .
Not to be overlooked, this was the year Shari split with her shy, retiring quarterback husband Joe, who went public with his thing for an older woman, Cathy Lee Crosby . . .
Sheila Tate, the first lady's virtually irreplaceable press secretary, left the White House to become a big-bucks vice president for Burson-Marsteller . . . Michael Deaver left the White House to open his own public relations firm and not much has run smoothly for President Reagan since . . .
The respected Marvin Stone retired from U.S. News & World Report after 25 years at the helm . . . USIA Director Charles Z. Wick saw an opportunity and hired Stone as his deputy . . .
Mitch Snyder, the man who understands just how cold it is on a heating grate, signed an option for a movie deal about his life that became a reality in December when the producers paid his Community for Creative Non-Violence $150,000 and signed actor Martin Sheen to play Snyder, with filming to begin here this month . . .
Columnist Jack Anderson, who suffered for years in obscurity before the late Drew Pearson put his name on the column, decided he wouldn't do the same thing to his cowriters Dale van Atta and Joseph Spear, who now share bylines with him . . .
Walter Mondale, who shows no inclination to write a book about his failed attempt for the presidency, returned to his law practice at Winston and Strawn . . .
The party of the year, not including the frigid January inaugural bashes, was the $25,000-and-up per couple fundraiser for the John F. Kennedy Memorial Library at Sen. Ted Kennedy's McLean home. It was attended by no less than President and Nancy Reagan, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and an A-list of Kennedy family and friends . . .
Romance was in the air or the water or wherever: with Billy Joel marrying supermodel Christie Brinkley, and Bruce Springsteen marrying model Julianne Phillips . . . Sylvester Stallone married his companion Brigitte Nielsen . . . It wasn't in the air for every mother's favorite couple. Squeaky-clean singer Marie Osmond split from her husband Steve Craig . . . It wasn't love and kisses and we'll stand side by side through this for born agains John DeLorean and Cristina Ferrare, who went to divorce court in an important battle -- over money . . . After 30 years together multimillionaire publisher Malcolm Forbes and his wife Roberta split up . . . After a bitter battle the marriage of former Health and Human Services secretary Margaret Heckler and John M. Heckler ended. He married U.S.A. Today Senior Editor Sheryl Jean Bills shortly thereafter . . .
Finding love at St. Elizabeths Hospital, John Hinckley Jr., who shot President Reagan, reportedly wanted to marry fellow patient Leslie de Veau, who was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the 1982 shooting death of her 10-year-old daughter . . .
The American Film Institute's George Stevens Jr. held a special showing of his film tribute to his late father, director George Stevens, the kind of memorial every child would love to have done for his or her father . . .
One of the city's great losses was when Charley's Georgetown, one of the most sophisticated jazz clubs in America, closed its doors, and owners Bob and Betty Martin regretfully went on to other things . . . And a number of reporters are still suffering from withdrawal over the closing of the Class Reunion . . . Clyde's purchased the Tombs, F. Scott's and 1789 from Richard McCooey, and the Clyde's empire grew and grew . . .
Washington's gain was legendary singer Lena Horne moving to town. At a welcome-to-Washington reception at the Ritz-Carlton hotel, celebrity-bored public figures and journalists acted like rock-star groupies rushing for an opportunity to meet Horne . . .
The flamboyant Peter Sellars, head of the American National Theater at the Kennedy Center, has had his ups and downs. He proved his value, however, in bringing such great Chicago theater performances as "In the Belly of the Beast" and "Streamers" to the Kennedy Center in the summer . . .
Actor Robert Duvall moved to Middleburg, Joe Theismann and Cathy Lee Crosby moved out that way, and actor Sylvester Stallone looked around for a home there, too. Actor Robert Wagner filmed part of his ill-fated "Lime Street" television series there and gave members of the horsy set a bit of a thrill when they stopped by the Red Fox Inn to catch a glimpse of him. If they aren't careful, Middleburg could end up looking like Potomac, which also was once lovely country . . .
After 10 years of gossip, Diana McLellan stuffed cotton into her aching "Ear" and moved on to better things at The Washingtonian . . .
Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep came to town for the filming of Nora Ephron's "Heartburn," the story of the breakup of her marriage to Carl Bernstein. Look for a big Washington opening in 1986 . . .
President Carter's former top aide Hamilton Jordan came to town for treatment of lymphatic-system cancer at the National Cancer Institute. He won his battle and decided he now likes Washington so much he's going back to Georgia to run for the Senate . . .
Vietnam veteran Jan Scruggs, the father of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, was looking hard at running for the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Charles McC. Mathias . . .
And in what may have been the legislative event of any year, Sen. Jesse Helms, the diligent representative of the 11th century, offered an amendment in the Senate against Satanism and witchcraft . . .
Rita Jenrette briefly surfaced again. The former wife of former representative John Jenrette of Abscam fame began work as a commodities exchange broker . . .
During the whirlwind of parties when Prince Charles and Princess Diana were here, only National Gallery Director J. Carter Brown and his wife Pamela were invited to every party . . .
Builder and publisher Mortimer Zuckerman, who buys things, bought himself a Fifth Avenue apartment for a cool $8.5 million . . .
The first question of the New Year: Did he make his deadline? Last night was David Stockman's deadline for his massive book on his life leading up to and inside the Reagan administration . . .
The forgettable event of the year: the unveiling of New Coke, a marketing and taste disaster that some nervous Atlanta executives are still desperately trying to save . . .
And the Personalities column's Personality of the Year: Princess Diana. No one else was even close . . .