Rep. Claude Pepper, 85, is not only the oldest member of Congress; he's also a man who has seen a significant part of American history. In a time when lesser political figures are producing their autobiographies for excessive amounts of money, Pepper is about to write his story with Time magazine political correspondent Hays Gorey. Pepper's agent, Ron Goldfarb, is sending a 50-page outline to 20 publishers, auctioning the memoirs for what he believes will be a significant amount of money.
Pepper, who began his political career in the Florida House of Representatives in 1929, came to Washington as a U.S. senator in 1936 and developed a close working relationship with President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Pepper was a major player in the New Deal. He was defeated for reelection to the Senate after 14 years there in a vicious campaign that attacked his antisegregation views and openness toward the Soviet Union; he was branded at one point as "Red Pepper." Elected to the House in 1962, he has been there since. Beware the Jellybean
Jellybeans may be one of President Reagan's favorite things, but the California Dental Association doesn't look very favorably on the multicolored candy. In fact, those jars filled with jellybeans that Reagan gives to so many White House visitors have made the association's "Dental Disaster List." The 14,000-member association has called for today to be "Sugarless Wednesday" to mark National Children's Dental Health Month.
And an association spokeswoman, Marci Judd Johnson, said, "We hope that President Reagan can keep the lid on his jellybeans for one day. The president is a role model for a lot of children and they see him munching on jellybeans for snacks." There was no word on the jellybean controversy from the White House. A president can't win. Teeth aside, at least Reagan isn't into tofu and bean sprouts. They may be healthy and no threat to the teeth, but they aren't worth eating. End Notes Saturday Review magazine, which was moved here from St. Louis in 1984, will now be moved to Manhattan. Paul Dietrich, one of the owners, announced to the staff yesterday that the editorial and much of the business operation would be relocated within the next two weeks. Several staff members were laid off and others given an option to move to New York . . .
British author Graham Greene, who has published 49 books since 1929, has been made a member of the exclusive Order of Merit by Queen Elizabeth II. The long-overdue recognition of the writer, who is widely considered the best living writer of English even though he has somehow been overlooked by the Nobel Prize committee, places him on a most exclusive list: It is limited to 24 men and women at a time. In Great Britain, a nation that falls all over itself bestowing titles, the Order of Merit has a special exclusivity even though there is no title or money connected to it. It isn't like knighthood, which is at best a diluted title of diminishing value . . .
Actress Sally Field rode in an open limousine through a snowstorm in Cambridge, Mass., yesterday for the honor of receiving a gold "Pudding Pot" from Harvard's Hasty Pudding Club. She was presented the pot for receiving "The Woman of the Year Award" for the performer who made a "lasting and impressive contribution to the world of entertainment." She was also fitted with a bra adorned with propellers in reference to her 1960s television series, "The Flying Nun." The male Hasty Pudding players were all dressed as busty women. All part of Harvard humor . . .
Former Dallas Times Herald columnist John Bloom, author of the "Joe Bob Goes to the Drive-In" column, has filed a lawsuit against the newspaper and the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, seeking at least $900,000. He is claiming they cost him thousands of dollars by discontinuing his column and canceling its nationwide distribution . . .
Hospital reports: Rep. Helen Delich Bentley (R-Md.), who is being challenged in her bid for a second term by Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, has reentered Johns Hopkins Hospital. The 62-year-old Bentley is there for follow-up treatment for a serious kidney infection and is expected to be hospitalized for about 10 days. Bentley faces a tough political battle in her challenge from Townsend, who is the oldest daughter of the late Sen. Robert Kennedy . . . Rep. Delbert Latta was discharged Monday from the Cleveland Clinic, six days after undergoing triple-bypass surgery. The 65-year-old Republican, who has spent 28 years in the House and is dean of the Ohio delegation, will recover at his home in Bowling Green. It is not known when he will return to Washington . . .