Author Stephen King knows about horrible, frightening, distasteful things that go bump in the night. The best-selling horror writer, whose books and stories have spawned a number of films, has expanded his personal tastes in movies and food into a 26-part radio series, "Stephen King's Lists That Matter," now up for syndication. He started the broadcasts over a station he owns in Bangor, Maine.
Included on his list of the 10 most horrible foods are okra ("flabby when steamed and flabbier when boiled. You can't eat it raw, but it does make a good paperweight"), grits, tofu, head cheese, instant mashed potatoes, giblets, squid, bean curds and fish with the head still on. Among the 10 worst movies, he lists "Children of the Corn," a film made from one of his books.
Honoring the Shcharanskys
On Tuesday, President Reagan signed legislation awarding Anatoly Shcharansky and his wife Avital the Congressional Gold Medal for their work on behalf of human rights.
At a special reception yesterday in the Capitol, Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, who authored the legislation, presented Shcharansky with a framed copy of the bill the president signed. It usually takes about a year for the medal to be produced. Among the senators present were Majority Leader Robert Dole, Minority Leader Robert Byrd, Richard Lugar, Patrick Leahy, Claiborne Pell, John Kerry and Jim Sasser. Past winners of the medal have included George and Ira Gershwin, Elie Wiesel and John Wayne.
First Lady Nancy Reagan spoke at the Congressional Club's annual First Lady's Luncheon yesterday at the Shoreham. It's the kind of "wives of" event where all the names in the luncheon program, including Mrs. Ronald Reagan, are listed by the husband's name. Of the "distinguished guests," only Elizabeth Dole, secretary of transportation, and Lois H. Herrington, wife of the secretary of energy, had their own first names listed. The other special guests included Mrs. George Bush, Mrs. Thomas P. O'Neill Jr., Mrs. Byron R. White, Mrs. Thurgood Marshall, Mrs. Harry A. Blackmun, Mrs. James A. Baker III and Mrs. Caspar W. Weinberger . . .
President Ford's former White House photographer, David Kennerly, is now living in Hollywood and working as a film producer. Still keeping in contact with Washington, Kennerly has an option on a film based on the lengthy piece of fiction published in the March Washingtonian magazine written by Vic Gold and Lynne Cheney. Titled "The Body Politic," it is a humorous story about a vice president who dies and how a clever press secretary keeps the nation from learning about it. Some would say that wouldn't be too hard a job. Cheney, incidentally, is expected to come up for Senate confirmation next week as head of the National Endowment for the Humanities . . .
The "sock-it-to-me" actress from "Laugh-In," Judy Carne, lost an appeal yesterday and now faces a three-month jail sentence in London for drug possession. The 46-year-old former wife of Burt Reynolds was arrested on two separate counts of possession, including transporting cocaine and marijuana into Heathrow Airport . . .
Washington attorney Donald Santarelli, the former administrator of the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration, was called to Cannes, France, nearly 10 years ago to meet with a client, the superwealthy Adnan Khashoggi. Santarelli was representing Khashoggi on an FCC matter. He spent several days at an expensive hotel waiting to see his client. When they finally got together, Khashoggi said he was hungry and felt like spaghetti and invited Santarelli to join him. As Ron Kessler writes in his new book, "The Richest Man in the World: The Story of Adnan Khashoggi," they simply flew to Venice for dinner. After all, there was a good Italian restaurant there . . .