Governor's Island, a Coast Guard facility in New York Harbor, is closed to the public and will not be reopened during the Fourth of July weekend, contrary to a report in the Style section yesterday.
President Reagan and French President Franc,ois Mitterrand have kissed and made up -- or, as Reagan exhorted in Tokyo of their new relationship, "Let sw,-1 sk,1 this be the first day of the rest of our lives" -- do not expect any noncelestial fireworks at the gigantic Fourth of July festivities in New York City.
The White House isn't talking yet about details, but other sources say that Mitterrand, with Danielle Mitterrand and Foreign Minister Jean Bernard Raimond, will join Reagan in New York to celebrate the 100th anniversary of France's gift to the United States, the Statue of Liberty.
They'll spend the evening of the 3rd together at the dedication ceremony, watching the fireworks and the lighting of the statue. After reviewing the parade and tall ships the next morning, Mitterrand et al. will return to France.
On July 5 it'll be Nancy Reagan's turn to bask in Liberty's glow. She'll lead a group of schoolchildren in officially reopening to the public both Governor's Island and the restored statue.
* The speculation is that the Reagans will stay the Rockefeller family's posh estate in Pocantico Hills at some point during their New York visit.
Nancy Reagan spent 48 hours 24 minutes in the air (the president spent 44 hours 24 minutes) on her 23,427 (statute) mile trip to Southeast Asia, according to the White House military office.
The first lady's aides figure that by tomorrow her body clock (and theirs) should be back to normal, if it is indeed true that for every time zone crossed (in her case, 13) it takes one day to recover.
Most of the stories they told one another were about the presidents they served and the press who covered them. But when Roger Tubby, Harry Truman's press secretary, told one with a farm theme last week at what is fast becoming Larry Speakes' annual reunion of White House press secretaries, President Reagan was reminded of another.
Some in the room suspected the story had been borrowed from Vice President George Bush's vast repertoire of jokes, so knowing did he look through the telling of it. If so, Reagan never gave him credit as he told about the farmer who raised three-legged chickens because he, his wife and son liked drumsticks.
"How do they taste?" asked a passing motorist.
"I don't know," said the farmer. "I haven't been able to catch one yet."
The one story Tubby told reporters earlier at a regular White House press briefing concerned Truman's firing of Gen. Douglas MacArthur, commanding general of U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, for publicly advocating the invasion of China.
*At the White House the next morning, Tubby found bushel baskets filled with telegrams from hundreds of angry Americans. Picking up a bunch, he went into the Oval Office and laid them on Truman's desk.
"See that fireplace over there?" Truman asked Tubby. "Take them over there and put a match to them. When people understand why I did it, they'll think differently."
And then, hardly pausing, he asked Tubby, "What's the next order of business?"
White House Press Secretary James Brady was inducted into the Blue Angels Saturday at Andrews Air Force Base, becoming one of a very select group of American civilians (Bob Hope and Ernest Borgnine among them) holding honorary memberships.
Blue Angel Pat Ryan nominated Brady after seeing a story about him on ABC-TV's "20/20." It didn't take any time at all for Brady to accept. After all, he later pointed out to friends, he'd been a licensed pilot back in his Centralia, Ill., high school days.
Brady said he wasn't expecting to get any wings, scarf, goggles or helmet, and he didn't. But he was a little disappointed about one omission.
"No plane," he laughed.
If you think only celebrities have been invited to Nancy Reagan's White House tennis tourney Saturday, you haven't heard about Janie McDermont Biell. The 35-year-old California mother of three is deaf and is also going blind. Recently her mother asked where she'd like to go if she had her choice of anywhere in the world. Biell said Washington, D.C., where she'd like to meet the Reagans.
Saturday, she'll do just that. When Nancy Reagan heard about Biell, she invited her to join event chairman Tom Selleck along with Dorothy Hamill, Mary Lou Retton, Sugar Ray Leonard, Julius Erving, Sally Struthers, Stephanie Zimbalist, Catherine Oxenberg and Dina Merrill to watch administration tennis hotshots Secretary of State George Shultz, Treasury Secretary James Baker III, Navy Secretary John Lehman, Energy Secretary John Herrington and FBI Director William Webster, and tennis stars Stan Smith, Pam Shriver and Ashok Armitraj. Representing the diplomatic corps will be its dean, Swedish Ambassador Wilhelm Wachtmeister, and announcing will be Channel 9's Glenn Brenner.
*Afterward, everybody regroups inside the White House for a reception hosted by the Reagans. Proceeds will go to the Community Foundation of Greater Washington, which administers the Nancy Reagan Drug Abuse Fund.
They're calling it the "Save the Gowns Fund" at the Smithsonian's Museum of American History. Renee Kortum, director of external affairs, says that ever since Garry Trudeau struck a chord of concern with his "Doonesbury" series about first ladies' deteriorating inaugural ball gowns, 50 to 100 contributions have been arriving daily from around the country.
"The biggest check we've gotten so far is $50, but there have been some $25 ones and a lot of kids are sending in baby-sitting money at the rate of $1 and $2," Kortum said.
So far nothing has been added up. That comes next.