They've had their baby, the bad boy of tennis John McEnroe and former child star Tatum O'Neal. O'Neal, the 22-year-old daughter of actor Ryan O'Neal, gave birth to an 8-pound 11-ounce boy Friday at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, Calif., and mother and son went home Monday. The child was named Kevin John McEnroe.
O'Neal and McEnroe, 27, have traveled together on the tennis circuit and at first denied reports that O'Neal was pregnant. But last December McEnroe acknowledged the pregnancy and said the couple would live in Los Angeles and planned to marry. O'Neal, at the age of 9, was the youngest actress to win an Academy Award. She won the Oscar for best supporting actress for a role opposite her father in "Paper Moon." End Notes
After 18 years of training senators and members of the House of Representatives every Tuesday and Thursday, first at the Senate gym and now at the House gym, tae kwon do master Jhoon Rhee will be awarding his first black belts to congressmen. One June 24, Rhee will conduct a ceremony in the Caucus Room of the Russell Building, presenting first-degree black belts to Reps. William Chappell, Bob Livingston and Toby Roth and former representative Richard Ichord. The four have spent eight years studying under Rhee . . . Another political type, John Kramer Shlaes, who was an aide to President Ford, recently received his first-degree black belt from the Tae Kwon Do Center in Wheaton. Shlaes believes he is the first White House aide, past or present, to be awarded a black belt -- but then who keeps records of such things? . . .
Intrepid Washington sailor, attorney and Democratic Party power Berl Bernhard teamed with writer and managing editor of Fathers magazine Duncan Spencer to win this weekend's 12th annual Great Ocean Race. Racing in Bernhart's Invictus, the same boat in which they won the Annapolis-to-Newport race, Bernhart, Spencer and crew left Annapolis Thursday and completed the 400-mile race back to Annapolis Monday . . .
Not everyone was at the beach or on the bay for the Memorial Day weekend. Rep. Phil Sharp and his wife, novelist Marilyn Sharp, were at another popular activity: giving commencement speeches and receiving honorary degrees. They gave a joint commencement speech at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind. Marilyn Sharp, the author of "Falseface," "Sunflower" and "Masterstroke," is a graduate of DePauw, which her husband also attended before graduating from Georgetown University. She told the students that they came from a time when DePauw "graduated the men to become doctors and lawyers and the women to become the wives of doctors and lawyers" . . .
Amid all the other honorary degrees presented over the weekend was one to ageless jazz great Ella Fitzgerald, who received an honorary doctorate of music from Yale University. She pointed out that it was at Yale that she made her debut with the Chick Webb band at a prom, probably in 1935 . . .
There was a time when Avignone Fre res was one of the city's most highly respected and frequently used catering service. Tomorrow at 10:07 a.m. the Columbia Road landmark will be sold in bankruptcy auction down to the monogrammed silverware, neon signs and steam tables . . .
Actress Raquel Welch, who is suing Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for $20 million for wrongful termination six years ago from the movie "Cannery Row," wept on the witness stand in Los Angeles yesterday. She said that when she was fired from the film she thought her acting career was over. She said MGM trumped up breach-of-contract charges against her because studio officials decided they preferred actress Debra Winger in the leading role opposite costar Nick Nolte in the film version of the John Steinbeck novel . . .
Film stills, press cuttings and other memorabilia from President Reagan's movie career failed to fetch the $900 minimum asking price at Sotheby's auction house yesterday and were withdrawn from sale. Souvenirs of Reagan's political life fared slightly better. The American Museum of Historical Documents paid $1,800 for a letter on gun control legislation Reagan wrote to a constituent in 1968, $1,125 for a similar 1968 letter also signed "Ron" and $120 for a signed photograph . . .
That person out there in the middle of Independence Avenue near the Tidal Basin yesterday afternoon attempting to rescue an injured duck was Deborah Gore Dean, an executive assistant to Housing and Urban Development Secretary Samuel R. Pierce Jr. Dean, the daughter of former attorney general John Mitchell, stayed at the side of the injured female mallard along with the duck's concerned mate until the Animal Rescue League came. The animal is expected to recover . . .