Well, then, how dead was he? Television evangelist Oral Roberts, who lately has been making a career out of outrageous statements, now says the child he claimed to have raised from the dead may not have been dead. As he explains it now: "Whether or not the child was clinically alive or dead, I don't know. The mother thought it was dead. I thought it was dead. The people in the congregation thought it was dead."

This is the preacher who tells us he has personally conversed with a giant Jesus and who was going to be "called home to God" if his followers didn't give enough money. But he reached a new level last week when he made claims about having raised the dead and predicted his own return after death to reign with Christ on earth. Roberts now says he isn't certain just what he and Jesus will be ruling, but adds, "I wouldn't be surprised if God did not bring me back to these 400 acres of Oral Roberts University He's built and would let me reign over these 400 acres." Roberts' public can only wonder what he's going to say next.

And Now, a Word From Tammy Faye

And in that other colorful corner of television religionland, Tammy Faye Bakker has changed the color of her hair because she was bored. Shopping always seemed to be enough before, but with her husband Jim Bakker away in the Smoky Mountains looking for a place to start their new television ministry, she changed from blond to brown to fight off ennui. When asked about it in Gatlinburg, Tenn., where the former PTL leaders are now living, Tammy said she dyed her hair "for a little change of pace. I don't want to bore myself."

Jim Bakker said the couple intends to move to Gatlinburg permanently. They have an offer on their Palm Springs, Calif., home, for which they were asking $600,000. Gatlinburg is so attractive to them, he says, because "there are very few places where Tammy can shop to her heart's desire like she can here. In just a short walk she can get out and shop, shop, shop." And their followers have sent this couple millions of dollars.

Out and About

There wasn't any report that they may have learned a thing or two about police work, but Jack Valenti, president of the Motion Picture Association of America, Monday hosted a showing of "The Untouchables" at his headquarters here with Art Barron, president of Gulf & Western, the movie's producers. The audience was made up mostly of members of Congress and Justice Department types. Paying especially close attention to the movie were former FBI director, now CIA Director William Webster and acting FBI Director John Otto ...

Rock promoter Bill Graham has a rock concert coming up on July 4 in a location that is a bit off the normal concert tour track. He is promoting a six-hour show in Moscow that will feature Soviet and American bands, including Santana, the Doobie Brothers, Bonnie Raitt and James Taylor. The event climaxes the Soviet Peace March in which 200 Americans and 200 Soviet citizens protesting the nuclear arms race are making their way from Leningrad to Moscow. Most of the $600,000 for the performance was donated by Silicon Valley computer magnate and rock fan Steve Wozniak ...

Former president Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn have a new grandson. Jeff and Annette Carter are the parents of an 8-pound, 11-ounce boy born last week and named Jeremy Davis ...

Late yesterday afternoon, two of celebrity hairdresser Robin Weir's employes were at the Grand Hotel giving touring singer Madonna a pedicure, just in time for her concert tomorrow at RFK. One's feet must look good before a concert ...

Former student radical Tom Hayden recently traveled back to Dondero High School in Royal Oak, Mich., for his 30th class reunion. The 47-year-old state assemblyman, who was a founder of the Students for a Democratic Society and was once prosecuted as one of the Chicago Seven accused of fomenting violence at the 1968 Democratic Convention, said he was unique in his class. Married to actress Jane Fonda, Hayden said his distinction was: "I guess I've been to jail the most and married the woman with the most money" ...