Duke Zeibert's bartender Howard T. McNamara didn't win the Pulitzer Prize for his photograph of Mikhail Gorbachev and then-Vice President George Bush after the two stopped unexpectedly on Connecticut Avenue in front of the restaurant, but on Tuesday he did get a unique honor. A delegation of Soviet officials came by to present McNamara with a print of his 1987 photograph that Gorbachev had autographed.

During the Soviet leader's second summit visit here in May, McNamara, who has spent 30 years as Zeibert's bartender and has a photography sideline, sent his famous photograph to the Soviet Embassy for an autograph. Then, all these weeks later, McNamara was informed by the embassy that Gorbachev had signed the photo in Moscow. A copy of the Gorbachev-signed photo, which was nominated for a Pulitzer, will hang in the restaurant alongside another copy of the same photo signed by Bush. The originals, McNamara explained, will hang in his home. "After all," he said, "there are only two such autographed pictures in the world." And a Gorbachev-autographed photo is not something you see on every Washington wall. Out and About

Hospital Report: Marilyn Quayle was released from Bethesda Naval Medical Center yesterday, four days after undergoing a hysterectomy. The announcement from the vice president's office was the most specific yet about the surgery. On Saturday, Vice President Quayle's office refused to reveal her diagnosis, the type of operation or even the hospital where it was performed. By Tuesday morning, however, at least one doctor on morning television was speculating that, from the information that had dribbled out, the operation seemed to be a hysterectomy. Yesterday a spokesman said the operation was performed because Pap smears indicated Mrs. Quayle had severe dysplasia, a cell abnormality that experts said can be a precursor to cervical cancer ...

If one of the 144 LPGA Championship golfers hits a hole-in-one on the 16th hole of the tournament's pro-am event, which began yesterday at the Bethesda Country Club, she'll win a Mazda Miata convertible. Unfortunately for top competitor Amy Alcott, her hole-in-one on the 195-yard 16th hole was during a practice run Tuesday. No Miata for that one ... On the same evening, LPGA defending champion Nancy Lopez was seen at the Dancing Crab, confidently hammering away at a stack of steamed crabs with a wooden mallet ...

The Betty Ford Center, which has become famous over the past eight years for treating movie stars and celebrities, has opened its first branch, in an urban Los Angeles setting. The new outpatient center is aimed at reaching people who can't afford a four-week, $8,000 stay in the posh desert community of Rancho Mirage, Calif. People like Elizabeth Taylor, Tony Curtis, Johnny Cash, Chevy Chase and Mary Tyler Moore have been able to pay those prices. It still won't be cheap: The seven-week after-work program will cost $4,000 ...

Du Pont heir Lewis du Pont Smith, who is fighting a court declaration that he is incompetent to handle his financial affairs, is being permitted to spend part of his $10 million inheritance on his campaign for Congress. Smith's family sought the declaration of incompetence after Smith gave $212,000 to Lyndon LaRouche, who is serving a 15-year federal sentence for conspiracy and for mail and tax fraud stemming from political fund-raising. A Chester County, Pa., common pleas judge is permitting a transfer of $15,000 into Smith's campaign fund to pay for advertising in his attempt to get on the ballot as an independent candidate for the House seat held by Republican Richard Schulze ...

Royal Watch: It is to be expected that queens are not major supporters of freedom of the press or expression. Queen Elizabeth II is taking legal action to ban a book that details life in Buckingham Palace, including alleged illicit sex among royal employees and a picture of the queen in bed. Who would be interested in seeing Queen Elizabeth in bed is a question that shall go unasked. The palace said Malcolm Barker, author of "Courting Disasters," had broken a confidentiality oath he signed as a clerk in the royal household from 1980 to 1983. In the good old days, a few weeks in the Tower could easily have dissuaded would-be authors ...