There may be great concern in major urban areas that the recent census missed too many people, but in Tennessee the Census Bureau apparently forgot to count University of Tennessee football coach Johnny Majors. He had specifically requested a questionnaire, but it was never sent and eventually he had to give his vital information over the phone because the census deadlines had passed. Missing Majors is a mistake that can make Tennesseans, especially all those football fans, a bit testy. Or as home-state Sen. Al Gore put it yesterday when he went to the Senate floor to comment: "We've all seen and heard reports of the Census Bureau overlooking entire apartment buildings or complete neighborhoods. In Tennessee, they overlooked an institution. ... Missing Coach Majors, for Tennesseans, is just the ultimate insult." Majors is well loved since his team, the Volunteers, is ranked fifth nationally. "Maybe," Gore grumbled, "we ought to make sure the Census Bureau counters are in front of a television Saturday, in time for the game," when the Volunteers play second-ranked Auburn.

Out and About Some writers slave long hours over the word processor trying to write that book that will become a bestseller so they can claim the sweet independence of the literary life. Unfortunately, most never achieve that goal. But let Millie, the White House dog, put paws to keys and it's a bestseller. Well, maybe Millie didn't exactly do all the typing, since the work is titled, "Millie's Book," as "dictated" to Barbara Bush. Millie is not the first author to hire a ghostwriter and attain literary gold. Nonetheless, on Sunday "Millie's Book" will be No. 1 on the New York Times hardcover, nonfiction bestseller list. But in Washington, where Millie is better known, it will be only No. 6 on The Washington Post list ...

It's almost time for what is becoming an annual tradition: the Oxford vs. Cambridge alumni rowing race Oct. 7 on the Potomac River. In this year's competition Sen. Larry Pressler will row for Oxford and former Navy secretary John Lehman and NBC White House correspondent Sandy Gilmour will row for Cambridge. The rowers are alums of the respective universities ...

Kathy Kemper, tennis coach to the stars, had her first child Wednesday night. She and her husband, investment banker Jim Valentine, have a 7 pound 4 ounce daughter, born at George Washington University Hospital and named Kelsey Kemper Valentine ...

With all the changes taking place in the Soviet Union, this situation sounds familiar: Vladimir Plotnikov, chairman of the Moscow Planning Committee, points out that "there are 1 million government employees who live in Moscow who are a drain on the system. The taxes they pay go to the Kremlin instead of the city, yet they take advantage of all the services the city offers." It was reported that Plotnikov is looking for the same kind of relationship for Moscow that Washington has with the federal government. Now if they want a consultant who understands that relationship, Marion Barrymay soon be available ...