There's a big party tonight for the Texas journalist Sarah McClendon, who has been covering the White House for 46 years, questioning presidents back to Franklin Roosevelt. But it's not a retirement party, it's just that McClendon has reached her 80th birthday and some of her friends and colleagues thought someone ought to do something about it. Fellow Texan Bill Moyers will be the emcee, and among the other celebrities on the program are a couple of other Texans -- newsman Sam Donaldson and playwright Larry L. King. There are also to be reminiscences from a few non-Texans, including former State Department spokesman Hodding Carter, UPI White House correspondent Helen Thomas and satirist Mark Russell, as well as former senators Eugene McCarthy and William Proxmire.

McClendon's old pal, former House speaker Jim Wright, won't be at the party, but he sent along a verse:

So lift a cup and dry your tears:

She'll last for 100 years

She'll outlast all our political careers.

Out and About Fame may be even more fleeting than these legendary stars realized: Those receiving invitations to the Kennedy Center Honors this weekend from CBS were in for a bit of shock. There is a list of the honorees with their pictures. But the photograph under the name Billy Wilder is really Jule Styne, and Wilder's picture can be found where Styne's should be. On top of that, they spelled Styne as "Stein" ...

Andrew Young III, the 17-year-old son of former Atlanta mayor Andrew Young, was arrested Friday night in Atlanta and charged with carrying a concealed weapon and possession of alcohol. Police said they stopped Young's car near his father's house after an officer saw a bag of trash being thrown out of it. The arresting officer said he noticed a holster by the youth's foot and asked about it. According to police, Young pointed it at the officer and then gave it to him when the policeman pulled his gun. The former mayor said his son told him that the gun belongs to an older brother of the car's driver. "Bo told me he picked up the gun by the barrel because they told him to pick it up," the elder Young said. "He did not point it at anyone. They were wrong for littering and had no business having alcohol in the car or having anything to do with a gun," he added ...

The people who live in Trump Tower on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue worry about strange things. At a recent tenants meeting, complaints surfaced about "that kid with a beard who brings his bicycle into the elevator." That kid is none other than super director Steven Spielberg, and his landlord, Donald Trump, spoke up on behalf of the filmmaker, saying Spielberg needed his exercise. Trump promised, however, to ask him to bring the bicycle up on the service elevator ...

Andrew Lloyd Webber, one of the world's most successful composers for the musical theater, reportedly has been making $1 million a month during the past two years but is concerned he is not taken seriously as a composer. Some say there is a repetitive, similar sound to his music. According to Fame Magazine, Webber, still stung by the barbs from critics, once asked legendary lyricist Alan Jay Lerner, "Why do people take an instant dislike to me?" Lerner replied without a moment's hesitation, "Because it saves time" ...