Former senator George McGovern continues to look at making a run for the Democratic Party's 1992 presidential nomination and today is to make a speech at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. The 68-year-old opponent of the Vietnam War, who was his party's standard bearer in 1972 and who was beaten resoundingly by Richard Nixon, is expected to test the New Hampshire waters, according to close associates, with criticism of the use of U.S. force in the Persian Gulf.

Although several friends and former associates sadly shake their heads with concern that McGovern is talking about running again, they admit he is serious and has been buoyed by people coming up to him urging him to take on President Bush. A dissenter on the military buildup in the gulf, he has also been in increasing demand to speak on college campuses. McGovern, who clearly misses the attention and tumult of political office, made a run for the nomination in 1984 with a respectable showing in Iowa, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, but he dropped out of the race after the "Super Tuesday" primaries.

Out and About

Supreme Court justices make appearances at law schools from time to time, but there were six of them at Howard University's School of Law yesterday for the unveiling of a bust honoring 1933 Howard graduate Justice Thurgood Marshall. Fellow justices Byron White, Sandra Day O'Connor, Harry Blackmun, Anthony Kennedy and David Souter -- all surprise attendees -- were there for the unveiling of the bust by Maryland artist Randall Craig. The work is a gift to the law school from its class of 1991 and was presented by class President Patricia Hunter. Howard President Franklyn Jenifer, who welcomed Marshall home to the campus, described him as one of "the greatest civil rights leaders" ...

Hospital Report: Eunice Shriver is in stable condition at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, where she has undergone an operation to repair a shattered elbow. She will undergo another one tomorrow to repair a hip socket. Her brother, Sen. Edward Kennedy, and several other members of the family have been in to visit since she was severely injured in a head-on collision Jan. 16 at Canal Road and Arizona Avenue ...

The Alfalfa dinner wasn't the only event canceled Saturday night. On the same evening, several wives of the famous who can't go to the annual stag dinner with their husbands had scheduled their own, organized by Occidental executive Catherine Stevens and General Motors executive Debbie Dingell. Last year's "girls' night out" was held at the Willard Hotel and was visited by the press. To avoid that, this year's wives' night was to be held at an undisclosed location. Among the who's who of wives expected at the affair were Marilyn Quayle, Susan Baker, Alma Powell, Honey Skinner, Lynne Cheney, B.A. Bentsen, Heather Foley, Corinne Michel, Lynda Robb and Sharon Rockefeller ...

In one of those "who ever thought of him" items, white-bread Pat Boone reportedly has been signed on by Israel's Tourism Ministry to promote visits by Americans to the Holy Land, obviously when the current hostilities are over ...