Vice President Quayle does have his problems. Monday was a busy day for him. He had the Easter Egg Roll at the White House with some 30,000 excited children, a trip to Columbia, S.C., in the afternoon for the funeral of Republican National Committee Chairman Lee Atwater and then the final game of the NCAA basketball tournament in Indianapolis. That must be why, as he walked through the crowd on the White House lawn giving autographs, he signed one with his finger.

Cameramen noticed at one point someone handed Quayle a piece of paper and without a pen or pencil, the vice president made the motions of a signature and handed the blank paper back, moving on. WTTG newsman Steve Doocy, back at the television station, made a frame-by-frame examination of the tape, and on the air that evening pointed out that Quayle either was running on autopilot or "must have been using one of those new stealth pens the Pentagon is working on." Apparently no one caught the look on the face of the autograph seeker who didn't get a signature.

Out and About

The Library of Congress has lost out to the University of Tennessee in getting the papers of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alex Haley. The collection, which includes Haley's manuscripts of his best-selling "Roots" and "The Autobiography of Malcolm X," along with several magazine articles, videos, movie scripts, 37 translations of "Roots" and personal editing notes, will go to the university in Knoxville, only 20 miles from Haley's farm and conference center. The Library of Congress had offered in 1986 to take Haley's personal papers, but the writer, who turns 70 in August, said he felt the material "belongs at the University of Tennessee because I'm of Tennessee and that's the only place that it should be" ...

The Washington area may be seeing much more of "Wheel of Fortune" host Pat Sajak. He and his wife, Lesly Brown, a Maryland native and a former Miss Georgetown, have reportedly purchased a $1.28 million riverfront home in an exclusive part of Severna Park, near Annapolis. The property is surrounded by fences and guarded by security cameras. The 25-year-old Brown, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. Michael Brown of Gambrills, is a University of Maryland graduate, and was featured in Playboy magazine's "Women of Washington" November 1988 issue. In the magazine, Brown said she was going to give up modeling for law, but shortly thereafter met Sajak at the opening of a Champions Sports Bar in Irvine, Calif., and decided to delay law for marriage. They were married on New Year's Eve 1989 in Annapolis; his second, her first ...

One of the most well-known show business marriages -- that of Vic Damone and Diahann Carroll -- is ending. According to a publicist for the couple, who were married in 1987, there are no details being released as to the reason for the breakup. Each has been married three times. Carroll, 55, an actor and singer, has appeared on the television shows "Julia" and "Dynasty." Damone, 62, is on a national concert tour ... Actor Nick Nolte and Rebecca, his wife of seven years, have filed for divorce in Los Angeles. A publicist for the couple says the divorce is amicable and the couple will share custody of 4-year-old son Brawley King Nolte ...

The Grand Hyatt Washington is celebrity central for a number of the stars in town for an "All Star Salute to Our Troops," tonight at Andrews Air Force Base. Among the stars scheduled to be there are Sophia Loren, Lynn Redgrave, Richard Thomas, Randy Travis, Andy Griffith, Glenn Ford and Alan Alda ...

It's the kind of joke Ronald Reagan would have told on himself: "Former president Reagan has come out in favor of the seven-day waiting period to buy handguns. He said that if they'd had that law when he was young, maybe they could have averted that terrible incident at the OK Corral." -- Jay Leno ...