The Father-Son Alliance

Just a few days ago, Scott Peck saw his father, Marine Col. Fred Peck, face to face for the first time since the elder Peck dramatically revealed to the world what he had just learned -- that his son is gay. And even though Fred Peck has been nothing but supportive of his son, Scott was uneasy about the reunion.

"All it took was a good bottle of wine, and we all loosened up," says 24-year-old Scott, who brought his lover, Bobby Hampson, from their home in Baltimore to San Diego to meet his father. "By the end of the weekend, my dad was introducing {him} to his friends as his son-in-law."

Fred Peck's riveting testimony during the Senate hearings on gays in the military May 11 came just one day after Scott's stepmother told Peck his son is gay. "I was terrified," Scott says of getting a telephone message from his father that night. "When I got home I paced around and chain-smoked for an hour, but then I finally called him, and for 15 straight minutes I couldn't get a word in edgewise -- he was laying the foundation, telling me that he respected me and loved me."

Their lives may never be the same. Both Pecks have become instant celebrities. This week the younger is featured in People magazine, and Monday morning the University of Maryland senior and journalism major will host a three-hour talk show at 9 on WRC-AM (980), where he'll field calls. He hints strongly at a surprise guest.

"After being a victim of network sound bites," he tells The Post's Mary Alma Welch, "it'll be nice to actually talk to people."

Scott says he and his father have agreed to disagree on the gays in the military issue -- son is pro, dad is con -- but he thinks the whole subject is overblown. "I have quite a few gay and lesbian friends in the military," he explains. "They have no plans to organize a gay and lesbian social in the officers club the next day" after the ban is lifted.

Even though Scott says it wouldn't have been his choice to become a lightning rod over the issue, he's managed to keep his good humor. Asked how it felt to be deified over his sexuality, he replied, "Hmmm. I don't know about deified, but queen for a day, maybe."

The Thomasons: A Cut Above at ABC?

ABC news hounds were aghast yesterday when word spread on the Washington-New York axis that Hollywood producers and Clinton pals Harry Thomason and Linda Bloodworth-Thomason were allowed in the room while a producer edited an interview with them for yesterday's "Good Morning America."

"It is against our policy" to let subjects into the editing process, said GMA executive producer Jack Reilly, adding that he had spoken to John Reiss, the producer who gave the Thomasons access. "He goofed," says Reilly.

David Bohrman, who produces the news portions of "GMA," says he started getting calls early yesterday from "people in Washington" who saw the Thomasons around the editing room Tuesday. Although "GMA" is part of ABC Entertainment, Bohrman says he got involved because the Thomasons' interview was with political correspondent Jim Wooten. And so concerned were other producers that the Thomasons might have influenced the editing that "World News Tonight" insisted on seeing unedited footage for its own segment last night. The segment was ultimately scrapped.

"It was a lapse in judgment and we're uncomfortable with it," said Bohrman, who, as it happens, is on his way to NBC. "But we're satisfied that the Thomasons had absolutely no input."

'Roses' for Paris

Van Gogh's glorious still life "Roses," Pamela Harriman's most famous painting, "is gone" to Paris, according to a "friend" who answered the phone at the Harriman Georgetown home Tuesday.

Harriman left for Paris yesterday and is presenting her credentials for her new job on May 30.

"The paintings are all in Paris," the friend said, "and as many as possible will be hanging on public view in the embassy -- precisely where will be decided after Mrs. Harriman -- I mean Ambassador Harriman -- arrives."

The Art in Embassies program, which arranges shipping for all U.S. ambassadors setting up official households abroad, took care of sending the art.

In 1989 Harriman gave an interest in "Roses" to the National Gallery of Art, the remainder of which will be received on or before her death.


When asked about the "callow" White House staff, former Bush spokesman Marlin Fitzwater told the Boston Globe that "a few more fat, old bald men wouldn't hurt the place." We wonder who on Earth he was referring to.

Several hundred lunchers from the Association of Private Pension and Welfare Plans half expected the band to strike up "Hail to the Chief" when White House aide Ira Magaziner arrived yesterday, what with all the advance hype. Waiters were asked to stop serving because Mr. Magaziner would be arriving at any moment and was on a very tight schedule. When Magaziner finally finished his speech, he rushed right out the back door.

It looks as though Dee Dee Myers may have taken credit prematurely for winning that White House press office betting pool on how many questions they'd get on Travelgate Tuesday. Seems that David Dreyer actually won the pool. "He demanded a recount of the number of questions," Myers said at the briefing yesterday. (It was about 150.)

Marlon Brando's daughter, Cheyenne, 23, is free of charges of complicity in the 1990 murder of Dag Drollet, her companion and the father of her child. Reuter reports a judge in French Polynesia said Tuesday that three years of investigation had failed to uncover proof of her involvement in the shooting death at the hands of her half brother, Christian.

Actress Kim Basinger yesterday filed for bankruptcy in Central District Court in Los Angeles, claiming she couldn't afford to pay the $7.4 million penalty against her for backing out of the film "Boxing Helena." Carl Mazzocone, the film's producer and president of Main Line Pictures, said the Chapter 11 petition was just a dodge to avoid the penalty, according to the Associated Press.

The William Morris Agency has sold the rights to Dominick Dunne's latest novel, "A Season in Purgatory," to producer David Brown. In addition to having films like "A Few Good Men" and "The Sting" under his belt, Brown also happens to be married to Cosmo Editor Helen Gurley Brown.