Still Catty After All These Years

Donald Trump officially owns the rights to "The Donald," the famous nickname born of his former wife Ivana's broken English. The New York Post reports that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office turned down Ivana's request to trademark the moniker, declaring that 550 news stories show that "the proposed mark is widely known as Donald J. Trump's nickname." Ivana had wanted the name for her son, Donald Jr., to use on everything from cologne and body cream to hotel, restaurant and bar services.

In other Trump family news, the long-divorced Ivana and Donald are still fighting over money. New York magazine reports that Ivana was traveling in Europe with her children this summer when her former father-in-law, Fred Trump, died. She flew the kids back to New York for his funeral--and then billed her old hubby for airfare and expenses. Donald sent her a note saying that was tacky, since he pays $650,000 annually in alimony and child support. Ivana's reponse: "It was your father."

Republicans, Ready to Rumble

Here's an interesting stat: Republicans are four times more likely to watch professional wrestling matches than Democrats. The Washington Times reports that Bell Atlantic Video asked TV watchers about their pay-per-view habits and found that 39 percent of those who ordered wrestling matches were registered Republicans, compared with less than 10 percent who were Democrats.

"You have to wonder whether political consultants for Minnesota Gov. Jesse 'The Body' Ventura knew Republicans were big wrestling fans and might provide the swing vote," said Dick Beville, president of Bell Atlantic Video. And speaking of Ventura, he's interviewed in the November issue of Playboy. By talking to the mag, Ventura joins notables including Jimmy Carter, Jerry Brown, George McGovern and Daniel Patrick Moynihan, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

He Said, She Said (Too Much)

What do Mayor Anthony Williams and a tragic Shakespearean protagonist have in common? At the end of the opening performance of the Shakespeare Theatre's "King Lear" this week, Hizzoner turned to Landon Butler, the theater's board chairman, and opined: "That play puts my job in perspective." . . . "It was only slightly different from the proceedings on the floor of the Senate--much more courtesy extended to the performers than sometimes we see," GOP presidential contender Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) told "CBS This Morning," describing his attendance at Thursday night's MTV Video Music Awards with his 14-year-old daughter . . . Whatever happened to a little decorum? "This isn't going to sound very good, but I think it was in a friend's apartment, in a bathroom suite with a closet, on the floor," said "Felicity" star Keri Russell, on losing her virginity in October's Jane magazine.

End Notes

Hunky San Francisco 49ers quarterback Steve Young plans to run for the Senate--either from Utah or California--next year after his football-playing days are over, reports USA Today . . . Gwyneth Paltrow, Ricky Martin and Diane Sawyer are among the best-dressed celebs in People magazine's new list. Madonna, Shania Twain and David Arquette make the worst-dressed list . . . The wife of Redskins minority investor Mort Zuckerman is the new curator of postwar art at New York's Whitney Museum of American Art. Marla Prather, who married the media and real-estate magnate three years ago, was previously the head of 20th-century art at the National Gallery of Art . . . Attention, movie-star wannabes: There's a casting call for the new Keanu Reeves-Gene Hackman comedy, "The Replacements," tomorrow at 10 a.m. at the Sporting News Grille on 13th Street NW. They're looking for several hundred extras for a scene to be shot Sept. 20-23 at Redskins Stadium.