Newt and Other Dinosaurs

Taking time out from nasty divorce proceedings, former House speaker Newt Gingrich was alone with his thoughts and shopping bags at the National Geographic Society's Explorers Hall yesterday, checking out the dinosaurs.

The exhibit of Jobaria tiguidensis, a new discovery from the Sahara, drew a casually dressed yet gallant Gingrich, who was spotted holding the door for a woman, most likely another dino fan.

Making Points at Nathan's

It was a true Washington moment for Carol Joynt Tuesday night at Nathan's, her Georgetown restaurant: First, she spots Fred Smith, chairman of Federal Express, and daughter Kathleen, a junior at the University of Virginia. Smith, of course, is in town for this weekend's game at FedEx Field, formerly Jack Kent Cooke Stadium. Next, Joynt sees Marlene Ramallo Cooke, widow of Jack, seated at a nearby table. The bells go off.

Joynt deftly approached both tables and asked each if they would like an introduction. Said Joynt: "It was a good moment. They exchanged pleasantries--'Good luck. I hope you enjoy it,' because what else could they say to each other?--and then everyone went back to their respective dinners."

Both Smith and Cooke are Nathan's regulars.

Heavenly Lucy

A new angel on Earth has been anointed and it's actress Lucy Liu of "Ally McBeal." (Remember the infamous kiss during the last sweeps week?) Liu has signed on to join Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz in a big-screen version of the old TV hit "Charlie's Angels." Columbia Pictures confirmed that Liu had joined the cast, ending much buzzing in Hollywood circles about angel No. 3.

The '70s private-detective series, which aired on ABC, starred Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith and Kate Jackson. The movie is scheduled for release in November 2000.

All the Stuffing

Thanksgiving Dinner at Camp David finds the first family dining on:

Velvety Pumpkin Bisque

Salad of Baby Greens With Assorted Vinaigrette

Vegetable Tray With Ranch Dressing

Traditional Roasted Turkey

Turkey Giblet Gravy

Baked Sweet Potatoes With Marshmallow Topping

Cranberry Sauce

Baked Country Ham

Seasonal Vegetables

Green Bean and Onion Casserole

Moist Bread Stuffing

Fresh Baked Assorted Rolls

Apple, Pecan & Pumpkin Pies & Ice Cream

End Notes

The judges for the Miss D.C. beauty pageant have been named, and the lucky chaps are: Nate Morris from Boyz II Men, boxing promoter Rock Newman and D.C. talk show host and columnist Armstrong Williams. The 49th annual Miss D.C. USA is one of 50 preliminary competitions leading to the Miss USA Pageant, which will be broadcast live on CBS on Feb. 4 . . . Lovebirds Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston are dropping their publicity-shy act. The couple showed off Aniston's new diamond ring to the crowd at Sting's concert at the Beacon in New York on Sunday night. Girlfriends take note: After dinner Monday night at Zocalo on the Upper East Side, it was Aniston who reportedly grabbed the check out of Pitt's hand and insisted on picking up the tab with her American Express card.

Lloyd Grove is away. The Reliable Source will resume when he returns.