The actress' appearance on the ABC program was prompted by the opposition of New England vets to her scheduled visit there this summer to make a movie. She calls her 1971 claim that she was a revolutionary woman "preposterous. . . . I didn't even know what that meant. I had made Barbarella two years before (and) was trying to create legitimacy within a movement that was . . . beyond my comprehension, (and) I wanted to be taken seriously." A spokesman for a veterans' group in Hartford, Conn., said an apology wasn't enough and called on Fonda to make a "full-fledged effort to obtain the release of POWs and those still missing in action."
STICKING TO HIS GUNS
In his syndicated column yesterday Carl Rowan, a longtime gun-control advocate, defended his shooting early Tuesday morning of a teenage trespasser at his Washington home. "Let the National Rifle Association or others call me a hyprocrite because I fired a gun in a moment of peril," he wrote. "But as long as police and prosecutors tell people that they can scale my fence in the darkness, bring their drugs and beer, party around my pool, rattle my bedroom
windows, all with impunity, I'll never know which druggie also has brought a gun. . . . As long as authorities leave this society awash in drugs and guns, I will protect my family." Rowan, 62, shot Ben Smith, 18, in the wrist when he believed that Smith was trying to enter his home. Police investigating the case said yesterday the .22-caliber pistol that Rowan used was not registered, as D.C. law requires.
In a complicated, three-way divorce and paternity case, Ed Asner has acknowledged that he's the father of a 10-month-old boy whose mother recently divorced Hollywood sound editor David Stone, the actor's attorney disclosed yesterday. The lawyer added that Asner had agreed to pay more than $2,100 a month to support the baby but "in no way, shape or form" will he support the mother, Carol Jean Vogelman. Stone's attorney indicated earlier this week that Asner's agreement with Vogelman meant that Stone's support payments to her would be reduced. However, Asner's attorney said his client's settlement had nothing to do with Stone's support dispute with Vogelman.
BRUCE AND PATTI
Jumping right aboard that rumor train, the Italian press yesterday was full of stories about the breakup of Bruce Springsteen's marriage to Julianne Phillips and his romance with backup singer Patti Scialfa. "At this point there are no doubts . . . Patti and Bruce really love each other," reported a newspaper in Rome, the second stop on the Boss' European tour. Another paper published a photograph of the two lying together on a deck chair. Springsteen reportedly visited the Sistine Chapel, dined in the Trastevere District and took a midnight stroll with Scialfa to the Spanish Steps, where he joined in a sing-along.
SINGER'S WIFE IN JAIL
Adrienne Brown, wife of soul singer James Brown, remained in jail yesterday after being arrested Wednesday at her Beech Island, S.C., home for failing to appear at an arraignment on two drug-possession charges. A judge ordered the forfeit of her $11,500 bond, and after she waived extradition she was taken to Augusta-Richmond County (Ga.) Law Enforcement Center, where she was being held without bail. Her husband is on a European tour and not scheduled to be back until the end of July. The charges stem from two instances in which Brown was arrested at the Augusta airport, allegedly holding PCP.
COME ONE, COME ALL
Art Carney, Audrey Meadows and Joyce Randolph from the old Honeymooners TV series, plus Jackie Gleason's widow, Marilyn, are expected to be at the June 30 dedication of a Brooklyn bus depot to named after The Great One. "I think Jackie did a lot for the image of the driver," said bus drivers' union official Sonny Hall of Gleason's Ralph Kramden character.
The Charlie Daniels Band, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Leon Russell, Edgar Winter and Waylon Jennings will provide the entertainmment this weekend as 40,000 bikers are expected at a Milwaukee bash thrown by Harley-Davidson Inc. on the 85th birthday of the motorcycle. There's talk that Sylvester Stallone will make a surprise appearance to pick up Harley-Davidson's newest two-wheel model - something called a Softtail Springer.
Melanie Griffith, who had a feature role in The Milagro Beanfield War and is the ex-wife of Don Johnson, is in Minnesota's Hazelden Foundation, a drug- and alcohol-rehab center. Her publicist declined to say what the actress' problem is.
Zsa Zsa Gabor has put her one-acre Bel-Air home - previously home to Elvis Presley and Howard Hughes - on the market. The first $6.95 million takes it. Hey, it has a great view of the Pacific.
Yesterday was declared Bobby Vinton Day in St. Paul, Minn. Nothing much happened.