THOSE SLOPING FOREHEADS
Spy magazine has revived an act that ended with the 1974 demise of New Times magazine by picking the year's 10 dumbest members of Congress in its latest issue. They are, in order, Sen. Steven Symms (R., Idaho), Sen. Gordon Humphrey (R., N. H)., Rep. Edward Markey (D., Mass.), Sen. Alphonse D'Amato (R., N.Y.), Sen. Larry Pressler (R., S. D.), Rep. Gus Yatron (D., Pa.) - the sole Tri-State entry, Rep. Joseph Kennedy 2d (D., Mass), Rep. Matthew Martinez (D., Calif.), Virginia's entire Senate delegation past and present (which includes Sen. John Warner) and Sen. Chic Hecht (R., Nev.)
OFF TO SUMMER
Britain's Princess Diana and her two boys, Prince William, 6, and Prince Harry, 4, jetted to the Caribbean from London yesterday for a week's holiday. A spokesman said they were headed for the isle of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. Accompanying Diana were her mother, Frances Shand-Kydd, and her sisters, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Lady Jane Fellowes. Prince Charles stayed at Queen Elizabeth's estate in Sandringham, England, where the royals marked the Christmas holidays.
IN THE CHAMP'S CORNER
Suzette Charles isn't saying whether she'll replace Robin Givens as Mike Tyson's number-one woman but she's making sounds like she might want to by being quoted all over the place defending him against brute accusations. ''Mike Tyson is one of the gentlest, kindest people I've ever met," said the former Miss America in yesterday's New York Daily News. "I was shocked by the allegations of Robin Givens and others that Michael was physically abusive to anybody. That isn't the Mike Tyson I know, and I think after the dates we've had that I know him quite well." She noted that the champ has invited her to Las Vegas next month when he defends his title against Frank Bruno. She was not saying whether she'd go but was quick to add, "Mike and I are friends, but he's a married man."
A ROUGH LANDING
Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards, the low-flying Olympic ski jumper who got his 15 minutes of fame at last winter's Olympics in Calgary, suffered a broken collar bone, facial scraps and perhaps a concussion when he took a fall yesterday while training at Innsbruck, Austria. "It was the shock of jumping well," Edwards said of the mishap. "I started to panic. My knees bent. I tipped over and landed on my face." Edwards, a British construction worker who taught himself to jump and has only failed once to finish last, discounted doctors' predictions that he'll be out of action for two months. "I will be back within a couple of weeks," he said. "There is no question of this putting an end to my career. I am going to be training in time for the world championships in February."
Vowing to give up smoking, Johnny Cash left Nashville's Baptist Hospital yesterday after double heart-bypass surgery 15 days ago. "I'm 56 now, and I don't want to go through this again," said the country star, who admitted smoking a cigarette 30 minutes before surgery. Cash said he intended to perform again next month and hoped to produce an album of Bible readings with his wife, June Carter Cash and Waylon Jennings and his wife, Jessi Colter. ''My mama said to do it, and I'm going to do it," Cash said.
The condition of Cab Calloway, 81, was upgraded from critical to serious at White Plains (N.Y.) Hospital yesterday. He had surgery last week for an ailment that his family is keeping confidential.
David Keith has been picked to play Oliver North in the TV mini-series based on the book Guts and Glory, a biography of the Iran-contra figure. Keith, who has played military types in An Officer and a Gentleman and The Lords of Discipline, said he got the part after convincing producers he could lose his Tennessee accent.
The Danish media were full of greetings for Victor Borge yesterday on his 80th birthday. The comic pianist was reportedly marking the day with his family at his St. Croix vacation home.
Lady Bird Johnson, watching in Washington as her son-in-law Charles Robb was sworn in as Virginia's new senator, fingered a locket she got 40 years ago to the day when Lyndon Johnson was sworn in to his first term as a Texas senator. "It was total confusion, really," she recalled of the long-ago event. Then looking at the hubbub on the Senate floor she added, "Much like it is today."
Patrick J. Kennedy became the youngest Kennedy to ever hold public office yesterday when he was sworn in as a $300-a-year Rhode Island state representive at 21. The son of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, still a student at Providence College, used the same Bible that his uncle used when he was inaugurated president.