Capital snow down
It was the first snowfall of the season, and the White House staff seized the day. As President Carter was leaving for Camp David, flanked by photographers and TV crews, there came a battle cry from behind the Jackson magnolia on the south grounds: “Get the photographers!” Up from ambush leaped Jody Powell (center), supported by White House staffer Gail Schwartz (left), Ham Jordan and shirt-sleeved Phil Wise. In the face of a fusillade across the moving cars (Secret Service and all), the Fourth Estate, encumbered with equipment, beat a hasty retreat.
Cottoning to Cab
Back in the ’20s and ’30s Harlem’s Cotton Club served as a showcase for such entertainers as Lena Home, Ethel Waters and Duke Ellington. Moved downtown, then closed in 1940, the famed old jazz club has reopened once again, 17 blocks south of its original Harlem location. On hand to serve up some nostalgia to guests like Muhammad Ali, Pete Hamill and Ethel Scull was headliner Cab Calloway, 70, who helped make the club famous back when. The “King of Hi-De-Ho” proved he can still scat. The crowd reacted with foot-stomping pleasure as he sang and danced jazz classics like St. James Infirmary and Minnie the Moocher.
Carly and JT
As singers, husband and wife James Taylor and Carly Simon like to keep their careers separate. But that was not true of their bods at the Stereo Review Record of the Year Awards party where Taylor, sporting a several-months-old beard, accepted an award for his platinum album, JT. The couple stayed briefly to chat with other guests before heading back to Central Park West to tend to their two children, aged 4 and 1.
A royal diversion
Oil means influence, especially when wielded by a glamorous empress, and there were few no-shows for the caviar-and-champagne dinner given by Iranian Ambassador Ardeshir Zahedi to welcome Farah Diba to New York. The smiling empress ignored demonstrators outside the Waldorf Towers and focused on tablemates Nancy Kissinger (left), Gov. Hugh Carey, Mayor Ed Koch, Shirley MacLaine and (not shown) Walter Cronkite.
David Marston, 35, Philadelphia’s U.S. Attorney, may smile at home with wife Linda and children Karen, 9, Michael, 5, and David Jr., 8. But he’s hardly resting easy. The zealous prosecutor, a Republican and Ford appointee, has been winning convictions of local politicians—most of them Democrats. Attorney General Bell—and President Carter—want to replace Marston. “When a prosecutor goes after official corruption, the crooked politicians yank strings to try to get him out,” fumes Marston. He’d like to finish his four-year term—and keep on investigating.