By Michael Small
April 04, 1983 12:00 PM

Ups and Downs

“So far,” reported Cheryl Tiegs two days after her wedding to Peter Beard, “we’re still happily married.” But that was almost two years ago, and now the honeymoon appears to be over, according to some residents of the Manhattan apartment house where Tiegs and Beard live. Battle-weary neighbors tattle that the couple have been quarreling openly in the lobby and the elevator about each other’s infidelities. No one ever said that cover girls were destined to have model marriages.

Lost Cause?

Wisconsin Sen. William Proxmire, whose Golden Fleece awards point the finger at wasteful government spending, has uncovered another bureaucratic bungle. It seems the rooms in the Dirksen Senate Office Building were renumbered to correspond with the adjoining $137.7 million Hart Senate Office Building, which opened last December. As part of a new graphics plan, prepared by a private consulting firm for $80,000, the old office numbers, which followed in a sequence from lowest to highest, were eliminated. In their place, reports Proxmire, is a haphazard system that, for example, requires one to walk through three corridors of the Dirksen Building—or into the Hart Building—merely to get from room SD-549 to SD-550. (SD stands for Senate Dirksen.) Furthermore, he notes, “Someone has stolen room SD-517. It is gone—nowhere to be seen.” Proxmire, who was lodging this complaint in the Capitol’s Senate chamber, concluded with a more personal problem. “I am about to go back to my office in the Dirksen Building,” he said. “Can someone please tell me how to get there?”

Vegging Out

The Australian rockers Men at Work are not the only folks to eat up profits from their hit tune, Down Under, which was No. 1 on America’s pop charts for four weeks last winter. Along with other obscure references to the band’s homeland, the song’s lyrics mention an Aussie staple called vegemite, a yeast-extract sandwich spread laced with celery and onion. According to Diana Todd, an Australian expatriate who markets the stuff in 25 of these United States, some 40,000 jars have been sold (at $1.85 for four ounces) in the last three months, nearly quadrupling last year’s pace.

Photo Opportunity

You just never know what will rub folks the wrong way, as Kansas Sen. Bob Dole found out after a PEOPLE article (Jan. 31) that discussed his wife Elizabeth’s appointment as Secretary of Transportation. Inspired by a photo of the Senator helping his wife make the bed, one male reader wrote Dole “an irate letter complaining that I should never allow a picture to be taken of a man doing such things around the house,” reports Bob. “I wrote him back: ‘Buddy, you don’t know the half of it. The only reason she was helping me was that the photographer was there.’ ”


•Just about everyone recognizes Coal Miner’s Daughter Loretta Lynn after the 1980 movie chronicling her rise to country music fame. Maybe that’s why she likes to spend time at her home in Hawaii. “Everyone on the islands is hiding from someone or something,” says Loretta. “From the cops, FBI, relatives, IRS, creditors. I often get the feeling that people there who don’t know who I am look at me and wonder, ‘What has she done?’ ”

•In the upcoming film Sahara, Sir John Mills, 75, plays a Cambridge don who saves a young damsel—a/k/a Brooke Shields—from a strong-minded sheik. Filming in the Sinai, 5’7″ Sir John found it a challenge to play his knightly role opposite Brookie’s 5’11”. “She is sort of like the Eiffel Tower,” he confided to a British newspaper. “They were either digging holes for her or standing me on a camera box.”