By People Staff
March 18, 1974 12:00 PM

Henry the 713th

Photographed during spring training in West Palm Beach, Atlanta Brave Henry Aaron demonstrated the muscular swing that will most certainly make him a legend—as well as a millionaire. Just when he will tie and break Babe Ruth’s career home-run record of 714 is not certain—Atlanta’s management is trying to “save” that event for a home game. But since he is only two home runs away, it won’t be long. As a woeful pitcher said a few hundred homers ago, trying to sneak a fast ball past Hank Aaron is like trying to sneak a sunrise past a rooster.

Mary’s quantum leap

Fashion designer Mary Quant, who has become a one-woman fashion conglomerate, is now into bed linens—up to her neck. The woman who loosed the miniskirt on an unsuspecting world back in the ’60s had expanded her realm into cosmetics and sunglasses, among other things. And now she has introduced a line of quilts and sheets, which she demonstrates coyly at a London store, becoming a cover girl after all these years.

The loser gets Lauren

The face that launched a thousand magazine covers, Lauren Hutton, is making another try at the movies. The gap-toothed model has appeared previously in such films as Paper Lion and Big Foss and Little Halsey, to critical nonacclaim that conceded at best she had all the tools: face, arms, legs, body. Now she is filming The Gambler with James Caan. It isn’t Dostoevsky’s classic. It’s about a college professor who runs off to Las Vegas to seek his fortune and has to settle for Lauren instead.

Doubledeck Vadims

In Megeve, France for a brief snowy vacation, 5-year-old Vanessa Vadim took a firm chin-hold on her father, filmmaker Roger Vadim. Ordinarily, Vanessa lives in California with her mother, Jane Fonda, who is now married to the former Chicago Seven defendant Tom Hayden. When Vanessa was born her parents decided to name her after actress Vanessa Redgrave, whose political activism Jane admired.

An A&P tomato

“We are very much in love,” bubbled A&P supermarket heir George Huntington Hartford II, 63, lunching with his comely fiancée, 22-year-old Elaine Kay, at New York’s “21” Club. It will be the fourth marriage for Hartford, whose track record in matrimony is as ill-starred as his investment adventures. Hartford has plunked a sizable bite from his estimated $100 million grocery store inheritance into such on-again, off-again ventures as a Bahamas resort, a show business magazine and an art museum. Hartford is also a self-proclaimed handwriting expert. Presumably Elaine has minded her p’s and q’s in proper fashion, since the two are discussing a June wedding in London.

Golda’s dark moments

Dark clouds have been hovering over Israeli Premier Golda Meir in more ways than one. First she stood in a somber drizzle during a memorial ceremony for Israel’s unknown soldiers in Jerusalem. Then the Israelis’ proud 75-year-old leader was faced with a stubborn government crisis—the result of her Labor Party’s failure to achieve a majority in last December’s elections. Under fire from both its liberal and conservative elements, she angrily threatened to resign. That seemed to jolt her colleagues into a more cooperative mood, and she accepted their urgings to stay on.

Along came Jones

They hit the beach with something less than the surfy passion demonstrated by Deborah Kerr and Burt Lancaster in From Here to Eternity. But the famed novel’s author James Jones and his wife Gloria seemed happy in the Key Biscayne sand. The 52-year-old novelist, after 16 years in Paris, says he gave up trying to understand the French and has come back here to write about scrutable Americans.

Mrs. Allende’s tears

Mrs. Hortensia Allende used both teardrops and venom in denouncing the military junta that took over Chile last September. Her husband, President Salvador Allende Gossens, died in the coup, an apparent suicide. Speaking to the United Nations’ Human Rights Commission, Mrs. Allende castigated the junta as a “fascist group” of “four demented generals.”

Melody for Menuhin

Making fun of violin-playing in front of Yehudi Menuhin, right, is something like spoofing prayer in front of the pope. But the master seems to be maintaining his composure, even in the face of some acrobatic fiddling around by a Glasgow street entertainer, Charlie Williamson. Said Menuhin to Williamson, graciously, “You’re as much a musician in your own right as I am.”

Reagan’s daughter

Actresses Maureen Reagan, left, and her mother, Jane Wyman, ran into each other at Universal Studios in Hollywood recently, and the encounter showed that Maureen’s height may be her father’s, but her face is pure Wyman. Ms. Reagan was working on a made-for-TV movie and possible series pilot about public health workers looking for epidemics. Ms. Wyman, the first wife of California Governor Ronald Reagan, was appearing in an episode of Owen Marshall.