August 10, 1981 12:00 PM

Hartman on assignment

A veritable who’s who of American broadcasters descended on London during the royal wedding week. While Tom Brokaw of NBC’s Today show boned up on the forthcoming play-by-play at the roost he shared with Jane Pauley in front of Buckingham Palace and CBS’s Dan Rather presumably was off interviewing somebody, ABC’s David Hartman of Good Morning America got in some R and R. Hartman, who played an ex-baseballer in his old TV series Lucas Tanner, tried his hand at cricket on a green right in town. He looked jolly good for a beginner.

Bottom’s up

Call it inverse acclimatizing. Or just call it publicity. Sir Edmund Hillary, Mount Everest’s 1953 conqueror, now 62, and fellow climbers Kim Momb (left), 25, and John Roskelley, 32, descended 3,100 feet into an Idaho silver mine to toast their planned October assault on Everest’s east face. The 15-man expedition is off to the Himalayas this month, but Hillary, who suffered pulmonary edema on a 1977 expedition, won’t go to the summit. “I’m going to use my binoculars to direct the climb from a comfortable spot below,” he grins. Call that smart.

Bowzer’s Big Top

“And I thought The Love Boat was a three-ring circus,” exclaimed Lauren Tewes, the cruise director of ABC’s ark of ardor, when she found herself ringed by clowns at the benefit opening of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus in L.A. The one without greasepaint is Sha Na Na’s bicuspid Bowzer, Jon Bauman, who like Tewes was on hand to help the Jaycees build a children’s orthopedic hospital. Bowzer’s one regret of the evening? “They wouldn’t let the lion put his head in my mouth.”

Cavett’s perfect mixer

Juggling ice cubes as deftly as he does words, TV talk show host Dick Cavett demonstrated more than one way to mix a drink at Montauk’s 20th Annual Greenery-Scenery Cocktail Party. Celeb bartenders such as Eli Wallach, Edward Albee, Dina Merrill and Eddie Arcaro served Brie and Chablis to some 800. Many seemed less impressed with the Long Island landscape they had paid to preserve than with another natural wonder, model Cheryl Tiegs, who was so beset by autograph seekers that she had to surrender bartending duty to hubby Peter Beard.

Passing the Meat Loaf

Before swashbuckling Rex Smith, right, took his final Broadway bow as Frederic in Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance, he made sure his replacement, Robby (Ice Castles, Tribute) Benson, was properly introduced to the show’s leading lady. “I’m handing the weight of the show over to you,” said Smith of 112-pound Karla DeVito, the former lead vocalist of Meat Loaf, who has replaced Linda Ronstadt. Smith will star in Universal’s film version of Pirates and is mulling another musical coup this fall, performing Leonard Bernstein’s Mass at the Kennedy Center.

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