For exiled Soviet writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn, it was his first visit to the U.S. His view was not of the Statue of Liberty but of some turf very much like home. His Russian roots impelled him to Alaska, until 1867 a Russian colony and separated by only one mile from the U.S.S.R. Guided about Juneau by Father Cyril Bulashevich of St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church in Exile, Solzhenitsyn, who is now living in Canada, practiced his English. Corrected at one point by his wife, he tossed her a small Russian-English dictionary. She was right.
The Daley habit
When Chicago Mayor Richard Daley’s son got married, it had to be, politically if not romantically, the wedding of the year. But getting to the church on time was not easy. Some weeks back the Chicago press rudely identified the bride, Mary Lou Briatta, as the daughter of a reputed gambling boss. Then, outside a big prenuptial celebration, Sun-Times cartoonist Bill Mauldin was beaten up while photographing the politicos’ double-parked cars. The heat was on, so the wedding was moved up a month, the church changed, and Hizzoner gave reporters the slip. No problem for the bride, though. She arrived in a Chicago fire department official’s limousine.
After a year of illness and semiseclusion on her 190-acre Gettysburg, Pa. farm, Mamie Eisenhower, 78, emerged last week looking chipper to receive a gift from the senior class at Eisenhower College in Seneca Falls, N.Y. It was the school’s fourth commencement, and the high point of the ceremony came when she was presented with the first Alumni Rocking Chair. Nothing fazed, Mamie promptly showed that as a chairperson she’s a super-rocker.
Britt with Rod
One of London’s more colorful—and flamboyantly dressed—pop-rock stars, Rod Stewart lost little time in shedding his threads when he arrived in Los Angeles, the better to soak up the sun and cozy up to 31-year-old actress Britt Eklund. While Rod, 30, and The Faces cut a new album, Britt, once married to Peter Sellers, rhapsodized about Rod. “I know people didn’t expect our relationship to last,” she says, “but we’ve just celebrated our two months’ anniversary.”
Waving to a cheering crowd watching the New York Cosmos play the Vancouver Whitecaps, Brazil’s soccer king Pelé has every reason to cheer back. Last year Pelé turned down a request from the government of Brazil to play in the World Cup Competition—and Brazil lost the cup. Now Pelé has undergone a change of heart—and pocketbook—and will end his retirement by accepting a three-year contract to play for the Cosmos. The reported terms: a cool $7 million—which even in Brazilian cruzeiros is muito dinheiro.