At the tender age of 10 weeks, Amanda Smidt is the product of a broken home. Her parents split up to keep their jobs. "We're paying a lot of money for baby sitters," Jeffrey Smidt said from his rented home in Oconomowoc in Waukesha County, Wis., 20 miles west of Milwaukee, where his wife, Cheryl, a licensed practical nurse, is sharing an apartment with a friend. Jeffrey Smidt, 28, is a deputy with the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department, and his job requires him to live in the county. His wife, 25, is a paramedic for the Milwaukee Fire Department, which requires her to live in that city. "It's kind of like joint custody without being divorced," she said. Amanda is shifted back and forth between the parents, or left with a baby sitter. "A lot of people say, 'Why don't you get another job?' Cheryl Smidt said. "Well, it's not that easy. Both of us enjoy what we do."
--Interior Secretary William P. Clark, unveiling the official portrait in Washington of his predecessor, said that James G. Watt "left his mark" on President Reagan's policies toward national parks and energy development. A grinning Watt inspected the portrait by artist James Fox and told the audience of about 200 lawmakers, Interior Department employees and friends: "No matter from what angle you view it, the face is looking at you--be careful."