This program is 27 minutes long
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) USSR general secretary Mikhail Gorbachev reported visiting Fidel Castro in Cuba. Report introduced.
(Havana, Cuba: Bob Abernethy) USSR 's military aid to Cuba discussed. Gorbachev and Castro shown observing ceremony honoring revolutionary war hero Jose Marti; Gorbachev quoted with regard to debt and drug problems in Latin American [Soviet spokesperson Gennady GERASIMOV - comments on resolution of problems in Latin American]
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) NBC News' purchase of videotape of meeting between Gorbachev and Castro discussed. Report introduced.
(Havana, Cuba: Ed Rabel) USSR tourists shown in Havana, Cuba. [WOMAN - says Cubans are Sovs.' friends.] Cuban-Soviet relations examined; Soviet mechanical engineer Vitaly Spudnikailo and Rossiel Ungo featured. Soviet intervention noted not helping Cuban economy [Soviet student Gregori BATIYEV - comments on situation.] Sovs. residing in Cuba noted living and working separately from their Cuban counterparts.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Costa Rican President Oscar Arias Sanchez quoted with regard to Castro- Gorbachev mtgs. New York City anchor Garrick Utley introd.
(Studio: Garrick Utley) Captain Joseph Hazelwood, man responsible for oil spill in Prince William Sound, AK, reported missing since last week; attorney quoted. Report introduced.
(Valdez, AK: George Lewis) Efforts to save Evans Island, AK, from spreading pollution examined; details given, scenes shown. [Fishery manager Eric PRESTEGARD -comments on threat of financial losses.] Exxon noted attempting to refloat crippled tanker Exxon Valdez. [Exxon president Frank IAROSSI - comments.]
(Studio: Garrick Utley) Interior Secretary Manuel Lujan quoted with regard to repercussions of oil spill; nuclear accident in Three Mi. Island, Pennsylvania, mentioned.
(Studio: Garrick Utley) Supreme Court reported ruling that it will not intervene and dismiss chgs. against Oliver North and other defendants facing trial for their roles in Iran/Contra scandal. Report introduced.
(DC: Carl Stern) Former President Reagan recalled refusing to testify for defense Witness/intelligence official Vincent Cannistraro reported asserting that Reagan was cognizant of North's aid to Contras operation; former CIA director William Casey mentioned. Witness/Contra benefactor Ellen Garwood quoted with regard to her conversations with Reagan with regard to aid to Contras. Witness/Marine Paul X. Kelley quoted with regard to North's commitment to duty. (Artist: Betty Wells)
(Studio: Garrick Utley) Federal Aviation Administration reported announcing airport security improvements; details given, Pan Am flight 103 bombing mentioned. [Victim's brother Bert AMERMAN - comments on meeting with President Bush.] Relatives shown at memorial service for victims.
(Studio: Garrick Utley) Reagan administration recalled ordering that new United States embassy in Moscow, USSR , be torn down after bugging devices were discovered. Secretary of State James Baker's assts. reported recommending that building be saved rather than demolished.
(Studio: Garrick Utley) PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) reported announcing that it will not halt Palestinian uprising in occupied territories. Report introduced.
(DC: John Cochran) President Bush reported meeting with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak with regard to quest for peace in Mideast; details given, scenes shown. [MUBARAK - comments on peace.] Mubarak's role in persuading PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) leader Yasir Arafat to acknowledge Israel's right to statehood noted. Bush noted meeting later this week with Israeli Prime Min. Yitzhak Shamir. [American Univ. spokesperson Amos PERLMUTTER, BUSH - comment on situation.]
(Studio: Garrick Utley) President Bush noted throwing pitch to open baseball season. Report introduced.
(Cincinnati, Ohio: Bob Jamieson) Cincinnati Reds manager Pete Rose, embroiled in gambling scandal, shown at opening game in Cincinnati, Ohio. [ROSE - curses press.] [FANS - comment.] Reds noted beating Los Angeles Dodgers.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Fidel Castro reported attempting to help Cuba's economy by promoting tourism; bar which writer Ernest Hemingway frequented shown. Hotel accommodations described.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Impact of Fidel Castro's dictatorship upon Cuba examined; details given, historic scenes shown. [Latin American specialist Robert WHITE - says Castro is impressive.] [Castro biographer Tad SZULC - comments on Castro's ongoing challenge to US.] John F. Kennedy's attack upon Bay of Pigs recalled. Castro's relations with Nicaragua and Angola discussed; Mariel boatlift recalled. [Cuban-American National Fndn. spokesperson Jorge CANOSA - despises Castro.] [Feb. 1988, CASTRO -denies smuggling drugs.] [Soviet historian Roy MEDVEDEV - comments on Castro.] [SZULC - says Castro runs risk of becoming insignificant due to improving US-USSR relations] Castro's problems and strengths noted.