HAVANA - While in Cuba on assignment to cover Fidel Castro's health, U.S.-Cuban relations and the politically complicated efforts to restore Ernest Hemingway's home (a story that will air on a future Nightly News broadcast), I took some time for a more personal mission and was quite moved by the goodwill of the people I met along the way.
My wife, who is Cuban-American, asked me to try to locate her childhood home in a village about two hours from Havana. Her family moved from there to the Cuban capital in 1960, after the revolution. She then emigrated to the United States alone in 1970, returning only once, in 1980, to retrieve her mother and two brothers during the Mariel boat lift. Quite understandably, her memory of the place had faded a bit.