Learning the ropes CNN reporter Mike Chinoy,...

Learning the ropes CNN reporter Mike Chinoy, one of the first Americans to enter China in the early 1970s when the Communist nation began to open to outsiders, plans an hourlong special, "China: The Quiet Revolution," tonight.

The program recounting the Beijing bureau chief's two decades as an inside China watcher premieres at 9 p.m. on the cable network, and follows Mr. Chinoy on a recent attempt to revisit people he encountered during the days of the Chairman Mao Tse-tung's Cultural Revolution.


Monarch welcomed under Union Jack

Queen Elizabeth II was greeted with cheers and flag-waving at a British military base yesterday, in sharp contrast to the sometimes hostile reception she got elsewhere in Cyprus.


Her visit for a Commonwealth summit has revived old resentments against British rule. Many Cypriots want to shut down the two British military bases on the island, which gained independence in 1960.

Quayle finds chapter in book daunting

Former Vice President Dan Quayle says he is having trouble working on one particular part of his planned book, a chapter he has titled "How to Lose an Election."

"That is much more difficult to write" than the chapter he calls "Murphy and Me," he told a convention in Indianapolis, referring to his criticism of fictional television character Murphy Brown (played by Candice Bergen).

Cable viewers favor 'Gone With the Wind'

What is the favorite American movie of all time? Viewers of the TNT cable network have chosen "Gone With the Wind."

The sweeping adaptation of Margaret Mitchell's novel led the top 10 choices in a summer poll of TNT viewers by a 6-to-1 margin, the network announced.

The other favorite movies, in descending order: "Star Wars," "Casablanca," "The Wizard of Oz," "It's a Wonderful Life," "Ghost," "To Kill a Mockingbird," "Alien," "Doctor Zhivago and "Ben-Hur."


New Gaines novel set for Disney TV movie

Three of writer Ernest Gaines' works became TV movies, and No. 4 is on the way, according to Walt Disney Television. Mr.

Gaines' latest novel, "A Lesson Before Dying," which relates the tale of a small Louisiana town faced with the pending execution of a young man, is due for production soon.

"The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman" and "A Gathering of Old Men" were filmed for commercial television, and "The Sky is Gray" was shown on PBS.


Football hall-of-famer Y. A. Tittle is 67. Actor F. Murray Abraham is 54. Actor Kevin Kline is 46.