The Komodo Dragon Expert

by Bob Elliot and Ray Goulding
Ray: Have you noticed the "in vogue" words - words that you seem to hear more 
and more every day? Words like "pejorative" ... "charisma" ... and "dichotomy". 
Susskindisms, we call them. (And I use that in the pejorative sense.) And - 
"expertise". You seem to hear that every day more and more. Expertise implies 
that you're listening, I guess, to the words of an expert, and that's one thing we 
have plenty of here... experts. We're fortunate to have with us, now, the world 
renowned Komodo dragon authority from Upper Montclair, New Jersey. His name is 
Doctor Daryll Dexter. Doctor, would you tell everybody all about the Komodo dragon, 
please?

Bob: The Komodo dragon is the world's largest living lizard. It's a ferocious 
carnivore. It's found on the steep-sloped island of Komodo in the lesser Sunda 
Chain of the Indonesian Archipelago and the nearby islands of Rinja, Padar, and 
Flores. And one swipe of the Komodo dragon's tail can render an enemy senseless.

Ray: Where do they come from?

Bob: Your Komodo dragon, the world's largest living lizard, is found... in the 
lesser Sunda Chain of the Indonesian Archipelago... and the nearby islands of 
Rinja, Padar, and Flores. We have two in this country at the National Zoo in 
Washington... which were given to us by the late former Premier of Indonesia... 
Sukarno... some years ago.

Ray: I believe I read somewhere... that a foreign potentate gave America some 
Komodo dragons. Is that true?

Bob: Yes... the former Premier of Indonesia, Sukarno, gifted this country with 
two Komodo dragons - the world's largest living lizards... some years back... and 
they're now residing at the National Zoo in Washington.

Ray: Well, now, if we wanted to take the children to see a Komodo dragon...
where would we take the children to see a Komodo dragon?

Bob: If you were in the vicinty of our nation's capital, Washington, D.C....
you would take the kiddos to the National Zoo, and there you would see two Komodo 
dragons... the world's largest living lizard. There is a stuffed Komodo dragon in 
the lobby of the Royal Hotel in Katmandu, Nepal.

Ray: Er - they're of the lizard family?

Bob: Yes. They are the world's largest living lizard and a ferocious carnivore. 
One swipe of the Komodo dragon's tail can render an enemy senseless.

Ray: Doctor... I believe we've just about exhausted the subject. I want to 
thank you for coming here from Upper Montclair. I know it was a great hardship for 
you to get here today. Do you have a ride home?

Bob: No, I don't.

Ray: Well, maybe somebody from the audience will give you a ride home after
the show. I know we all know a great deal more now about the Komodo dragon than we 
did a few moments ago.