RAY: Tonight we’re talking to Darrel Dexter, the Komodo-dragon expert, from Upper Montclair, New Jersey. Say, doctor, would you tell us a little bit about the Komodo dragon?
BOB: Happy to! The Komodo dragon is the world’s largest living lizard. It’s a ferocious carnivore found on the steep-sloped island of Komodo, in the lesser Sunda chain of the Indonesian archipelago, and the nearby islands of Rintja, Padar, and Flores.
RAY: Where do they come from?
BOB: [Mystified pause.] The Komodo dragon, world’s largest living lizard, is found on the island of Komodo, in the lesser Sunda chain of the Indonesian Archipelago, and the nearby islands of Rinja, Padar, and Flores. We have two in this country that were given to us some years ago by the late former Premier of Indonesia, Sukarno, and they reside in the National Zoo, in Washington.
RAY: I, ah, believe I read somewhere, where a foreign potentate gave America some Komodo dragons. Is that true?
BOB: [Pause.] Yes. The former Premier of Indonesia, Sukarno, gifted our country with two Komodo dragons—the world’s largest living lizards—and they reside at the National Zoo, in Washington.
RAY: Well, now, if we wanted to take the youngsters to see a Komodo dragon—where would we take them?
Looking Back at Bob and Ray : The New Yorker. Bob and Ray were indescribably great. One of my favorite sketches of theirs is the one in which they’re selling advertising space on the Bob and Ray Orbiting Satellite. When someone expresses skepticism that advertising on a satellite is likely to be successful, he’s told that, to the contrary, any advertising on the Bob and Ray Orbiting Satellite will be quite visible because the device will occupy an orbit twenty-eight feet above the surface of the earth.