Dean Sanderson had set up a general meeting for all participants in the Ogopogo research project. He had reserved Theatre B of The University of British Columbia so as to accommodate what could potentially be a large turnout.
The dean stood at the podium of the large lecture facility and proceeded to bring the meeting to order. A significant number of people had indeed shown up for this meeting.
“I’d like to welcome all of you and thank all of you for attending our first formal organizational meeting. We have a daunting task ahead of us in organizing and planning for the implementation of an expedition to search for Ogopogo, our province’s legendary lake monster. As most of you are very likely aware the existence of Ogopogo has not been scientifically established either positively or negatively.
Supporting the argument for the reality of The Lake Demon, a name that was first given to the creature by our First Nations peoples, are an impressive number of reported and documented sightings of the marine animal. Most of these reported sightings have been by people of impeccable integrity, Yes, there have unfortunately been some hoaxes by disreputable persons over the years, but human nature being such as it is, these occurrences are to be expected. Still, we must not allow the tomfoolery of a few misguided individuals stand in the way of the gathering of relevant data by reputable scientific investigation. As he is much better versed in the nature of our subject than I am, I would like to call upon and introduce our renowned professor of marine biology, a respected member of the faculty of The University of British Columbia, Dr. Lionel Phelge.
A generous outpouring of applause greeted Dr. Phelge as he took his position at the podium. He opened his black briefcase and took out a thick folder which he proceeded to place upon the lectern. He next proceeded to turn on the lamp that was attached to the podium.
“I must apologize for my somewhat impaired vision. Last year I, unfortunately, required emergency surgery on my left eye as a result of a detached retina, As I did not get to the surgeon’s within the recommended window of time, he was unable to save much of the vision in my left eye, This being the case, I now require enhanced lighting and increased magnification when I am required to read or to refer to my notes. This is why I have the large round magnification deice around my neck. I will be using it whenever I have difficulty reading my own notes,” explained the professor.