A Jane Goodall Encounter

Jane GoodallNote: Check the comments of this entry to read about our contributors’ thoughts on the Sept 26 2007 episode. Seems we all had a bunch to say.

Now a little anecdote.

My husband (you can call him Mr. Go Lightly) was a volunteer for an organization that was hosting a presentation by Jane Goodall. This was back in the early 1990s. Lots of rich people paid to hear her speak, but she took the time afterwards to meet the volunteers. The volunteers were all young people and very much intimidated by meeting a hero of theirs. Jane Goodall is certainly a force when it comes to her passion for her work with chimpanzees and the effect humans have on the rest of the natural world, but I suppose she has her shy and reserved moments. She entered the room and all the volunteers fell silent. It was a very uncomfortable and tense because no one quite knew what to say to Jane Goodall.

After what seemed like an eternity my husband was the first to speak. The only thing he could think of saying was “You must find life so much less hectic in the jungle.” Jane Goodall smiled and confirmed that her schedule is more hectic in the city. She then thanked all the volunteers and walked out of the room. Everyone then turned to my husband and thanked him for saying something as no one else could think of anything to say.

Tonight Jane Goodall will be a guest on The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos.

– Go Lightly –

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