Allow me, before I begin my peregrinations—my parasitological wanderings—to thank my nominators, the awards committee, Council, and members of the society for honoring me so generously and probably undeservedly with the Clark P. Read Mentoring Award. I also thank John Hawdon for his very kind and humorous introduction. John spent 5 yr in my laboratory and often joined me in my office so he could sit in the dark; but please do not interpret “sitting in darkness” as a comment on my mentoring abilities nor on John's intelligence or research abilities. As a matter of fact, I usually remained silent while John, sitting in the dark, used the fluorescence microscope. You see, the laboratory could not be darkened sufficiently to use fluorescence microscopy, whereas my office could. Meanwhile, I remained silent because if the nematodes he was trying to stimulate to feed did not feed...

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