As Time Goes By – An Off-Key Keynote of Note
Imagine this: You are seated in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria at the Judges' Dinner. After the usual pre-prandial drinks and multi-course meal, you settle in for dessert and what you may have come to expect will be a light-hearted and entertaining speech from the keynote speaker.
On this occasion, however, you are destined to get more than you bargained for.
The speech opens on a sober note, to wit: "I do not have the slightest interest in providing entertainment for dinner parties or for anyone else. . . . My sole reason for coming here is to impress upon you the need for the legal profession to start playing a truly responsible role in our society."