An honorable entry
The acclaimed academic, Dr. Sir Walter TJ. Fitzbody, accompanied the equally accessible expert of aboriginal history, Dr. Mugambe H. C. Carriky, slowly to the platform to acept his National Science Foundation Award. Both were noted for their absenteeism, rarely seen in public and still marveled at for their abnormal usage of double abbreviations in their names. That it was Dr. Carriky, the former pupil of Dr. Fitzbody who was receiving this life-time award before his mentor was only minor. Dr. Fitzbody knew that academia was not always fair and, having always been rather accommodating for his favorite student anyhow, was taking the event as an honor to his work as well.
When Dr. Carriky accidentally tripped over the toe of a person with his leg extended too far into the aisle, the gasps of the crowd conveniently covered the abusive words that came out of Dr. Carriky's mouth. The man did not take the abuse kindly, however, and abandoning all respect, began to rise to respond to the guest of honor. Dr. Fitzbody, sensing trouble, quickly accelerated towards the stage. It did not matter that an accessory of his robe was lost to the floor as they escaped. The rest of the audience, sensing a need for accommodation, politely gave clear access so that no further mishaps would occur.
Having accomplished their entry, Dr. Fitzbody began his introduction of Dr. Carriky. He gently smiled and said a joke that related the fall to a historical abstraction. The crowd laughed in relief and breathed easily as they knew that honor and dignity had been restored.