South Africa and the Worldwide Web of Life

When I interviewed iconic comic actor Bob Newhart in 2007 for AARP: The Magazine, I asked what his favorite vacation of all-time was. "I recently went on a safari in South Africa and it was like going back to the Garden of Eden," he responded, the memory lighting up his face.

My wife, Sandra Wells, and I decided we wanted that transcendent experience. But editors resisted: safaris had already been written about (and they wouldn't want to run another story about Paris, we assume). Or they argued that Americans think Africa is