"The simpler the society, the stronger the values," he says. "You can go into a village where they're impoverished by our standards. You'll see a strong family solidarity. You'll see people accepting responsibility to be honorable. You'll see a value system that is devoid of materialism. People there are so refreshingly innocent that they would offer you their last slice of bread or whatever they had, with no thought about 'what's in it for me?' "
Next on his itinerary, Goddard says, is a flight at the controls of an F-15 Eagle jet in September at Edwards Air Force Base, then a safari with 32 others next summer to Kenya and Tanzania, his 13th trip to those countries.
"I don't believe in retirement," he insists.
John Goddard says it with a belief in himself as unshakable as his disdain for Father Time.
WHERE AND WHEN
What: "Conquering the Impossible," a lecture by explorer John Goddard.
Location: Learning Tree University, 20920 Knapp St., Chatsworth.
Hours: 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Price: $49; couples, $79.
Call: (818) 882-5599.