This is a transcription of my talk on the work of Doug Ravenel. While it was intended as a one-time performance, the organizers felt it would be a good idea to have some representation appear as part of the conference proceedings. Don Davis went to the great trouble of transcribing the lecture from a video, and he sent it to me. After reading it I agreed to have it included in these proceedings. Even though the text is ungrammatical, repetitious and meandering (apparently that's how I talk), it feels to me as if it conveys something about how the world of algebraic topology has felt all these years with Doug in it. So with heartfelt thanks to Don Davis, here it is.
Michael J. Hopkins. "The mathematical work of Douglas C. Ravenel." Homology Homotopy Appl. 10 (3) 1 - 13, 2008.