It turned out the reason I had not memorized and recited over the years was that I wasn’t very good at it. After a few weeks of practice, I decided to use a teleprompter and accordingly looked around to see what was needed and then assembled a suitable one.
The heart of it is a mirror, frame, and hood purchased from Teleprompter Products at http://www.telepromptermirror.com/index.htm .
They also have a nice program to run display the script which I downloaded and put to use. The laptop is a used Dell that powers the monitor located just below the mirror.
My view of the teleprompter.