Dear Mr. Tygar:
Selection of a new faculty member is a serious process. You can therefore
imagine how surprised I was by the tone of one of your recommendation letters.
I have enclosed a copy of this document. While a sense of humor is not completely
undesirable, there are times when jokes are clearly inappropriate. I should
not need to remind you that there are many candidates for this job who will
take it seriously. I suggest you talk with this Dr. Scheffer; if we receive
a serious recommendation from him we may restore your name to the list of
candidates for our faculty position. Until then we regard your candidacy
with the same seriousness as you regard our recommendation process.
Chairman, Faculty Selection Committee
P.S. The only bright point in this whole dismal affair is that after we posted
this letter on the department bulletin board, a group of undergraduates
wrote Dr. Scheffer for permission to publish the letter in their
yearbook. If he replies in the affirmative, your name will become the
laughingstock it deserves to be.