Date: July 10, 2006
To: Dr. Richard S. Lindzen, MIT
From: Dr. John Q. Colleague [not anyone's real name]
Subj: Scientific Solidarity
I’m sorry I had to decline your lunch invitation today. You seemed to know the excuse I gave you was just a cover. Of course, the reality was simply that the tenure committee is considering my application this week, and it just wouldn’t do at this particular moment for me to be seen hobnobbing with you.