Dick Taylor Story
How I got hired at Stanford
When I interviewed in the physics dept in 1995 Dick was in the search committee from SLAC. "I am on the committee sort of to make sure they do not hire their cousin" was his explanation.
So he took me to lunch with his MG convertible, sporting some archaic/bizarre seat belts. I briefly looked at the carabiner-like buckle and, click, buckled up. Dick turned around and thundered: "Wow, that is a good experimentalist! Everybody fumbles with this thing and it's the first time I see someone use it so smoothly."
So, maybe he was only checking that they were not hiring their cousin, but I like to think that buckling up on the way to lunch was what got me the Stanford job!