Professor Phil O’Mathy was always pleased to give recommendations for his former students, even those who had abandoned mathematics for less rigorous studies, like particle physics, or even less understandably gone into trade. He returned once more to filling out the form that had arrived in the morning mail.
5. If applicant is known to use alcohol or drugs, has it affected his or her performance?
? Yes ? No
O’Mathy couldn’t recall ever having seen Stuyvesant drink so much as a can of beer, and his calm, even demeanor suggested no acquaintance with any stronger intoxicants. He carefully checked “Yes” and went on to question 6.