On 29 Feb 2004, Ginia Bellafante wrote in the New York Times
about the way people were dressed at the Academy Awards:
But who will forget Johnny
Depp's bow tie, obscured by a shirt collar the size of a table napkin? Or the director Peter
Jackson's floppy oversize suit and loose tie, looking as if he stopped somewhere between the
closets of John Belushi and a University of Vermont physics professor.
Unsure of just what was meant by Ms. Bellafante and unable to pass up a
chance at writing to the Grey Lady, I wrote in. Here’s my
letter to the New York Times and the article
that triggered it.
Some people with whom physics professorial attire has been compared.