Have you ever been in a position where someone asks you for a reference to get a job and you find yourself in an awkward
position? You don't want to lie, but you really can't tell the truth because it will hurt.
Robert Thornton, professor of economics at Lehigh University, once composed the ideal letter to fit the situation:
I am pleased to say that this candidate is a former colleague of mine. In my opinion you
will be fortunate to get this person to work for you. I recommend him with no qualifications whatsoever.
No person would be better for the job. I urge you to waste no time in making this
candidate an offer of employment. All in all, and without reservation, I cannot say
enough good things about him, nor can I recommend him too highly.
Bits & Pieces, April 2, 1992.