Cherished correspondent “J” sent in this classified ad from today’s Washington Post.
Minimum Qualifications: College degree in English or related field or equivalent experience required; may have advanced degree in one of these fields or in science. 57 years of experience in copyediting scientific subject matter and knowledge of all aspects of production (electronic editing, proofreading, and page layout) is necessary.
I’ll make a note to call them immediately on my 85th birthday! (Get it? That’s because I have roughly 10 years of experience now, and they need 57 years of experience, so I’m 38 now, so I need to add 47 more years to get 57 years of experience, which takes us to 85 … oh, never mind. It wasn’t that good of a joke anyway.)