The Washington Post
24 December 2000
Page B3

A look at...

The Year's Weirdest News

By Chuck Shepherd

Here is my list...of the most disturbing yet underreported stories of the year.

LAWS OF IRONY ARE STRICTLY ENFORCED: Just after publication of his book "Disciplined Minds" in May, Jeff Schmidt was fired after 19 years as a staff writer for Physics Today magazine. In his book, Schmidt argued that a hierarchical organization's structure almost guarantees that its workers cannot devote their full energy to the job; he was terminated after a supervisor learned that in his forward to the book, he playfully wrote that he had completed it partly on "stolen time" -- that is, during office hours. His employers said his dismissal was not related to what he wrote in the book.
-- Chronicle of Higher Education, June 9, 2000