from the University of Rochester Rare Books and Special Collections Library:
March 4th 1963 and June 24th, 1963
Hello Mr. Exley,
Thank you for submitting to our humor section. In the end, we didn’t feel this joke was a good fit for our periodical. Our readers prefer somewhat lighter fare. Many of them read the magazine in waiting rooms or offices, and they want jokes that uplift them, leave them with a warm feeling afterward. To give you an example, here’s a joke from our most recent issue:
Q: Why is corn the best vegetable to tell a joke to?
A: Because they’re all ears!
You see what I mean? That’s a good example of the type of joke we’re looking for. For your submission to meet our standards, you would need to change the punch line. Maybe instead of the character hanging himself at the end he could slip on a banana peel. Wouldn’t that be funnier?