The other day one of my old TAs forwarded me this email from a former student of hers:
My name is [Student]. I was in your [lab] last summer. I don't know if you remember me or not, but I was there. I sent you some Brian Regan clips a while back. Anyway, hey, I was wondering if you can help me out. I am trying to get a hold of the professor. I am almost sure his last name was [Minnow], but I can't remember his first name. Also, I think he left the school for another one. My point is, I am trying to get into Dental school and I need some professors to write letters of recommendation for me and I was going to see if he would be interested. Can you help me out at all? If not, thanks anyway.
Um, yeah, Dude Who Can't Even Remember My Name*, let me get right on that for you.
*He emailed me today and tried to make it sound like we were tight during the semester**.
**I politely told him I don't remember him and he'd be better off having someone else write on his behalf.