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I have letters from some influential, well-known names. But I could, I suppose, have ones from even bigger names or even more influential. Yet it seems you can only get these letters if you happen to know these people somehow. And know more than just meet once at a conference. I am right about this, correct? This goes back to one of the ways that PhD prestige helps: if you happen to be taught by really big names as a grad student, you will always have their letters. And they might even introduce you to some of their big name friends.

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