J. Wayne Reitz and Charley Johns corresponded often during the Johns Committee investigations. The following are excerpts from some of their letters.
January 22, 1959
Dear Senator Johns,
Thank you for your letter of January 19 in which you state that the Florida Legislative Investigating Committee will be able to present me with some evidence in the very near future. This I assure you will be most welcome.
-J. Wayne Reitz
December 12, 1959
Dear Dr. Reitz,
I want you to know that you have my deepest sympathy in having to do all of the dirty work that is done at the University of Florida. First, it was your painful duty to call in those professors, whom we exposed, who you had known for years and have to fire them...Let me congratulate you again, Doctor, on your difficult job and say that I am glad you do not shirk your responsibility. I have told many people that when the "cards were down," Dr. Reitz was not lacking.
-Charley E. Johns
Reitz also responded to letters from the community about the investigations.
May 26, 1959
Dear Mr. Smith,
This will acknowledge your letter in which you express concern over the behavior of certain members of the faculty of the University of Florida...We are taking greater precautions with respect to the screening of staff members in the future. In this connection you might be interested to know that of the 14 staff members dismissed, 12 of them had been on the staff prior to my assuming the presidency.
-J. Wayne Reitz
The American Association of University Professors informed professors of their rights, but those who had something to fear were too afraid to ask for an arrest warrant or subpoena. Either of these would mean that their private lives could be played out for the public to read about in the newspaper.
In a 1972 interview, Charley Johns said he saw the committee as a way to stamp out homosexuality. He said he was particularly disturbed by the number of homosexuals at U.F. "I don't get no love out of hurting people. But that situation in Gainesville, my Lord have mercy. I never saw nothing like it in my life. If we saved one boy from being made homosexual, it was justified."