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By the time he was my age, Dietrich Bonhoeffer had been dead for three years.
Josh Souliere: Happy 126th!
Took me a bit to catch that; for some reason, my mind went to “42 in a different base” at first, but that didn’t fit at all. But too be fair, the total number of 42’s in all pictures is 11 with a 43 appearing as well, so the total really comes to 505. ;0)
Winter: According to geek numerology, it will be a year of big questions and dubious answers.
Or is that, “big answers and uncertain questions”? ;)
I have nothing clever to say,
but HAPPY BIRTHDAY anyway!
Vermic: You are exactly half the age of Tim LaHaye, and exactly 354 times the writer he could ever be.
You’re missing a few zeroes after the ‘4’. Roughly about 100,000 of them. ;)
Well, we can’t all get executed for trying to assassinate Hitler, now can we?
happy birthday Fred!
Is this your birthday? O_O Dude! It’s mine too!
Awesome, I share a birthday with one of my favorite bloggers! o/
“Fred is 42. Does that mean that he is the answer to life, the universe, and everything?”
Yes, but only for a year.
Happy Birthday, Fred. And Many Happy Returns of the Day.
Forty-two, huh? Too young to remember the first Moon landing, maybe barely old enough to remember the last one.
Congrats on completing another trip around the sun! (There may be nothing new under the sun, but that’s OK: we’re out here, you know!)
Jon Anderson reached the peak of his fame and fortune at 42. And, well, it was the fame and fortune that peaked; the music, fortunately, has kept getting steadily better.
Happy birthday, Fred! You rock too!
Happy birthday Fred! Keep up the awesome. I hope you live long enough to get to book seven, at least.
@Fred: Happy Birthday and some junk. Your random trivia: “1968 was the only year of the twentieth century during which no British serviceman or servicewoman was killed in action.”
@StuJay, Jason and probably others: Properly, he’s the answer to *the ultimate question of* life, the universe, and everything. The difference is subtle, but important.
@Tonio re vanishing years: I don’t know, I liked a few of the years between 1975 and 2000. (And yes, I was alive for all of them, which puts a lower limit on my age.) Some of the ones after 2000 I could do without. Can we pick which years didn’t exist? Do they have to be the same for everyone?
@Tonio re kids these days: Heck, I was doing that one when I was in high school. I can’t speak for everyone, but when I and my friends do it, it is with full ironic intent. Similarly, just speaking from my own experience growing up a Unitarian Universalist actively involved in gaming and SF fandom, I encountered very little generational bias. About the closest I personally come to it is along the lines of “You were born into the era of personal computers, and have a 21st century college degree. How can you *not* know how to [insert basic computer task]?”
TMBG: I was young and foolish then; I feel old and foolish now.
And one more song to bring things together: How many roads must a man walk down, before you can call him a man?