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Letter: Numbers add up for newsman

By Aziz Inan, University of Portland, Portland
Published: February 18, 2020, 6:00am

Legendary newsman James Charles Lehrer (Jim Lehrer) passed away at 85 on Jan. 23, 2020. I put together these mathematical curiosities in his honor:

1. The sum of the letter numbers of Lehrer equals 66. Interestingly, Lehrer’s birthday number in any year 20AB equals 66 plus the right most two digits of 20AB. For example, Lehrer turned 85 in 2019 and indeed, 66 + 19 = 85.

2. Lehrer died at 85 and the reverse of the right most three digits of his birth year 1934, namely 439, is the 85th prime number.

3. In Lehrer’s birthdate 5/19/34,
5 + 19 + 34 = 58, the reverse of 85.

4. Furthermore, if 85 is split as
8 and 5, 8 x 5=40, 40th prime number is 173, and 173x(8–5)=519 (5/19).

5. Moreover, 5 + 1 + 9 + 1 + 9 + 3 + 4 = 32, the sum of the letter numbers of Jim.

6. In Lehrer’s 90th birthday, 5/19/24, 24 = 5 + 19. Also, 24 = 1 + 23, Lehrer died on 1/23.

7. The sum of the letter numbers of James Charles Lehrer equals twice 90.

8. Additionally, 24 square is 576 and 5, 7, and 6, are the number of letters in James Charles Lehrer.

9. Lehrer’s 95th birthday would have been special because 95 = 5 x 19.

10. Lastly, Lehrer’s 100th birthday is 5/19/34, the 34th prime number is 139, and the 139th day of 2034 is 5/19.

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