Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Where were you when we tried to reach 62?

62*: Some important facts about 62, and what the number means.

62 is a composite number with the divisors 2 and 31 being the eighteenth discreet semiprime, product of two prime numbers. The Great Rhombicosidodecahedron is an Archimedean Solid with 62 Faces. 62! = 3.14699733 × 1085.

62 is the code for international direct dial calls to Indonesia, the address of the home of Wallace and Gromit is located on West Wallaby Street, the number of counties in New York state and the number of moons orbiting Jupiter. And Pliny the Younger was born in 62 A.D.

At age 62, Ed Sullivan, introduced the Beatles to America, Franklin Roosevelt won a fourth term as President, and John Wayne won an Oscar for Best Actor for True Grit .

In 1962, The Beatles first record, "My Bonnie" with Tony Sheridan, is released by Polydor and Ringo Starr replaces Pete Best as their drummer.

In 1962, the first black student, James Meredith registers at the University of Mississippi, Johnny Carson takes over as permanent host of NBC's Tonight Show, and President John F. Kennedy makes a commitment that America will send a man to the moon by the end of the decade. And 2062 is the year when the cartoon show The Jetsons takes place.

All very important references to the number 62.

However, for the next week, 62 is the important number in New Jersey for another reason: It's the only Marriage Equality will pass.

21 members of the Senate. 41 members of the Assembly equal 62. That's the magic number.

So, the question remains: Where were you, when we tried to reach 62?


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