Update: I have discovered that this special match is now called the Beddian Birthday. Find out why by clicking to my story here.
Before another day of 2014 slips by, I must weigh in on a fact that’s quite intriguing to me.
All of us born in the year 1957 will experience our 57th birthday this year.
Considering that more people were born in America in 1957 than any other year of the celebrated baby boom — 4.3 million, according to bbhq.com — that confluence of numbers is significant for a lot of people.
There are millions of us Americans running around that will turn 57 this year, our special class of birth year 1957. That’s a lot of candles on a lot of cakes.
Think about it.
For one thing, unless you live longer than 100 years AND were born toward the beginning of the century, your age matching the last two digits of your birth year will happen just once a lifetime.
Those of you born in 2000, unless you reach 100, forget it. And passing the century mark is the only way the last two digits of your birth and your age could possibly be an exact match.
For some reason, the match only happens for anybody every other year. I discovered this by using my fingers, toes and trial and error. For example: Those people born in 1956 turned 56 years old in 2012. Those people born in 1958 will turn 58 in 2016. (Feel free to explain with formulas in the comment section, math majors.)
If you’re 13 or younger, your match has gone by. Did you notice? If you were born in 1956 or earlier, you’ve had your magic year already. Anybody figure out the match?
Take note TV hosts Matt Lauer and Katy Couric, singers Donnie Osmond and Gloria Estefan, actors Steve Harvey and Ray Romana, civil rights leader Martin Luther King III and director Spike Lee. All of you share this:
We were all born in 1957. We will all turn 57 years old this year.
Kind of special, don’t you think?
Let’s start a movement. (I know, for the men this may be easier than for the women.) We have made it this far. We think 57 is the new 57. That’s right. We are proud of the number. In some ways we feel like we’re 17. In other ways, we love what’s happened in the 40 years since then.
It’s our year.
Don’t you think No. 57 is the one to go big on for your birthday? I wrote another post about our Beddian year suggesting just that.
Here’s the link to comment about your Beddian Birthday celebration, whether it’s gone by, or still to come.