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    Re: Age: is it relevant?
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2005 Apr 8, 18:24 EDT

    George H wrote:
    "Frank Reed recently chose to  tell us that he is 41 years old."
    And so far, from people who've  contacted me on and off list, that's the
    lower limit of age for the list. I'm  still very interested to hear if there are
    younger people who follow this list.  Anyone under 30? Anyone under 40???
    And George joked:
    "Remarkable,  that. I had taken him to be MUCH younger."
    Thank you, George. I also  thanked you the first time you made this joke less
    than a month after I joined  the list back in December, 2003. Remember?? Back
    when you all were so  defensive about "Slocum's lunars"? Ahh, the good ole
    "For  anyone who thinks it to be relevant, I'm seventy"
    I had guessed 72. Not  far off. But just so we're clear, I don't care a bit
    if you're 72 or 42. But to  answer the question you posed as the subject of
    this message, yes, it's  relevant. The age distribution of the list is relevant
    to me in a few  ways:
    1) A question of common culture. There are other lists that I follow,  which
    I judge to have a significantly younger age distribution, where I might  make
    a reference to an American adult cartoon called "Family Guy" and people  might
    find it amusing. It's exported to many countries so that aspect of common
    culture is not in doubt, but it makes a great many pop culture references that
    are generation-specific. If ya don't get the jokes, ya don't watch the show
    --of  course and nothing wrong with that. There's an episode that makes one of
    the  funniest latitude & longitude references I've ever seen in pop culture but
    I  haven't brought it up on this list for that very reason: it is not part of
    our  common culture given the age distribution of the list (I could be wrong!
    anyone  know the lat/lon bit I'm talking about?)
    2) Who are we reaching? If this list  is just for the education and amusement
    of elderly men, well ok, so be it, but I  think that's worth knowing.
    3) The age distribution says something about the  fate of celestial
    navigation and the potential marketplace for products in the  field. That's of interest
    to me.
    42.0N 87.7W, or 41.4N  72.1W.

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