Pretend you’re a mouse. It’s a stretch, I know. For some of you.
Now, pretend you’re a mouse with an intellect rival to that of a human being. Like mouse-Stephen-Hawking, mouse-Einstein. Harder still, eh?
And imagine you used your incredible mousey intellect to design a supercomputer named Deep Thought, in order to ask her one question:
What is the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything?
And seven-and-a-half million years later, Deep Thought tells you this:
42 is the answer to the ultimate question of life the universe and everything.
You would agree, if you were a mouse-genius, or at least, if you’ve ever stumbled across one of Douglas Adams’ delightful science fiction novels in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. That’s my excuse.
But also, you would probably find 42 to be a significant number if you have ever been inside a baseball stadium. Which is more what this Throwback Thursday article is about, as you might guess.
Because, you know, Jackie Robinson wore number 42. And, I might add, Jackie Robinson was The Man. (And I don’t mean that in the stick-it-to-the-man way.) But we talk about Jackie Robinson so often, don’t we? So why today? Because, dear reader, tomorrow, a very special movie about a very special man is coming to theaters near you. Yes, that’s right, it’s 42, the Jackie Robinson story and who cares if it’s going to be good (it is), because baseball.
We could sit here and go through the story of Jackie’s life, but that would include too many spoilers. So this weekend, while you’re struggling through that painful pre-preview “entertainment” at your local movie theater, or waiting in line outside in the near-freezing cold for the 10pm showing tonight, why not whip out some Jackie Robinson trivia to go with that fluorescent-yellow popcorn? It will be a good time (But it probably won’t help with the kernels that are stuck in your teeth).
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