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A person's so-called Golden Birthday, of course, is the one on which you turn the age of the day of your birth. I was born on October 8th, so my Golden Birthday was on the October 8th that I turned eight years old . . . way back in the Beaver Cleaver Fifties.
I propose something called the Platinum Birthday. It is the age that matches the last two digits of a person's birth year. For example, I was born in 1949, so my platinum birthday was in 1998, when I turned 49 years old.
Young Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin, both born on February 12, 1809, would have shared a Platinum Birthday when they turned nine years old, in the year 1818.
John Lennon, born in 1940, just managed to get past his Platinum Birthday two months before he was murdered in 1980.
If you have a daughter born in 1999, she won't be able to celebrate Platinum until she's ninety-nine!
What about current millenials from 2000? I guess they get a choice of two: their moment of birth or age 100.
Have you reached your Platinum Birthday?
What do you think of the idea?
Reader "Andy the Platinum Leprechaun" has his own nifty twist:
"I turned 29 on 3/17/17 -- all prime numbers!" (So is 2,017.) He adds that he'll need to survive to age 88 for his Platinum Birthday.
Another approach comes from Cjet Raymond of Connecticut. She says, "I've been trying to propose this platinum birthday thing, too, differently though. I was born on March 7th (3/7). I turn 37 this year, so I've been naming it as my platinum." Cjet admits that her system is kind of exclusive to her situation. But hey, platinum is as platinum does, to misquote Forrest Gump. Are there any more angles on this out there?