Tom Lehrer Tidbits
Until somebody gets a real biography done, this is the page where I will
put up a variety of information about Tom's life, and other miscellaneous
interesting things that don't fit anywhere else.
Tom Lehrer is mentioned twice in the AMS database:
 Fagen, R. E.; Lehrer, T. A. Random walks with restraining barrier as
applied to the biased binary counter.
J. Soc. Indust. Appl. Math. 6 1958 1--14.
 Austin, T.; Fagen, R.; Lehrer, T.; Penney, W.
The distribution of the number of locally maximal elements in a random
Ann. Math. Statist. 28 (1957), 786--790.
- Tom Lehrer wrote a song for the move "A Gathering Of Eagles" (1963).
(Alice Chodkowski) Also check out the
IMDB search for some other
interesting things he did.
- In the early days of Mad Magazine, they published illustrated versions of
some of his songs. (Samuel Rebelsky)
- The CD "Waitin' for a Ride" by Darby O'Gill contains a cover of "The Irish
Ballad." This CD is listed in CDDB. No publisher info. This was produced in
someone's garage as a local effort. (Jim Sanderson)
- Story from Dave Patten:
On PBS some years back, there was a feature on public education that was
narrated in part by Keith Carradine. He had received a small bit from Tom for
the show, and sang it sans music. I only remember one line- "and now our
schools are like combat sectors, with guns and bombs and metal detectors..."
Can anybody verify this?
- Little story by Louis Pashman:
From about 1949-1958, I went to summer camp in Maine at camp
Androscoggin. Tom Lehrer had been a camper there quite a while before
me. He used to come back to camp each year for several days and
entertain all of us with crazy songs.
- Drew Mathers came up with the updated UCSC search page.
- In the Nov 7, 1996 edition the LA
Times ran an interview with Tom Lehrer. For a nominal fee you can get the
interview off their website.
- April 9, 1996, was Tom's 68th birthday, which means he was born April 9,
- The Elements was used several years ago
on a PBS special on cold fusion.
- Here's what Todd Everett told me:
Tom is very much alive; I spoke with him last week for a
brief feature I'm doing for the Los Angeles Times' Ventura County
Edition in connection with a local production of "Tomfoolery." He still
lives in Cambridge, and spends a few months each year teaching math for
non-mathameticians at the University of California in Santa Cruz. And he
(relatively recently) wrote a song called "That's Mathematics" that Dr.
Demento plays now and again and has on one of his fan club compilations.
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