Many happy returns to Tom Lehrer – he celebrates his 83d today. Writing and performing was a much smaller part of his life than his career as a math professor, but we’re all glad for the two decades he spent at the piano. He also worked at Los Alamos and – incredibly – at the NSA, during which time he claims to have invented the Jello shot.
April 9, 2011
How we got through the ’50s