15 February 2013
The Answer Is 42
One of my all time favorite series of novels are those that make up Douglas Adams' "Hitchhikers Guide To the Galaxy". One subplot tells of a race of hyper-intelligent pan-dimensional beings who build a computer "Deep Thought" to calculate the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything. The answer revealed was 42. Of course, no one knows the proper question to get that answer, but that's another very funny problem.
One of the best questions ever solved by the answer of 42 was: Which baseball player will be remembered as one of the greatest players ever both on and off the field? Today is the anniversary of the day when Jackie Robinson made his major league debut at Ebbets Field as number 42 for the Dodgers. On April 15, 1947 Jackie became the first player since 1880 to openly break the major league baseball color line.