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Aziz S. Inan, Ph.D., is a professor in the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Portland

COURTESY PHOTO - Bob Moore, founder of Bobs Red Mill Natural Foods in Milwaukie, has become a national brand and recently celebrated his 91st birthday.Feb. 15 marked the 91st birthday of Bob Moore, the founder of Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods located in Milwaukie. Bob is a pioneer in producing high-quality nutritional whole-grain foods. The natural food business he founded in 1978 is an Oregon success story that continues to be an inspiration for generations to come.

When I met Bob personally at the store in Milwaukie, I appreciated his genuine and humble personality. I wanted to do something special for him on this occasion. After investigating some of the numbers in his life, I put together this set of numerical properties as a birthday gift for him:

Bob's full name and his new age, 91, have an interesting "prime" connection: if numbers 1 through 26 are assigned to letters A through Z, the sum of the letter numbers of Bob Moore equals 85. The 85th prime number is 439 and half of the reverse of 439, namely 934, equals 467, and 467 is the 91st prime number.

Aziz InanBob's 91st birthday, Feb. 15, coincides with the 46th day of this year. If 46 is split into its digits 4 and 6, the product of the fourth and sixth prime numbers, namely 7 and 13, yields 91.

Additionally, 7 plus 13 equals 20 and 20 equals the left and right halves of 2020.

The reverse of Bob's new age, 91, is 19 and 19 equals the sum of the letter numbers of Bob.

Furthermore, the digits of 91, 9 and 1, differ by 8 and 8 equals the sum of the digits of Bob's birthdate, 2/15 (2 + 1 + 5 = 8).

The reverse of 215 (2/15), namely 512, equals 8 cube.

Moreover, the reverse of 46 (see item # 2), namely 64, equals 8 square.

Also, the eighth prime number is 19 and 19 is the reverse of 91 (Bob's new age).

Bob and Moore consist of 3 and 5 letters respectively. The difference and the sum of 3 and 5 are 2 and 8. Note that 2 cube equals 8 and 8^2 is 64 (see item # 7).

Lastly, Bob turned 91 and entered the 92nd year of his life. Note that the reverses of 91 and 92, namely 19 and 29, put side by side yield Bob's birth year, 1929.

Thank you for your lifelong dedication in advocating for healthier and nutritional foods, Bob Moore. I hope you had a happy and healthy 91st birthday!

P.S. Coincidentally, my mom Ayse, who is visiting us from Istanbul, Turkey, turned 91 last November and she also wanted to wish Bob a happy 91st birthday. She and my dad visited Bob's Red Mill store with us about five years ago, and I introduced them to Bob. My mom (who cooked for us 24/7 when we were growing up) loved Bob's store and she was impressed with Bob's nutritional products.

Aziz S. Inan, Ph.D., is a professor in the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Portland.


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