Paul Flemming

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Originally, I said 22 years. My math abilities are horrible. Especially the year-subtracting stuff to figure out someone's age. Almost every time I do it for a story, it's a recipe for an error. I end up checking my subtraction about eight times. Still, I get it wrong. Had an error in my own mother's obituary because of this. Of course I got her age right. That's the one thing Mizzou hammers into you and it's my greatest weakness; get the age right. Surely there's some trick or chart or Web site that could help. At any rate, here's the error again. Between 1984 and 2009 are 25 years.