On the Number 99

99 in Mathematics
1) The 50th odd number = 99
2) The 23rd lucky numbers = 99
3) The 19th palindromic number = 99
4) 3 x 33 = 99
5) 9 x 11 = 99
6) 3 x 3 x 11 = 99
7) Sum of 4th to 14th numbers = 4 + 5 + 6 + 7 + 8 + 9 + 10 + 11 + 12 + 13 + 14 = 99
8) 92 = 9801 = 98 + 01 = 99
9) Sum of the 1st & 25th prime numbers = 2 + 97 = 99
10) Sum of the 2nd, 4th, 24th prime numbers = 3 + 7 + 89 = 99
11) Sum of the 3rd, 5th, 23rd prime numbers = 5 + 11 + 83 = 99
12) Sum of the 4th, 6th, 22nd prime numbers = 7 + 13 + 79 = 99
13) Sum of the 5th, 7th, 20th prime numbers = 11 + 17 + 71 = 99
14) Sum of the 2nd, 10th, 19th prime numbers = 3 + 29 + 67 = 99
15) Sum of the 1st & 70th composite numbers = 4 + 95 = 99
16) Sum of the 2nd & 68th composite numbers = 6 + 93 = 99
15) Sum of the 3rd & 66th composite numbers = 8 + 91 = 99
16) Sum of the 4th & 65th composite numbers = 9 + 90 = 99
17) Sum of the 6th & 63rd composite numbers = 12 + 87 = 99
18) Sum of the 33rd & 34th composite numbers = 49 + 50 = 99
19) Sum of the 4th cube number & 23rd composite numbers = 64 + 35 = 99
20) Sum of the 2nd cube number & 13th triangular number = 8 + 91 = 99
21) Sum of the 4th triangular number & 11th Fibonacci number = 10 + 89 = 99
22) Sum of the 23rd prime number & 4th square number = 83 + 16 = 99
23) Sum of the 10th triangular number & 29th composite number = 55 + 44 = 99
24) Sum of the 12th triangular number & 8th Fibonacci number = 78 + 21 = 99
25) Square root of 99 = 9.949874371
26) Cube root of 98 = 4.626065009
27) ln 99 = 4.59511985 (natural log to the base e)
28) log 99 = 1.995635195 (logarithm to the base 10)
29) Sin 99o = 0.98768834
Cos 99o = -0.156434465
Tan 99o = -6.313751515
30) 1/99 expressed as a decimal = 0.01010101
31) The 47th & 48th digits of e = 99
The 48th & 49th digits of e = 99
The 117th & 118th digits of e = 99

e = 2.7182818284 5904523536 0287471352 6624977572 4709369995
         9574966967 6277240766 3035354759 4571382178 5251664274
         2746639193 2003059921 8174135966 2904357290 0334295260
         5956307381 3232862794 3490763233 8298807531 9525101901
         1573834187 9307021540 8914993488 4167509244 7614606680

(Note: The 99th-108th digits of e = 7427466391 is the first 10-digit prime in
consecutive digits of e. This is the answer to the Google Billboard question
that may lead to a job opportunity at Google.com, San Jose Mercury News, 7-10-2004)
32) π = 3.14159265 35897932384626433832795028841971693993751
The 44th & 45th digits of pi, π = 99
The 79th & 80th digits of pi, π = 99
The 459th & 460th digits of pi, π = 99
33) The 375th & 376th digits of phi, φ = 99
Phi or φ = 1.618033988749894... is an irrational number,
also called the Golden Ratio (or Golden number).
Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) first called it the sectio aurea,
(Latin for the golden section) and related it to human anatomy.
Ratios may be found in the Pyramids of Giza & the Greek Parthenon.
34) Binary number for 99 = 1100011
(Decimal & Binary Equivalence
35) ASCII value for 99 = c
(ASCII Code Chart)
36) Hexadecimal number for 99 = 63
(Hexadecimal # & ASCII Code Chart)
37) Octal number for 99 = 143
(Hexadecimal # & ASCII Code Chart)
38) The Greek-based numeric prefix nonanonaconta- means 99.
39) The Latin word Nonaginta novem means 99.
40) The Roman numeral for 99 is XCIX.
41) Jiu Shí Jiu (9, 10, 9) is the Chinese ideograph for 99.
42) (60, 30, 9) is the Babylonian number for 99
Georges Ifrah, From One to Zero: A Universal History of Numbers,
Penguin Books, New York (1987), pp. 326-327
43) The Hebrew letters Tzadi (90) & Tet (9)
add to 99 meaning "stagnant water"
(Hebrew Alphabet, Hebrew Gematria)
44) 99 in different languages:
Dutch: negentig-negen, French: quatre vingt dix-neuf, German: neunzig-neun, Hungarian: kilencven-kilenc,
Italian: novantina-nove, Spanish: noventa-nueve, Swedish: nittio-nio, Turkish: doksan-dokuz

99 in Science & Technology
45) Atomic Number of Einsteinium (Es) = 99 (99 protons & 99 electrons)
Einsteinium is radioactive rare earth metal named after Albert Einstein.
It is of no commercial importance & only a few of its compounds are known.
Einsteinium was discovered by workers at Argonne, Los Alamos, and
University of California at Berkeley, USA. in 1952. Atomic mass = 252.
46) Chemical compounds whose molecular weight is 99:
Trifluoronitrosomethane, CF3NO= 99.012
2,2,2-Trifluoroethylamine, C2H4F3N = 99.0551
Succinimide, C4H5NO2 = 99.0880
Cyacetacide, C3H5N3O = 99.0913
Methyl Imidosulfurous difluoride, CH3F2NS = 99.103
2-Methyl Thiazole, C4H5NS = 99.154
47) Organic compounds whose melting or boiling point is 99oC:
o-Anisic Acid, C8H8O3 MP = 99oC
Phenoxyacetic acid, C8H8O3, MP = 99oC
4-Chloro-3-nitroaniline, C6H5N2O6C11 MP = 99oC
2-Methyl-3-Buten-2-ol, C5H10O, BP = 99oC
48) The 99th amino acid in the 141-residue alpha-chain of Human Hemoglobin is Valine (V)
The 99th amino acid in the 146-residue beta-chain of Human Hemoglobin is Valine (V)
Single-Letter Amino Acid Code
Alpha-chain sequence of human hemoglobin:
Beta-chain sequence of human hemoglobin:
49) The 99th amino acid in the 153-residue sequence of sperm whale myoglobin
is Isoleusine (I) [A.B. Edmundson, Nature 205, 883-887 (1965)]
X-ray structure of myoglobin shows Isoleucine-99
is next to the start of G-helix 100-119.
[H.C. Watson, Progr. Stereochem. 4, 299 (1969)]
50) The 99th amino acid in the 124-residue enzyme
Bovine Ribonuclease is Threonine (T)
It is next to Lysine-98 and Threonine-100
[C. H. W. Hirs, S. Moore, and W. H. Stein, J. Biol. Chem. 235, 633 (1960)]
Messier M99 is a grand design spiral galaxy in the northern constellation
Coma Berenices 15 megaparsecs (49 megalight-years) in distance from
the Milky Way. It was discovered by Pierre Méchain on March 17, 1781.
Reported to Charles Messier, who included it in the Messier Catalogue
of comet-like objects. Messier 99 was one of the first galaxies in which
a spiral pattern was seen, identified by Lord Rosse in the spring of 1846.
52) NGC 99 is a spiral galaxy in the constellation Pisces.
Discovered on 8 October 1883 by French astronomer
Édouard Stephan. It is 245 million light years away.
53) Asteroid 99 Dike is a quite large and dark main-belt asteroid. Dike was discovered
by Alphonse Borrelly on May 28, 1868. It was his first asteroid discovery. It is named
after Dike, the Greek goddess of moral justice. The asteroid has mass of 3.9 x 1017 kg,
dimension 69.04 km, orbital speed 18.07 km/sec, and a period of 4.35 years.
54) F-99 Osprey Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle commonly known as "Drone Fighter"
or "Osprey" or "Wombat," is a carrier-based air combat craft used by UNSC Air Force.
Length: 37.23 ft, Width: 28.12 ft, Height: 10.89 ft, Crew: Unmanned, Used for Aerial
reconnaissance. Halo is a long-running and popular sci-fi franchise set in a distant,
war-wracked future. During Battle of Mombasa & Battle of Voi in late October 2552,
numerous F-99s were deployed in recon elements. They acted as vital air support for
the Marines in combat. Photo Source: halo.fandom.com
55) Convair XC-99, is a prototype heavy cargo aircraft built by Convair for the U.S. Air Force.
It was the largest piston-engined land-based transport aircraft ever built, and was developed
from the Convair B-36 Peacemaker bomber, sharing the wings & some other structures with it.
The first flight was on 24 November 1947 in San Diego, California, and after testing it was
delivered to the Air Force on 26 May 1949. Design capacity of the XC-99 was 100,000 lb of
cargo or 400 fully equipped soldiers on its double cargo decks. A cargo lift was installed for
easier loading. The engines face rearward in a pusher configuration. Photo Source: wikipedia.org
56) Beechcraft Model 99 is a civilian aircraft produced by Beechcraft. It is also known as the
Beech 99 Airliner and the Commuter 99. The 99 is a twin-engine, unpressurized, 15 to 17
passenger seat turboprop aircraft, derived from the earlier Beechcraft King Air & Queen Air.
It uses the wings of the Queen Air, the engines and nacelles of the King Air, and sub-systems
from both, with a specifically-designed nose structure. Designed in 1960s as a replacement
for the Beechcraft Model 18, it first flew in July 1966. Nearly half the Beech 99s in airline
service are now operated as freighters by Ameriflight. Photo Source: wikipedia.org/
57) Submarine Super 99 is a manga series written and illustrated by Leiji Matsumoto.
It was adapted into an anime that aired on AT-X. In 20XX, Earth's ocean is taken
over by a mysterious "ocean empire". The empire's military commander in chief,
Hell Deathbird, demands that all shipping request his permission for sailing.
Earth's only hope is the submarine called Super 99, a mysterious submarine
designed by Dr. Juzou Oki. Susumu Oki, mechanic of SS-99 with Type 99 rifle
fights Evil Ocean Empire. The anime ran 1970-1972. Photo Source: ustwatch.com/
58) German submarine U-99 was a Type VIIB U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during
WW II. She was laid down on 31 March 1939 at the Friedrich Krupp Germaniawerft in Kiel
as yard number 593. Launched on 12 March 1940 under command of Korvettenkapitan Otto
Kretschmer & assigned to 7th U-boat Flotilla based in Kiel and later in St Nazaire. U-99 was
one of the most successful German U-boats in the war, sinking 38 ships for a total tonnage of
244,658 gross register tons (GRT) of Allied shipping in eight patrols. Photo Source: wikipedia.org
59) Type 99 Tank is a Chinese third generation main battle tank (MBT). Vehicle was replacement
for aging Type 88 introduced in late 1980s. Type 99 MBT was China's first mass-produced
third generation main battle tank. Combining modular composite armour & tandem-charge
defeating ERA, 125 mm smoothbore gun with ATGM-capability, high mobility, digital
systems & optics, the Type 99 represents a shift towards rapid modernisation by People's
Liberation Army. Mass: 58 tonnes, Length: 23 feet, Width: 12 ft, Height: 7.7 ft, Crew: 3,
Maximum Speed: 50 mph. 890 tanks were built (2001 to present). Photo Source: ationalinterest.org
60) German Locomtive 99: The engines of DR Class 99.23 are metre gauge steam locomotives,
that were procured by the Deutsche Reichsbahn (DR) in East Germany from 1954 to 1956.
When they entered service they had operating numbers 99 231-99 247. Today they are
numbered 99 7231-99 7247. Between 1954 and 1956 a total of 17 locomotives were bought
by the DR for the railways of the Harzquerbahn and Brockenbahn and for the line from
Eisfeld to Schönbrunn. Length: 41 ft. o.25 in, Height: 11 ft 11.7 in., Width: 8 ft. 8.1 in.,
Empty weight: 46.7 long tons, Service weight: 59.5 long tons, Top speed: 25 mph.
Vehicles can carry 4.0 tonnes of coal and 8.0 M3 of water. Photo Source: 99-6005.jimdofree.com
61) Fire Engine 99 from Chicago Fire Department, at 3042 S. Kedvale, Chicago, IL.
Photos of Chicago Engine 99 dispatched to fight a rubbish fire on 5-2-2011 in the rear
of 3401 S. Lawndale Avenue. Upon arrival, Engine 99 reported that the fire was inside
the building and asked for a working fire response. Shortly thereafter the alarm was
e levated to a full Box Alarm. Thick black smoke was escaping from the building which
could be seen from several blocks away. 2-2-4 (Deputy District 4) reported fire through
the roof on his arrival and escalated the alarm to a 2-11. Photo Source: chicagoareafire.com
62) 99 StarCom Racing Chevrolet: Kyle Weatherman practiced in Race Car #99 for the
Foxwoods Resort Casino 301. The course has 301 laps (318.458-miles) & is an annual
NASCAR Cup Series stock car race held at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in
Loudon, New Hampshire. From 2007 to 2010 the race was run in late June or early July.
Some of the racers are listed in the 2018 Nascar event. Photo Source: xgames.com

99 in Mythology & History
63) The 99th day of the year (non-leap year) = April 9
[Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his army to Union
General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House in Virginia;
French poet, Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867) was born April 9, 1821;
His Les Fleurs du mal (Flowers of Evil) influenced modern poetry..
64) The 98th day of the year (leap year) = April 8
[Spanish artist, Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) died on April 8, 1973
at age 91 at his home near Mougins, France;
Norwegian figure skater, Sonja Henie (1912-1969) was born April 8, 1912;
a 10x World Champion (1927-1936) & Olympic Gold (1928, 1932, 1936).
65) 99 B.C.— Rome's second Servile War ends after 4 years as the consul
M. Aquillius subdues army of slaves that has put up a stubborn resistance.
— James Trager (Ed.), The People's Chronology (1979), p. 30
66) 99 A.D.— Historian Emperor Trajan returns to Rome from an
inspection of Roman legions along the Rhine & Danube frontiers.
• Emissaries of the Kushan Empire reach the Roman Empire.
Papyrus Oxyrhynchus 581, records sale of a slave girl.
Pope Clement I (35-99 AD) of the Catholic Church dies
67) 99th Infantry Division was a unit of the United States Army in World War II.
It played a strategic role in the Battle of the Bulge when its inexperienced troops
held fast on the northern shoulder of the German advance, refusing them access
to vital northern road network that led into Belgium. 99th Readiness Division,
also styled as 99th Division (Readiness), which 99th Regional Support Command
transitioned to in early 2018 which is the successor unit of 99th Infantry Division,
is a Major General command under the US Army Reserve Command (USARC).
PhotoSource: Insignia (wikipedia.org)
68) 99th United States Congress was a meeting of the legislative branch of the U.S. federal government,
composed of the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. It met in Washington, D.C. from
January 3, 1985, to January 3, 1987, during the fifth and sixth years of Ronald Reagan's presidency.
The apportionment of seats in House of Representatives was based on the 20th Census of the U.S.
in 1980. The Republicans maintained control of the Senate 953-47), while the Democrats maintained
control of the House of Representatives (252-181).
69) At Age 99:
Martin Joseph Routh: Death (September 18, 1755-Dec. 22, 1854). Since there are, at this time, no rules
for compulsory retirement, Routh has contined in office as President of Magdalen College, Oxford.
He has held this position since age 35. His only marriage is at 65, to Eliza Blagrave.
— Jeremy's Baker's Tolstoy's Bicycle (1982), p. 516

Beatrice Wood (1893-1998) at age 99— "Forever Young: Art: In a rare public appearance,
ceramist Beatrice Wood, 99, works her ageless magic on her legion of admirers"
(By Patricia Ward Biederman, Los Angeles Times, 3-12-1992)— Almost 80 years ago,
Henri-Pierre Roché made a prediction about Beatrice Wood. "When you are an old lady,
you will talk just like you do now," Roché told his young lover. "You will never age, and
I will never tire of listening to you. You have something untouchable." Roché, who later
wrote Wood into the heart of his novel, Jules and Jim was right. Wood, who was 99 on
March 3, is old enough to have chatted with Sarah Bernhardt in her backstage dressing
room. At 99, she often works barefoot at her potter's wheel until 11 at night. She settled
in Ojai, CA in 1948 to be near Indian philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti. Autobiography,
I Shock Myself (1985) published at 92. Died at 105 (3-12-1998) (obituary). Photo: Beatrice Wood (coolhunting.com)
Joel Henry Hildebrand (1881-1993) was an American educator &
a pioneer chemist. He was a major figure in physical chemistry
research specializing in liquids and nonelectrolyte solutions.
He joined UC Berkeley as a chemistry instructor in 1913, and
was granted Full Professorship in 1919. He served as Dean of
College of Chemistry (1949-1951). He retired from full-time
teaching in 1952 but remained Professor Emeritus at Berkeley
until his death. Hildebrand Hall on the Berkeley campus is
named for him. He worked with undergraduate students even
at the age of 100. His book Viscosity and Diffusivity: A Predictive
(June 1977) was published when he was 95-years-old.
"Is there a hydrophobic effect?" PNAS, 76, 194 (1979); Obituary.
Harold A. Scheraga (Oct. 18, 1921-Aug. 1, 2020), died 78 days short of his 99th birthday.
He was my doctoral thesis mentor at Cornell (1963-1970). Scheraga was a physical
chemist of proteins & macromolecules, Cornell University Todd Professor Emeritus
in Chemistry, and was active at age 98 (2019), doing both experimental & theoretical
research on protein structure folding & mechanism of action of thrombin on fibrinogen
(an important reaction in the blood clotting process). Scheraga has published over 1300
scientific articles, and was editorial & advisory board member of nine scientific journals.
In 2005, he received a Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Gdansk. At age 94,
published "My 65 years in protein chemistry" [Quarterly Reviews of Biophysics 48,
117-177 (May 2015)]. "A Conversation with Harold A. Scheraga" is an Oral History
Project of Cornell's Department of Chemistry with extended interviews with
senior faculty members. Scheraga shared his life's journey, professional interests
and reflections about his department and its nurturing environment. (Web)

99 in Geography
70) Cities located at 99o longitude:
Mexico City, Mexico: 99o 08' W longitude & 19o 26' N latitude
Acapulco, Mexico: 99o 53' W longitude & 16o 52' N latitude
No cities located at 98o latitude far north or south.
71) 99, 990, 999 are not assigned as a code for international direct dial phone calls
However, the following were assigned: 992: Tajikistan, 993: Turkmenistan,
994: Azerbaijan, 995: Georgia, 996: Kyrgyzstan, 998: Uzbekistan.
72) European Route E99
is a European road running
from Demirçi, Azerbaijan to
Akçakale in Turkey on Syrian border.
Its length is 856 km or 532 miles.
73) US Highway 99 was a main north-south U.S. Numbered Highway on West Coast
of the U.S. until 1964, running from Calexico, California, on US-Mexico border to Blaine,
Washington, on U.S.-Canada border. Assigned in 1926 and existed until it was replaced
for most part by Interstate 5. Known as "Golden State Highway" and "Main Street of
California", US 99 was important during much of the 1930s as a route for Dust Bowl
immigrant farm workers to traverse the state. The highway connected to British
Columbia Highway 99 at the Canada-US border. Length was 1200 miles.
74) California State Route 99 (SR-98) known as Highway 99, is a north-south state highway
in the U.S. state of California, stretching almost the entire length of the Central Valley.
From its southern end at Interstate 5 (I-5) near Wheeler Ridge to its northern end at SR 36
near Red Bluff, SR 99 goes through the densely populated eastern parts of the valley. Cities
served include Bakersfield, Delano, Tulare, Visalia, Kingsburg, Selma, Fresno, Madera, Merced,
Turlock, Modesto, Manteca, Stockton, Sacramento, Yuba City, & Chico. Hwy length: 424.85 miles.
75) Michigan Highway 99 iis a north-south state trunkline highway in Lower Peninsula of the US state
of Michigan. It runs from Ohio state border, connecting to State Route 15 (SR 15), north to Lansing,
where it terminates at a junction with Interstate 496 I-496) and Capitol Loop. Highway mainly serves
local communities along the route as it passes through farm lands in the southern part of the state.
One short segment, in Jonesville, is routed concurrently with US Highway 12. The segment within
Lansing follows Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Existed 1940-present; HwyLength: 86.058 miles
76) King's Highway 99
ran for 6.6 km / 4.1 miles
in South Ontario, Canada
from 1940-1997.
Western Terminus:
Hwy 5 & Hwy 24 - Osborne Corners;
Eastern Terminus:
Brant-Wentworth County Boundary
Decommissioned in 1997;
Current Name: Brant Highway 99
77) New Zealand State Highway 99 (SH 99) runs along southern coastline of the South Island
connecting the settlements of Clifden and Lorneville, near Invercargill, via the major town
of Riverton in the Southland region. The road is important both as a freight route, especially
for logging and agricultural purposes, and as a tourist route; the entire length of the highway
is part of the Southern S cenic Route as it provides access to southern parts of Fiordland
National Park. HwyLength: 92.4 km (57.4 miles)
Photo Source: commons.wikimedia.org
78) 99th Street was a local station on the demolished IRT Third Avenue Line in New York City.
The station was originally built by the Manhattan Railway Company on December 30, 1878,
and later had two levels. The lower level serving local trains was built first, and had two tracks
and two side platforms. The upper level, built as part of the Dual Contracts had one track that
bypassed the station and served express trains. This station closed on May 12, 1955, with the
ending of all service on the Third Avenue El south of 149th Street.
79) Microsoft Building 99 address is 14820 NE 36th St, Redmond 98052, WA.
This building contains much of the Microsoft Research (MSR) org.
Microsoft Building 99 is part of the Redmond Main Campus.
Microsoft Building 99 is also part of Studio-Commons Campus.
Photo Source: Microsoft Bldg 99 (pinterest.com)
80) 99th Street Manhattan is location of El Barrio's Artspace P.S. 109,
215 East 99th Street. Designed by Charles B.J. Snyder in 1898,
PS 109 stopped functioning as a public school in the 1990s.
Some years later, it took a community-driven team to convince
the city to take over building & turn it into affordable housing.
In 2015, the 89 spaces became available to artists & their families
to both live & work. On main floor, there is a gallery for residents
to showcase their art, as well as room for other cultural activities.
81) 99 Café is a restaurant at 99 rue Saint Lazare, 75009 Paris France.
It opens from 7:00 am-9:00 pm. French cuisine meals served:
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks. Price range: $12-$37.
Of 134 reviews, it got 3.5 rating out of 5. Photo: tripadvisor.com
Kyoto at 99 rue Saint Charles is a Japanese restaurant
that got better reviews. 4.0 out of 5 rating.
82) 99 Bishopsgate is a commercial skyscraper in London. It is located on Bishopsgate,
a major thoroughfare in City of London financial district. The building is 104 metres
(341 ft) tall and has 25 office floors, with a total net lettable floor space of circa 30,000
square metres (322,900 sq ft). There are a further 3 plant floors at levels LG, 14 and 27.
The original core and steelwork was completed in 1976. At the time, it had the fastest
lifts in Europe, running at up to 6.5 metres per second. Building was occupied solely
by the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) until the organisation
moved to 8 Canada Square at Canary Wharf (that building subsequently became
known as the HSBC Tower). Building extensively damaged in 1993 by a truck bomb
exploded by the Provisional IRA. Building was fully refurbished in 14 months.
Photo Source: 99 Bishopsgate ()commons.wikimedia.org)

Stanford Class of 1899
Stanford Bronze Plaque 99 is 3 feet to the right of the front door
of Stanford University's Memorial Church, and is dedicated to
the Class of 1899. The first graduating class at Stanford was 1892.
Another Plaque 99 near Building 80 (Dept. of Human Biology)
is dedicated to the Class of 1999. In 1980, Stanford Provost
Don Kennedy strolled around the Inner Quad and calculated
it would take 512 years for the bronze class plaques embedded
in walkways to circle the entire area ending with Class of 2403.

Photo Source: Peter Y. Chou, WisdomPortal.com (photos: Stanford Quad, 8-14-2020)

Stanford Class of 1999

99 in Sports & Games
84) Basketball & Football Players with Uniform #99

George Mikan #99
Minneapolis Lakers
(1947-1955, 1956)

Mark Gastineau #99
New York Jets (1979-1988)
British Columbia Lions (1990)

Jerome Browm #99
Philadelphia Eagles

Dan Hampton #99
Chicago Bears (1979-1990)
NFL Hall of Fame (2002)

Warren Sapp #99
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
George Mikan (1924-2005) nicknamed "Mr. Basketball", was an American professional basketball player for the
Chicago American Gears of the NBL and Minneapolis Lakers of NBL, Basketball Association of America (BAA)
and National Basketball Association (NBA). Invariably playing with thick, round spectacles, the 6 ft 10 in, 245 lb
Mikan is seen as one of the greatest basketball players of all time, as well as one of the pioneers of professional
basketball, redefining it as a game of so-called big men with his prolific rebounding, shot blocking, and his talent
to shoot over smaller defenders with his ambidextrous hook shot, the result of his namesake Mikan Drill. He also
utilized the underhanded free-throw shooting technique long before Rick Barry made it his signature shot. His
Minneapolis Lakers won six championships in a 7-year span. He was 3x NBA scoring champion (1949-1951),
NBA rebounding leader (1953), Greatest Player of the First Half-Century (1950), NBA Hall of Fame in 1959.
Mark Gastineau (born 11-20-1956) is an American former football player who was a defensive end for New York
Jets (1979-1988). A five-time Pro Bowler, he was one of the quickest and most feared pass rushers of his generation.
Gastineau was ranked 8th greatest pass rusher in NFL History on NFL Network's Top 10 Pass Rushers. Gastineau
was among the most talented and honored defensive linemen of his era. He made the Pro Bowl five straight seasons
(1981–85) and finished his ten-year career with 74 sacks. He was a First-team All-Pro in years 1982-84 and was
consensus All-AFC in each of those years. Gastineau had his best individual season with an NFL record 22 sacks
(leading NFL for second year in a row), 69 tackles and one fumble recovery for a touchdown in 1984. e was voted
UPI AFC Defensive Player of the Year, and was also named MVP of that season's Pro Bowl after tallying four sacks
and a safety in that game. Gastineau's sack record stood for 17 years until Michael Strahan broke it in 2001.
Jerome Brown (1965-1992) was an American football defensive tackle for the Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL.
He played his entire five-year NFL career with the Eagles from 1987 to 1991, before his death just before the 1992
season. He was selected to two Pro Bowls in 1990 and 1991. He played college football at the University of Miami.
Brown died on June 25, 1992, at age of 27, following an automobile accident. Along with teammate Reggie White,
Brown helped anchor an Eagles defense that intimidated and dominated offenses of the late 1980s and early 1990s.
By end of the 1991 season, Brown had established himself as one of the league's premier defensive tackles, being
elected as an All-Pro for a second consecutive year. Brown was not only a fan favorite, but a favorite of his first
NFL head coach Buddy Ryan, who once remarked, "if you had 45 Jerome Browns, you would win every game."
Brown's jersey number (#99) was retired by the Eagles on September 6, 1992.
Dan Hampton (born 9-19-1957) is an American former professional football player who was a defensive tackle
for twelve seasons with the Chicago Bears from 1979 to 1990 in the National Football League (NFL). Elected
to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002. He currently hosts the Bears postgame show on WGN Radio in Chicago.
In 1979, he was voted All-Rookie by Pro Football Writers Association. The following year, he was a Second-team
All-Pro selection and was voted to his first Pro Bowl after recording 11½ sacks which lead the Bears. His fierce
style of play earned him the nickname of "Danimal" because he was half "Dan" and half "animal". He was selected
to four Pro Bowls and was a key defensive member of the Bears' Super Bowl XX win against New England Patriots
in 1986. During Hampton's tenure in Chicago (1979–90), the Bears defense ranked #1 in the NFL in allowing the
fewest rushing yards, fewest rushing touchdowns, fewest total yards, fewest points and inflicted the most sacks.
Warren Sapp (born 12-19-1972) is a former American football defensive tackle who played in the NFL for 13
seasons, primarily with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Sapp played college football for the University of Miami,
where he was recognized as a consensus All-American, and was selected by the Buccaneers in the first round
of 1995 NFL Draft as the 12th overall pick. He spent nine seasons with the Buccaneers and was a member of
the Oakland Raiders in his last four seasons. Following Sapp's NFL career, he was an analyst on NFL Network
until 2015. With Tampa Bay, Sapp made 7 Pro Bowl appearances, earned first-team All-Pro honors four times,
and was part of the team that won the franchise's first Super Bowl title in Super Bowl XXXVII. He compiled
96.5 career sacks by the time of his retirement, which are the second-highest career sacks for a defensive tackle
and the 28th-highest overall for a defensive lineman. Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2013.
Reference: Sporting News, Best By Number: Who Wore What With Distinction (2006), pp. 222-223;
Photo Sources: George Mikan (jockbio.com); Mark Gastineau (yahoo.com); Jerome Brown (wikipedia.org);
Dan Hampton (walmart.com), Waren Sapp (bleacherreport.com)
85) Wayne Gretzsky (born 1-26-1961) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player
and former head coach. He played 20 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL)
for four teams from 1979 to 1999. Nicknamed "The Great One", he has been called
the greatest hockey player ever by many sportswriters, players, and the NHL itself.
Gretzky is the leading scorer in NHL history, with more goals and assists than any
other player. He garnered more assists than any other player scored total points,
& is only NHL player to total over 200 points in one season— a feat he accomplished
four times. In addition, Gretzky tallied over 100 points in 16 professional seasons,
14 of them consecutive. At time of his retirement in 1999, he held 61 NHL records:
40 regular season records, 15 playoff records, & 6 All-Star records. Gretzsky chose 99
as a "double tribute" to childhood hero Gordie Howe (#9)— and then broke Howe's
career goal-scoring record 801 with 894. Won 4 Stanley Cups with Edmonton Oilers.
Reference: Sporting News, Best By Number: Who Wore What With Distinction (2006), pp. 220;
Photo Source: Wayne Gretzsky's 1984 O-Pee-Chee Card #208 (psacard.com)
86) Baseball's 99th World Series (2003): Florida Marlins defeats New York Yankees 4-2.
The series was played from October 18-25, 2003, at Pro Player Stadium in Miami &
Yankee Stadium in NY. Josh Beckett of Florida Marlins was named World Series MVP.
Game 1 (10/18): Marlins 3-Yankees 2,
Game 2 (10/19): Yankees 6-Marlins 1,
Game 3 (10/21): Yankees 6-Marlinss 1,
Game 4 (10/22): Marlins 4-Yankees 3,
Game 5 (10/23): Marlins 6-Yankees 4,
Game 6 (10/25): Marlins 2-Yankees 0.
It was the 100th anniversary of the World Series, and advertised as such.
However, it was only 99th event due to strike cancelling 1994 World Series.
Photo Source: 2003 World Series Program (amazon.com)
87) Rickey Henderson had his 99th stolen base (2nd base)
against Ron Davis of the Minnesota Twins on 7-30-1982
when he set the season stolen base record of 130 in 1982.
88) Most Extra-base Hits in a Season, since 1893, ranked 16th with 99
Babe Ruth (1920, 1923), Hank Greenberg (1940), Larry Walker (1997), Albert Belle (1998),
Carlos Delgrado (2000), Albert Pujols (2004), Derrek Lee (2005). [Top 4: Babe Ruth 119 (1921),
Lou Gehrig 117 (1927), Chuck Klein 107 (1930), Barry Bonds 107 (2001)]
Lyle Spatz (Ed.), The SABR Baseball List & Record Book, Scribner, NY (2007), p. 123
89) Fewest Walks per 9 Innings in a Season, since 1893, ranked 32nd with 0.99
Bill Burns (Washington, AL, 1908), Christy Mathewson (NY, NL, 1912),
Walter Johnson (Washington, AL, 1913), Greg Maddux, Atlanta, NL, 1995);
(Top 4: Charles Silva 0.43, Minnesota, AL, 2005; Christy Matthewson, NY, NL, 1913,
Baker Adams, Pittsburg, NL, 1920); Christy Matthewson 0.66, NY, NL, 1914,
Lyle Spatz (Ed.), The SABR Baseball List & Record Book, Scribner, NY (2007), p. 256
90) 99 Yards Kickoff Return in NFL Super Bowl XXXI
by Desmond Howard of Green Bay Packards against the New England Patriots
(January 26, 1997) at Superdome, New Orleans, Louisana. Howard amassed
244 all-purpose yards, and was named MVP. (YouTube: 99-yard kickoff run)
(#1 Jacoby Jones, Baltimore Ravens 108 yards, Super Bowl XLVII, 2013;
#2 Desmond Howard, Green Bay Packers, 99 yards, Super Bowl XXXI, 1997)
Mike Meserole, The Ultimate Book of Sports Lists 1998, DK Publishing, NY (1997), p. 57
91) Longest Home-Court Winning Streaks in NCAA Basketball.
St. Bonaventure ranks 2nd with 99 wins (1948-1961)
[#1 Kentucky 129 wins (1943-1955), #3 UCLA 98 wins (1970-1976)].
Mike Meserole, The Ultimate Book of Sports Lists 1998, DK Publishing, NY (1997), p. 83
92) 99th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Boris Becker beats Kevin Curren
(6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4) on July 7, 1985.
93) 99th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Steffi Graf beats Monica Seles
(6-2, 6-1) on July 4, 1992.
94) 99th U.S. Tennis Open: John McEnroe beats Vitas Gerulaitis
(7-5, 6-3, 6-3) on September 9, 1979.
95) 99th Kentucky Derby was won by Secretariat in 1:59.4
record time, with Jockey Ron Turcotte aboard on May 5, 1973.
96) 99th Preakness Stakes was won by Little Current in 1:54.6
with Jockey Miguel A. Rivera aboard on May 18, 1974.
97) 99th Belmont Stakes was won by Damascus in 2:28.80
with jockey Bill Shoemaker aboard (June 3, 1967).
98) 99th U.S. Golf Open was won by Payne Stewart
at Pinehurst Resort Course No. 2 in Pinehurst, NC.
held June 17-20, 1999. He shot 279 (one under par),
and one stroke ahead of runner-up Phil Mickelson.
99) 99th Boston Marathon was held on April 17. 1995.
Elite men's race was won by Kenya's Cosmas Ndeti
in a time of 2:09:22 hours and the women's race
was won by Germany's Uta Pippig in 2:25:11
A total of 8258 people finished the race,
6409 men and 1849 women.

99 in Collectibles, Coins & Postage Stamps
1999 China Panda Gold Coin,
100 yuan, 1 oz.
Obverse: Panda & Bamboo
Reverse: Temple of Heaven
Mintage: 32,349
101) 1899 Gold Half Sovereign,
Obverse: Veiled Queen Victoria
Reverse: St. George Slaying Dragon
Mintage: 97,221
Designers: Thomas Brock (obverse 1893)
& Benedetto Pistrucci (reverse 1817)
Victoria old head sovereigns
were struck 1893-1901
Pure Gold content: 3.6575 grams
102) 1899 Morgan Silver Dollar,
Obverse: Liberty Head, 1899 Date
Reverse: Eagle Emblem, One Dollar
Mintage: 330,846
Minted at: Philadelphia
Designer & Engraver: George T. Morgan
Diameter: 38.1 mm; Weight: 26.73 grams
Composition: 90% Silver, 10% Cooper
103) 1899 Coronet Head Gold $10 Eagle,
Obverse: Coronet Liberty Head, 1899 Date
Reverse: Eagle Emblem, Ten Dollars
with motto "In God We Trust"
Mintage: 37,047
Minted at: New Orleans
Designer & Engraver: Christian Gobrecht
Diameter: 27 mm; Weight: 16.72 grams
Composition: 90% Gold, 10% Cooper
104) 1899 Transvaal War Medal,
British Commemorative Medallion, silver, Diameter 45mm:
The National Commemorative Medal 1899-1900,
Obverse: Soldier with rifle, 1899-1900;
Reverse: The Queen God Bless Her,
This Medal Commemorates Magnificent
Response of Britain`s Sons to the Empire`s
Call to Arms, Transvaal War 1899-1900,
Daily Mail Kipling Poem, by Spink & Son.
105) There are 100 Marvel Value Stamps
issued 1974-1976 in Marvel Comic Books
Stamp #99 Sandman
appeared as a pin-up page in
Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1
Artist: Steve Ditko
Comic Issues containing this stamp:
Amazing Spider-Man #137, Oct. 1974,
Daredevil #120, April 1975,
Werewolf by Night #17, May 1974, p.11.
106) There are 200 cards in Wings: Friend or Foe (Topps 1952)
Card #99 is Yak-15, Russian Jet Fighter
107) There are 160 cards in World on Wheels (Topps 1953)
Card #99 is Buick 1953 Roadmaster
108) There are 135 cards in Look 'n See (Topps 1952)
Card #99 is Lester Pearcon (U.N. Delegate) (Source)
109) There are 156 cards in Scoop (Topps 1954)
Card #99 Fort Sumter Surrenders (April 13, 1861)
110) U.S. & Canada Postage Stamps with Scott Catalogue #99:
U.S. #99
24¢ Gray lilac
George Washington
Bank Note F. Grill
Issued 1867
Catalog $8500
Sold for $425
at eBay on
Oct. 6, 2019
Perfs enhanced
in Adobe Photoshop
Canada #99
5¢ Dark Blue
Quebec Tercentenary
Champlain's House
in Quebec
Issued July 16, 1908
Selling at
Arpin Phialtely
for $350.00
(Mint XF, NH)
111) U.S. & Canada Postage Stamps with 99¢ denomination:
None were issued;
Canada #1650
45¢ multicolor
Scenic Highways
shows Route 99 of
British Columbia

Issued 6-30-1997
Photo Source:
112) Monaco Postage Stamps with 99 denomination:

Monaco 2155, 0.99 Euro
Golden Retriever
Issued: 4-3-2000 (Source)

Monaco 2175, 0.99 Euro
Golden Ratio
Issued: 9-4-2000 (Source)

Monaco 2193, 0.99 Euro
First Stamps of Sardinia
Issued: 12-2-2000 (Source)

99 in Books & Quotes
113) "Genius is one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration"
Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931),
Harper's Monthly Magazine, September 1932.
Cited in William Hartston, Book of Numbers (1997), p. 143
114) Only got so many retellings in me.
Can't be casting my old gems in just
anybody's trough. At ninety-nine
you got to hold something back.
Allan Gurganus (b. 6-11-1947), Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All (1888)
Cited in 100 Years (Wisdom from Famous Writers on Every Year of Your Life),
Joshua Prager (selections) & Milton Glaser (visualizations),
W.W. Norton & Co., New York, 2016
115) Bollingen Series XCIX is The Psychology of Kundalini Yoga: 1932 Seminar
By C. G. Jung (1875-1961); Edited by Sonu Shamdasani
Princeton University Press, NJ, 1996
116) Volume 99 of Time Magazine (1st issue: March 3, 1923)
runs from January 3, 1972, XCIX, No. 1
(Cover: Richard M. Nixon)
to June 26, 1972, XCIX, No. 26
(Cover: Great New Cameras)
Liza Minnelli (2-28-1972, XCIX:9);
Nixon's China Odyssey (3-6-1972, XCIX:10);
The American Women (3-20-1972, XCIX:12);
The Occult Revival (6-19-1972, XCIX:25);
Photo Source: Liza Minnelli (time.com)
117) Books with 99 in the Title

Katie Cotugno
99 Days (2019)

Greer Macallister
Woman 99 (2020)

Carolyn Keene (1965)
Mystery of the 99 Steps

Matt Madden (2005)
99 Ways to Tell a Story

Wayne Gretzsky (2016)
99: Stories of the Game
Click on book cover for source of photo image.
Dana Gioia, 99 Poems: New & Selected (2017);
Sally Thorne, 99 Percent Mine: A Novel (2019);
Joy Williams, Ninety-Nine Stories of God (2018):
Melissa Harris, 99 Keys to A Creative Life (2015);
Craig Brown, Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret (2019);
Howard Loxton, 99 Lives: Cats in History, Legend and Literature (2002);
Karen Costa, 99 Tips for Creating Simple and Sustainable Educational Videos (2020);
Stan Yogi, Highway 99: A Literary Journey Through California's Great Central Valley (1996).
118) Volume 99 of the Dictionary of Literary Biography
is titled "Canadian Writers Before 1890" (1990).
Early Canadian writing in European languages primarily takes documentary form.
Mission records reporting home to authorities in France & the writings of explorers
who predate Canadian literature were all couched in conventional literary forms—
turning mapmaking into invention, experience into strange adventure, and events
into moral fables. Entries include: Levi Adams, Honore Beaugrand, Georges Boucher
De Boucherville, Harriet Vaughan Cheney, May Agnes Fleming, Thomas Chandler
Haliburton, James MacPherson Le Moine, Thomas DArcy McGee, Emily Murphy,
Samuel Strickland, William Henry Withrow.
119) Volume 99 of the Literary Criticism from 1400 to 1800 (2004)
covers the following writers: Thomas Southerne, Thomas Traherne, Gil Vicente.
Michael L. LaBlanc (Ed.), The Gale Group, Farmington Hills, MI, 2004
120) Volume 99 of the Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism (2002)
covers these writers: Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Hannah Webster Foster, John Henry Newman
Juliet Byington (Ed.), The Gale Group, Farmington Hills, MI, 2002
121) Volume 99 of the Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism (2000)
is titled "Excerpts from Criticism of the Works of Novelists, Poets,
Playwrights, Short Story Writers, and Other Creative Writers
Who Died Between 1900 & 1999".
Jennifer Baise (Ed.), The Gale Group, Farmington Hills, MI, 2001
122) Volume 99 of the Contemporary Literary Criticism (1997)
is titled "Excerpts from Criticism of the Works of Today's Novelists, Poets, Playwrights,
Short Story Writers, Scriptwriters, & Other Creative Writers". Among those profiled in
this volume are: Kate Atkinson, Richard Ford, Mary Morrissy, Wislawa Szymborska.
Deborah A. Stanley (Editor), Gale Research, Detroit, 1997

99 in Art, Music, & Film

Woodblock Print #99 from 100 Views of Edo
"KinryuzanTemple, Asakusa" (1856)
by Ando Hiroshige (1797-1858), Brooklyn Museum
Hiroshige's Woodblock #99 inspired this haiku:
    Winter snow covered trees,
    red paper lantern welcomes
    guests to the temple.
The color scheme of this composition— red on white— is reserved for
propitious occasions, in this case the beginning of winter. The place is
the entrance to the temple of the Buddhist deity Kannon in Asakusa,
the oldest & most venerable Buddhist temple in Edo. Formally known
as Kinryuzan Sensoji, it dates back to 628, when two brothers discovered
a tiny gold image of Kannon in their net while fishing on Sumida River.
The image was enshrined here, and over the centuries the temple became
the object of a widespread popular following that remains strong today.
As with all popular temples in Hiroshige's time, the Asakusa Kannon
Temple was also a major entertainment center.
Literary Reference: Brooklyn Museum (brooklynmuseum.org);
Photo Source: Hiroshige Woodblock Print #99 (wikipedia.org)
124) Krishna Print 99
"Sri Krishna playing flute"
with ox nearby,
bird behind and
trees blooming with flowes,
from the Krishna Darshan Art Gallery
featuring 122 paintings of Lord Krishna.
125) Johann Sebastian Bach's Cantata 99
is "Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan", BWV 99 (What God
does is well done), Written in Leipzig for the 15th Sunday
after Trinity and first performed it on 17 September 1724.
The cantata in six movements is scored for four vocal
soloiststs (soprano, alto, tenor and bass), a four-part choir,
and a Baroque instrumental ensemble of horn, flauto
traverso, oboe d'amore, two violins, viola & basso continuo..
(YouTube: Van Veldhoven & Netherlands Bach Society).
Photo: Cantata 99 (amazon.com)
126) Joseph Haydn's Symphony #99 in Eb major, Hoboken I/99,
is the seventh of the twelve London symphonies (#93-104)
written by Joseph Haydn. The symphony was written in
1793 in Vienna in anticipation for his second trip to London.
The work was premiered on 10 February 1794 at Hanover
Square Rooms in London, with Haydn directing the orchestra
seated at a fortepiano. This concert series featuring Haydn's
compositions was organized by his colleague and friend
Johann Peter Salomon. (YouTube: Orchestra of 18th Century)
Photo: Haydn Symphony 99 (amazon.com)
127) Ludwig van Beethoven's "Der Mann von Wort", Op. 99 of 1816,
is based on a text by Friedrich August Kleinschmid (1749-1838);
as German nationalism post-Napoleon was in its initial fervent
stages, Beethoven, who was prone to the occasional outburst of
patriotic sentiment in song, set this poem about German honour,
masculine pride, & Teutonic worthiness to stirring strains ("a little
military piece", or "Feldstück" he called it). Musical nationalism
tends to the absence of subtleties and ambiguities, so one should
not look for Beethoven's most radical strains here, but the energy
is undeniable. (YouTube); Photo Source: hyperion-records.co.uk
128) Felix Mendelssohn's Opus #99 is Six Songs (1841-1845).
1. Erster Verlust (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe), 1841
2. Die Sterne schau'n in stiller Nacht (Albert von
Schlippenbach) 3. Lieblingsplätzchen
4. Das Schifflein (Ludwig Uhland), 1841
5. Wenn sich zwei Herzen scheiden
(Emanuel Geibel), 1845
6. Es weiss und räth es doch Keiner
(Joseph von Eichendorff), 1843
(YouTube); Photo Source: youtube.com
129) Johannes Brahms's Opus #99 is Cello Sonata No. 2 in F major (1886).
Brahms wrote it more than twenty years after completing his
Sonata No. 1. It was first published in 1887. It was written for,
dedicated to and first performed by Robert Hausmann,
who had popularised the First Sonata, and who would
the following year be given the honour of premiering
the Double Concerto in A minor with Joseph Joachim.
(YouTube: Jacqueline Du Pre & Daniel Barenboim;
Mstislav Rostropovich & Sviatoslav Richter;
Yo-Yo Ma & Emanuel Ax); Photo Source: amazon.com
130) Rolling Stone Magazine's poll of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
has named Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Fortunate Son" (1969)
99th Greatest Song. (YouTube); (#1. Bob Dylan "Like a Rolling Stone",
#2. Rolling Stones "Satisfaction", #3. John Lennon "Imagine") The song
became an anti-war movement anthem, an expressive symbol of the
counterculture's opposition to U.S. military involvement in the Vietnam
War & solidarity with the soldiers fighting it. The song has been featured
extensively in pop culture depictions of the Vietnam War and the anti-war
movement. The song peaked at #3 on 20 December 1969. Song written
by John Fogerty (Lyrics) Photo Source: (wikipedia.org)
131) 99 Red Balloons is a song by German NDW band Nena from their 1983
self-titled album. An English-language version titled "99 Red Balloons",
with lyrics by Kevin McAlea, was also released on album 99 Luftballons
in 1984 after widespread success of the original in Europe and Japan.
The English version is not a direct translation of the German original
and contains lyrics with a somewhat different meaning. The German-
language recording became Nena's only US hit. Lyrics of the original
German version tell a story: 99 balloons are set free & are mistaken for
UFOs, causing a general to send pilots to investigate. Finding nothing
but balloons. (YouTube: 1985, 2016) Photo Source: (wikipedia.org)
132) "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall" is an anonymous folk song dating to
the mid-20th century. It is a traditional reverse counting song in both
U.S. and Canada. It is popular to sing on road trips, as it has a very
repetitive format which is easy to memorize and can take a long time
when families sing. In particular, the song is often sung by children on
long school bus trips, such as class field trips, or on Scout or Girl Guide
outings. The song's lyrics are as follows: "99 bottles of beer on the wall,
99 bottles of beer. Take one down, pass it around, 98 bottles of beer on the wall..."

Last verse: "No more bottles of beer on the wall, no more bottles of beer. Go to
the store and buy some more, 99 bottles of beer on the wall."
(YouTube: 1, 2)
Photo Source: (amazon.com)
133) "The Ninety and Nine" (1922) was a 1922 silent drama directed by David Smith.
It starred Colleen Moore made shortly before she gained fame as a film flapper.
Cast includes Warner Baxter, Lloyd Whitlock, Gertrude Astor, Robert Dudley,
Mary Young. The Ninety and Nine had been adapted from a 1902 stage play by
Ramsay Morris. The play had been based on the hymn The Ninety and Nine,
which had been, in its own turn, inspired by Luke 15:7. The play concerned
redemption of a fallen man (the single sheep, "Far off from the gates of gold")
while the rest of the town stood idly by (the other ninety-nine "that safely lay /
In the shelter of the fold"). Plot: Tom Silverton is a wrongly accused man whose
real name is Phil Bradbury. He departs before the police can apprehend him for
murder, and goes to the out-of-the way town of Marlow. He is exonerated of the
crimes and marries Ruth Blake who took care of him. Photo Source: (wikipedia.org)
134) "99 River Street" (1953) is a film noir directed by Phil Karlson, with John Payne
and Evelyn Keyes. It also features Brad Dexter, Frank Faylen, and Peggie Castle.
The screenplay is by Robert Smith, based on a short story by George Zuckerman,
"Crosstown" in Cosmopolitan (October 1945). Film was produced by Edward Small.
with cinematography by Franz Plane. Plot: Ernie Driscoll is a former boxer who,
after sustaining an injury in the ring severe enough to force him to give up prize-
fighting, is a New York taxi driver. His wife, Pauline, unhappy living a hard-up
life, is having an affair with the much better-heeled Victor Rawlins, who happens
to be a thief. His stolen diamonds falls through; his fence blames Pauline for the
deal. Rawlins kills Pauline and attempts to frame Driscoll for the murder, who
tries to track down Rawlins before the criminal leaves the country. (YouTube);
Rotten Tomatoes rated film 100% Critics, 79% Audience. Photo: (wikipedia.org)
135) "99 Women" (1969) is a women in prison film directed by and
Maria Schell, Mercedes McCambridge, Maria Rohm, Rosalba Neri,
Luciana Paluzzi and Herbert Lom. One of the earliest and most financially
successful examples of the genre, it was produced by Harry Alan Towers
as an international co-production. A contemporary anonymous reviewer
in the Monthly Film Bulletin wrote a 70-minute version. Reviewer found
it to be a "Crude women's prison melodrama" with a "turgid script that
rambles coyly on about lesbianism, flogging and the kinky pleasures of
the Governor of a men's prison", concluding that the film was "all very
tame and unremittingly tedious. IMDB gave film 4.6/10 rating; saying
the female penal colony is off Panama, run by a sadistic superintendent.
(YouTube); Photo: (wikipedia.org)
136) "99 and 44/100 Percent Dead" (1974) is a 1974 American action comedy film
directed by John Frankenheimer and starring Richard Harris. Title is a play
on an advertising slogan for Ivory soap. Cast include Edmond O'Brien,
Bradford Dillman, Chuck Connors, Ann Turkel, and Constance Ford.
Plot: Harry Crown, stylish professional hit man with pair of Browning
Hi-Power 9mm pistols with ivory grips, carried in a shoulder holster,
is brought in by mob boss "Uncle Frank" Kelly when his operation is
challenged by Big Eddie, a grinning, lisping rival. Buffy is abducted, and
Harry has showdown in a warehouse with The Claw being overpowered
and literally disarmed. Harry appears to be too late to save Buffy, but
gunshot rings out & Big Eddie falls to ground, slain by Uncle Frank.
(YouTube); Photo: (wikipedia.org)
137) "99" (2009) is an Indian Hindi-language crime comedy film directed by
Raj Nidimoru & Krishna D.K., starring Kunal Khemu, Boman Irani,
Soha Ali Khan and Cyrus Broacha. The movie is set in the year 1999,
with cricket controversies of that year as backdrop. It was produced
& distributed by "People Pictures", and released on 15 May 2009.
Plot: Sachin (Kunal Khemu) and Zaramud (Cyrus Broacha) are two
small-time crooks in Mumbai, who make a living out of duplicating
mobile phone sim cards and selling them to customers who would
like to own a phone but not pay phone bills. Duplicate sim cards
enable these people to use a particular sim card for a month, after
which user of original sim card is notified through an inflated
phone bill that someone else is also using the same connection.
Lots of gambling on cricket games & crime in this film; (YouTube); Photo: (wikipedia.org)
138) "99" (2019) is a 2019 Indian Kannada-language romantic drama film
directed by Preetham Gubbi and produced by Ramu. The film stars
Ganesh and Bhavana in the lead roles. The film was released on
1 May 2019. It is a remake of the 2018 Tamil film '96. Cast include
Ravishankar Gowda, Jyothi Rai, P. D. Sathish Chandra, Amrutha
. Plot: Ramachandra aka Ram (Ganesh) is a travel
photographer. He visits his high school & is overcome by memories.
So, a reunion is arranged through their school WhatsApp group.
At the reunion, his friends Murali (Ravishankar Gowda), Sudha
(Joythi Rai) and Sathish (P.D. Sathish Chandra) catch up with him.
Murali mentions that Jaanu (Ram's childhood sweetheart)
is coming from Singapore. (YouTube); Photo: (wikipedia.org)

99 in the Bible
139) Six citations of 99 in the King James Version of the Bible
• And when Abram was 99 years old the Lord appeared to Abram, and said
    unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.
    — Genesis 17:1 (1898 BC)
• And Abraham was 99 years old, when he was
    circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.
    — Genesis 17:24 (1898 BC)
• How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them
    be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth
    into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray?
    — Matthew 18:12 (32 AD)
• And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more
    of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray.
    — Matthew 18:13 (32 AD)
• What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one
    of them, doth not leave the 99 in the wilderness,
    and go after that which is lost, until he find it?
    — Luke 15:4 (32 AD)
• I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven
    over one sinner that repenteth, more than over
    99 just persons, which need no repentance.
    — Luke 15:7 (32 AD)
Source: The Complete Concordance to the Bible: New King James Version,
Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, TN, 1983, p. 686.
140) The 99th Psalm: worship God at his holy hill:
1. The Lord reigns; let the people tremble: he sits
    between the cherubims; let the earth be moved.
2. The Lord is great in Zion; and he is high above all the people.
5. Exalt ye the Lord our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy.
8. Thou answered them, O Lord our God: thou was a God that forgave
    them though thou took vengeance of their inventions.
9. Exalt the Lord our God, and worship at his holy hill;
    for the Lord our God is holy..
Psalms 99.1-2, 5, 8-9 (1023 BC),
141) 99th Book of Enoch: "Woes pronounced on the Godless, the Lawbreakers:
evil Plight of Sinners in the last Days: further Woes."
1. Woe to you who work godlessness,
And glory in lying and extol them:
Ye shall perish, and no happy life shall be yours.
3. In those days make ready, ye righteous,
to raise your prayers as a memorial,
And place them as a testimony before the angels,
That they may place the sin of the sinners
for a memorial before the Most High.
10. But in those days blessed are all they who
accept words of wisdom, and understand them,
And observe the paths of the Most High,
and walk in the path of His righteousness,
And become not godless with the godless;
For they shall be saved.
Book of Enoch XCIX.1, 3, 10 (circa 105 B.C.-64 B.C.)
translated by R. H. Charles, S.P.C.K., London, 1917, pp. 141-143
142) 99th Saying of Gospel of Thomas:
The disciples said to him, "Your brothers and your mother are standing outside."
He said to them, "Those here who do what my Father wants are my brothers
and my mother. They are the ones who will enter my Father's kingdom."

Gospel of Thomas 99 (114 sayings of Jesus, circa 150 A.D.)
(trans. Marvin Meyer, 1992; adapted by Elaine Pagels, Beyond Belief, p. 239)
143) In Chapter 99 of The Aquarian Gospel, The Sermon on the Mount, continued.
Jesus unfolds to the twelve the spiritual aspects of 9th Commandment.
10. The man of worth just speaks and men know that he speaks the truth.
20. The treasures of the earth are but illusive things that pass away.
21. Be not deceived; your treasures are the anchor of the soul,
      and where your treasures are your heart will be.
23. God cares for those who trust in him and serve the race.
24. Behold the birds! They praise God in their songs; the earth is made more
      glorious by their ministry of joy; God keeps them in the hollow of his hand,
26. Behold the flowers of earth! they trust in God and grow; they make
      the earth resplendent with their beauty and perfume.
27. Look at the lilies of the field, the messengers of holy love. No son of man,
      not even Solomon in all his excellence, was ever clothed like one of these.
28. And yet they simply trust in God; they feed from out his hand;
      they lay their heads to rest upon his breast.
29. If God so clothes and feeds the flowers and birds that do his will,
      will he not feed and clothe his children when they trust in him?
30. Seek first the kingdom of the soul, the righteousness of God,
      the good of men, and feed, and clothe.

The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ, Chapter 99
Transcribed from the Akashic Records by Levi H. Dowling
DeVorss & Co., Santa Monica, CA, 1908, Reset 1964, pp. 144-145
144) Chapter 99 of Pistis Sophia (circa 150 A.D.):
When Jesus had finished speaking these words unto his disciples, that Mary Magdalene came
forward and said: "My Lord, how many years of the years of the world is a year of the Light?"
Jesus answered and said unto Mary: "A day of the Light is a thousand years in the world,
so that thirty-six-myriads of years and a half-myriad of years of the world are a single year
of the Light. "I shall, therefore, pass a thousand years of the Light being king in the midst
of the last Helper, and being king over all the emanations of the Light and over the whole
number of the perfect souls who have received the mysteries of the Light... "Now, therefore,
when I shall have explained unto you the whole expansion, I will give you and tell you
the great mysteries of three allotments of my kingdom, that is the heads of the mysteries
which I will give you and tell you in all their figures and all their types and in their
ciphers and the seals of the last space, that is the first space from without. And I will
tell you the answers and the apologies and the tokens of that space.
Pistis Sophia, Chapter 99
(Translated by Violet MacDermott, Edited by Carl Schmidt,
Nag Hammadi Studies, IX: Pistis Sophia, E. J. Brill, Leiden, 1978, pp. 243-246

99 in Philosophy & Religion
145) Hymn 99 in Book 7 of the Rig Veda is praise for God Vishnu
2 None who is born or being born, God Vishnu, hath reached the utmost limit of thy grandeur.
    The vast high vault of heaven hast thou supported, and fixed earth's eastern pinnacle securely..
5 Ye have destroyed, thou, Indra, and thou Vishnu Śambara's nine-and-ninety fenced castles.
    Ye Twain smote down a hundred times a thousand resistless heroes of the royal Varcin.
6 This is the lofty hymn of praise, exalting the Lords of Mighty Stride, the strong and lofty.
    I laud you in the solemn synods, Vishnu: pour ye food on us in our camps, O Indra.
7 O Vishnu,, unto thee my lips cry Vasat! Let this mine offering, Sipivista, please thee.
    May these my songs of eulogy exalt thee. Preserve us evermore, ye Gods, with blessings.

Rig Veda, Book 7, 99.2, 5, 6-7 (circa 1500 B.C.)

Book of the Dead cover
Chapter 99 in The Papyrus of Ani, Egyptian Book of the Dead
is titled "Bringing a ferryboat in the God's Domain:
O Ferryman, bring me this which was brought to Horus,
on account of his Eye and which was brought to Seth on
account of his testicles; there leaps up the Eye of Horus
which fell in the eastern side of the sky so that it may
protect itself from Seth.
I am the beloved of my father,
one who greatly loves his father,
and I am he who awakens his sleeping father.
I have come.
I am a magician.
I am complete.
I am equipped.
Egyptian Book of the Dead: Book of Going Forth by Day
    Complete Papyrus of Ani, Chapter 99, (circa 1250 B.C.), pp. 110-112
    (translated by Raymond Faulkner), Chronicle Books, San Francisco, 1994
    Image Source:: Book Cover (wisdomportal.com)
147) Sea nymph Thetis wonders "To mingle with the immortals, distraught as I am."
in Line 99 from Book 24 of Homer's Iliad
Iris, whose feet are like wind, stood near her:
"Rise, Thetis. Zeus in his wisdom commands you."
And the silver-footed goddess answered her:
"Why would the great god want me? I am ashamed
To mingle with the immortals, distraught as I am.
But I will go, and he will not speak in vain."

— Homer, The Iliad, XXIV.95-100 (circa 800 BC)
(translated by Stanley Lombardo)
Hackett Publishing Co., Indianapolis, IN, 1997, p. 470
148) Nausicaa & friends "threw off the veils that covered their heads"
in Line 99 from Book 6 of Homer's Odyssey
The ocean washed pebbles up along the shore.
They bathed and anointed themselves richly with olive oil.
Then they had their dinner along the banks of the river
and waited for the clothes to dry in the gleam of the sun.
After dinner they threw off the veils that covered their heads

— Homer, The Odyssey, VI.95-99 (circa 800 BC)
(translated by Albert Cook)
Norton & Co., New York, 1967, p. 81
149) Fragment 99 of Heraclitus (540 B.C.-480 B.C.):
It is by disease that health is pleasant;
by evil that good is pleasant;
by hunger, satiety; by weariness, rest.

— Philip Wheelwright, Heraclitus,
Athenum, New York (1964), p. 90
Originally published by Princton University Press, 1959
Romania #1442, 10 Bani stamp honoring 2500th anniversary
of birth of Heraclitus of Ephesus (issued October 25, 1961)
Poem "Found" honoring awakening of Heraclitus (4-1-2019).
Image Source: Heraclitus Romanian Stamp (stampsoftheworld.co.uk)
150) Section 99 of Plato's Phaedo— Socrates on discovering cause of a thing
I should be delighted to learn about the workings
of such a cause fom anyone, but since I have been
denied knowledge of it, and have been unable either
to discover it myself or to learn about it from another,
I have worked out my own makeshift approach to the problem
of causation... So I decided that I must have a recourse to
theories, & use them in trying to discover the truth about things.

Plato (428-348 BC), Phaedo 99cd (360 BC)
(trans. Hugh Tredennick), Edited by Edith Hamilton & Huntington Cairns,
Plato: The Collected Dialogues, Bollingen Series LXXI,
Princeton University Press, 1961, pp. 80-81
151) Section 99 of Plato's Meno— Since virtue cannot be taught,
need divine inspiration to guide us in life
Socrates: Ought we not to reckon those men divine who with no
conscious thought are outstandingly successful in what they do
or say? We are right to give this title o the oracular priests
and prophets that I mentioned, and to poets of every deacription.
Statesmen too, when by their speeches they get great things done
yet know nothing of what they say, are to be considered as acting
no less under divine influence, inspired & possessed by divinity.

Plato (428-348 BC), Meno 99bd (360 BC)
(trans. W.K.C. Guthrie), Edited by Edith Hamilton & Huntington Cairns,
Plato: The Collected Dialogues, Bollingen Series LXXI,
Princeton University Press, 1961, pp. 382-383
152) Verse 99 of Buddha's Dhammapada: Canto VII— The Holy One
Charming are the forests which do not attract the multitudes.
But the holy ones, free from attachments, find delight in them
for they are not seekers after the allurements of the senses.

— Buddha, Dhammapada Verse 99 (240 B.C.)
(translated by Sangharakshita, Dhammapada: The Way of Truth, 2001, p. 40)
153) 99th Verse in Chapter 18 of Ashtavakra Gita
(Sage Ashtavakra's dialogue with King Janaka):
The Liberated-in-Life does not feel pleased when
praised; nor does he feel annoyed when blamed.
He neither rejoices in life, nor fears death.

Ashtavakra Gita Chapter 18, Verse 99 (circa 400 B.C.)
translated by Swami Chinmayanda, Ashtavakra Gita,
Chinmaya Publications Trust, Madras, India, 1972, p. 381
(Chinmayanada's Commentary: Having awakened to Absolute Conscoiusness,
he no more dwells in the physical body, so relative experienes are no more his.
The world cannot touch him. He is self-sufficient unto himself. He lives in this
world to give and not take. He accepts nothing, desires nothing. Calm and
serene he faces life. He has become the Substratum for the whole universe.
154) Aphroism 99 of Patanjali's Yoga Sutra:
Thence cessation-of-disturbance from-the-pairs-of-opposites.
Vyasa Commentary:
When posture has been mastered, he is not disturbed
by the pairs of opposites such as heat and cold.
Patanjali, Yoga Sutra II.48: Aphroism 99 (circa 200 B.C.)
translated by Rama Prasada, Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers,
New Delhi, 1995, p. 170.
155) 99th Trigraph of the Ling Ch'i Ching: Not Plowed
The image of the middle being vacuous
Two yang mutually separated.
Ch'ien (Heaven) * Northwest
The earth parched, the stones hard, raising their heads
they rail against Heaven. Hoes and plows not being
put to use, grains are in shortage.

Though I had a liaison, it was just a dream,
Affairs not predestined are rarely successful.
Thus I met with no human response,,
While the moon shone with a hollow brightness
    for a thousand miles.

— Tung-fang Shuo,
Ling Ch'i Ching (circa 222-419)
(trans. Ralph D. Sawyer & Mei-Chün Lee Sawyer, 1995, p. 228)
156) In Chapter 2, Verse 99 of the Lankavatara Sutra,
Mahamati the Bodhisatva-Mahasattva asked Buddha
to teach him the most subtle doctrine on Alaya vijnana:
The Blessed One recited the following verse:
Like waves that rise on the ocean stirred by the wind,
dancing without interruption,

The Lankavatara Sutra (before 443 AD)
(translated from the Sanskrit by D. T. Suzuki, 1932, p. 42)
157) In Chapter 3, Verse 99 of the Lankavatara Sutra,
Buddha tells Mahamati the Bodhisatva-Mahasattva
about various forms of the will-body:
No external existence, no non-existence, not even
the grasping of mind; [things are like] a dream, a hair-net,
Maya, [the city of] Gandharvas, a mirage; the abandonment
of all the philosophical views— this is what characterises no-birth.

The Lankavatara Sutra (before 443 AD)
(translated from the Sanskrit by D. T. Suzuki, 1932, p. 174)
158) In the 99 Names of Allah, the 99th Name is As-Saboor:
The Most Patient, The Patiently-Enduring
159) Chapter 99 of Mohammed's Holy Koran is titled "The Quaking"
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.
1. When the earth is shaken with her (violent) shaking,
2. And the earth brings forth her burdens,
3. And man says: What has befallen her?
4. On that day she shall tell her news,
5. Because your Lord had inspired her.
7. So. he who has done an atom's weight of good shall see it.
8. And he who has done an atom's weight of evil shall see it.
— Mohammed, Holy Koran, Chapter 99 (7th century AD)
(translated by M. H. Shakir, Holy Koran, 1983)
160) Text 99 of On Prayer: 153 Texts
of Evagrios the Solitary (345-399 AD)
If the demons suddenly threaten to appear out of the air,
to make you panic and to take possession of your intellect,
do not be frightened and pay no attention to their threats.
For they are trying to terrify you, to see if you take
notice of them or scorn them utterly.

The Philokalia (4th-15th century AD),
translated by F.E.H. Palmer, Philip Sherrard, & Kallistos Ware,
Faber & Faber, London, 1979, pp. 66-67)
161) Text 99 of On Those who Think that They are Made Righteous by Works: 226 Texts
of Saint Mark the Ascetic (early 5th century AD)
One commandment is higher than another; consequently
one level of faith is more firmly founded than another.

The Philokalia (4th-15th century AD),
translated by F.E.H. Palmer, Philip Sherrard, & Kallistos Ware,
Faber & Faber, London, 1979, p. 133)
162) Text 99 of On Watchfulness and Holiness
of Saint Hesychios the Priest (circa 7th century AD)
Just as it is impossible to fight battles without weapons,
or to swim a great sea with clothes on, or to live without
breathing, so without humility and the constant prayer to
Christ it is impossible to master the art of inward spiritual
warfare or to set about it and pursue it skillfully.

The Philokalia (4th-15th century AD),
translated by F.E.H. Palmer, Philip Sherrard, & Kallistos Ware,
Faber & Faber, London, 1979, p. 179)
163) Text 99 of On Spiritual Knowledge and Discrimination: 100 Texts
of Saint Diadochos of Photiki (400-486 AD)
When the man of God has conquered almost all the passions, God allows him to be
defiled by this sort of demon, so that the ascetic will regard himself as lower than
those living in the world. Of course, this passion troubles men not only after they
mature in the virtues, but also before that; in either case the soul is made to appear
worthless, however great its virtues may be. We should fight the first of these demons
by means of great humility and love, and the second by means of self-control, freedom
from anger, & intense meditation on death, until we come to perceive unceasingly the
energy of the Holy Spirit within us & rise with Lord's help above even these passions.

The Philokalia (4th-15th century AD),
translated by F.E.H. Palmer, Philip Sherrard, & Kallistos Ware,
Faber & Faber, London, 1979, p. 294) Full Text; Google Text
164) Text 99 of For the Encouragement of the Monks in India who had Written to Him: 100 Texts
of Saint John of Karpathos (circa 680 AD)
If at every moment you strive to have 'your feet shod with the
gospel of peace' (Ephesians. 6:15), you will always be building up
your neighbor's house as well as your own. But if you are indolent,
the demons will spit invisibly in your face and, as the Law states, you will
be known as 'the man who had his sandal pulled off (Deuteronomy 25:9-10).

The Philokalia (4th-15th century AD),
translated by F.E.H. Palmer, Philip Sherrard, & Kallistos Ware,
Faber & Faber, London, 1979, p. 321)
165) Text 99 of On the Character of Men: 170 Texts
of Saint Anthony of Egypt (251-356 AD)
God, being full of goodness an ungrudging bounty, not only created man
with free will but also endowed him with the capacity to conform to God
It is the absence of wickedness in man which if he so wishes. conforms him
to God. If, the, man praises the good actions and virtues of a soul which
is holy and enjoys the love of God, and if he condemns ugly and wicked
deeds, how much more so does God, who wishes for man's salvation.

The Philokalia (4th-15th century AD),
translated by F.E.H. Palmer, Philip Sherrard, & Kallistos Ware,
Faber & Faber, London, 1979, p. 344)
166) Verse 99 of Chapter 5 in Santideva's Bodhicaryavatara:
Whatever circumstances one may experience, either caused
by himself or by others, he zealously should practice
whatever rules apply just them.

Santideva's Bodhicaryavatara: Entering the Path of Enlightenment
V.99 (Guarding of Total Awareness: Samprajanyaraksana) (circa 700 AD)
(translated by Marion L. Matics, Macmillan, London, 1970, p. 171)
167) Verse 99 of Chapter 6 in Santideva's Bodhicaryavatara:
For this reason, those who have arisen to destroy my adulation,
and so forth, are only preventing me, for the sake of my
protection, from falling into injury.

Santideva's Bodhicaryavatara: Entering the Path of Enlightenment
VI.99 (Perfection of Patience: Ksanti-paramita) (circa 700 AD)
(translated by Marion L. Matics, Macmillan, London, 1970, p. 181)
168) Verse 99 of Chapter 8 in Santideva's Bodhicaryavatara:
So if anyone is protected from any sorrow, it is regarded
as his own. The sorrow of the foot is not that of the hand,
so why is it protected by the hand?

Santideva's Bodhicaryavatara: Entering the Path of Enlightenment
VIII.99 (Perfection of Contemplation: Dhyana-paramita) (circa 700 AD)
(translated by Marion L. Matics, Macmillan, London, 1970, pp. 202-203)
169) Verse 99 of Chapter 9 in Santideva's Bodhicaryavatara:
Since there is not seen a knower nor any kind of sensation,
O thirst! beholding this situation, why are you not split asunder?

Santideva's Bodhicaryavatara: Entering the Path of Enlightenment
IX.99 (Perfection of Wisdom: Prajna-paramita) (circa 700 AD)
(translated by Marion L. Matics, Macmillan, London, 1970, p. 220)
170) Section 99 of Recorded Sayings of Zen Master Joshu:
Joshu preached to the people. He said:
"Cut off the heads of the Buddhas
of Reward and Deliverance, and you
A monk asked, "The one who cuts off the heads
of the Buddhas of Reward and Deliverance,
what kind of a person is that?"
" Joshu said: "Not your kind."
Note: Deal with things, not concepts.
— Joshu (aka Chao-Chou) (778-897)
Radical Zen: The Sayings of Joshu, translated with commentary
by Yoel Hoffman, Autumn Press, Brookline, MA, 1978, p. 48.
171) Section 99 of Every End Exposed: 100 Koans of Master Kido
is titled "Just a Rule-abiding Monk"
A monk brought a child to see Master Kyosho and said,
"This boy always love to ask about the teaching of Buddha.
Your Reverend, please test him and see."
Kyosho ordered that tea be brought in.
After having tea, he handed the cup to the child.
The child was about to take it when Kyosho withdrew
his hand and said, "Now can you tell me?"
The child said, "Please ask."
The monk asked, "What do you think of this child's ideas?"
Kyosho said, "He will just be a rule-abiding monk
for one life or two."
Master Kido: The monk equally hit.
Master Hakuin: One will know after thirty years.
Plain Saying: Quite a smart one.
Note: There is nothing wrong wth the child.
The one who is at fault is the monk who confuses
"child-mind" with "Zen-mind". Kyosho's last remark,
as well as Kido's comment, is intended as a reproof
of the monk; whereas Haikuin's substitute phrase and
plain saying suggest a commonsense attitude toward the child.
— Master Kido (1189-1269)
Every End Exposed: 100 Koans of Master Kido, translated with commentary
by Yoel Hoffman, Autumn Press, Brookline, MA, 1977, p. 124.
172) Case 99 of Hekiganroku: "Chu Kokushi and the Ten-bodied Herdsman"
Engo's Introduction: When the dragon calls, mists and clouds arise;.
when the tiger roars, gales begin to blow. The supreme teachings of the
ring out with a silvery voice. The actions of Zen masters are like those
of the most expert archers, whose arrows , shot fromopposite directions,
collide in midair. The truth is revealed for all ages and all places.
Tell me, who has ever been like this? See the following.
Main Subject: Emperor Shukuso asked Chu Kokushi, "What is the
ten-bodied herdsman?" Chu Kokushi said, "Go trampling on Vairocana's
head!" The emperor said, "I cannot follow you." Chu Kokushi said,
"Don't take the self for the pue Dharma body."
Setcho's Verse:
"National Teacher" was forced upon him;
He made the name his own.
He helped the son of heaven
Trample on Vairocana's head.

With an iron hammer
He smashed the golden bones;
What else is left
In heaven and earth?

In the three thousand worlds
The lands and seas lie sleeping.
Who will dare enter
The dragon's cave?

Setcho (980-1052), Hekiganroku, 99 (Blue Cliff Records)
(translated by Katsuki Sekida, Two Zen Classics, 1977, pp. 398-399)
173) Section 98 in Chapter II:
"The Essentials of Learning" of Chu Hsi's Chin-ssu lu (1175):
Information, however much, is not to enable us to understand why
all the things in the world are as they are. If we handle the changing
events in the world with much information, we can respond to those
events about which we already know something. But if we are
surprised with something unforeseen, we will be at a loss..

Chu Hsi (1130-1200),
Reflections on Things at Hand (Chin-ssu lu)
translated by Wing-Tsit Chan,
Columbia University Press, NY, 1967, p. 84
Letter 99 (De anima: On the Soul) of Letters of Marsilio Ficino:
Marsilio Ficino to Leonardo of Perugia, the theologian: greetings.
Driven by anguish, our pupil turned to the monks of St. Mark, and said
that he wished to serve God. Since he promised to bestow upon them his
inherited possessions, the greedy men, wishing to ensnare the melancholy
young man, more quickly than was fitting at once clad him in religious habit.
Foolish and corrupt rulers of religious orders do similar wrongs every day.
Wrongdoing of this kind is as evil as religion is good. It concerns me, since
I am a priest, to point out to you faults of religious people, but it concerns
you, since you are a leader of those people, to correct these faults, lest in
future a similar fate befall young men being rashly brought to take their vows.
But if the Brahmins and Pythagoreans used to admit no one at all to their human
teaching unless examined and proved for two years, why is anyone at all admitted
so rashly to the divine teachng? For this very reason religion is held in contempt
by many; because, since people are accepted indiscriminately, there are huge
numbers of men in holy orders, some of whom are corrupt, some ignorant and
some mad. God, however, demands from men that which is of greatest worth.
Marsilio Ficino (1433-1499), Letter to Leonardo of Perugia
Meditations on the Soul: Selected Letters of Marsilio Ficino,
Inner Traditions, Rochester, VT, 1996, p. 208

Marsilio Ficino
Section 99 of Wang Yang Ming's Instructions for Practical Living:
Ts'ai Hsi-yüan asked, "Sagehood can be achieved through learning.
But the abilities and efforts of sages Po-i and I-yin are after all
different from those of Confucius. Why are they all called sages?
The Teacher said, "The reason the sage has become a sage is that
his mind has become completely identified with Principle of Nature
and is no longer mixed with any impurity of selfish human desires.
It is comparable to pure gold, which attains its purity because
its golden quality is perfect and is no longer mixed with copper
or lead. A man must have reached the state of being completely
identified with the Principle of Nature before he becomes a sage,
and gold must be perfect in quality before it becomes pure..."
The Teacher further said, "In making effort, we want to diminish
every day rather than to increase every day. If we reduce our selfish
human desire a little bit, to that extent we have restored the Principle
of Nature. How enjoyable & how free! How simple and how easy!"
Wang Yang Ming (1472-1529),
Instructions for Practical Living or Ch'uan-hsi lu (1518), I.98
(translated by Wing-tsit Chan, Columbia University Press,
Nw York, 1963, pp. 60-62)

Wang Yang Ming
Harvard Fogg Museum
99th Verse of Angelus SilesiusThe Cherubinic Wanderer (1657):
As His Friendship So the Friend

Thou drinkest in the soul of him
With whom thou'rt friended— in the end
Becomest God, if friend of God,
And Devil, if the Devil's friend.
Angelus Silesius (1624-1677),
The Cherubinic Wanderer I.99
translated by Maria M. Böm,
Angelus Silesius' Cherubinischer Wandersmann
Peter Lang, New York, 1997, p. 87)

Angelus Silesius
aka Johannes Scheffler
177) Page 99 of The Book of Angelus Silesius (1976):
of the inner light and enlightenment
Angelus Silesius (1624-1677),
The Book of Angelus Silesius,
(translated from German by Frederick Franck,
Vintage Books, New York, 1976, p. 99, chapter title page)
178) Section 99 of Swedenborg's Worlds in Space (1758):
On the World or Planet of Saturn, and its Spirits and Inhabitants—
They related that sometimes they are visited by spirits from
our world, who ask them what God they worship. Their
reply is that their questioners must be mad, and there can be
no greater madness than to ask what God anyone worships,
seeing that there is one sole God for all in the universe;
and it is even more madness not to say that the Lord is that
sole God, who controls the whole heaven and so the whole world.
For the controller of heaven is also the controller of the world,
since the world is controlled by means of heaven.

Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772), The Worlds in Space, 99
(translated from Latin by John Chadwick, Swedenborg Society, London, 1997, p. 74)
179) Chapter 99 of Wei Wu Wei's Ask the Awakened (1963)
is titled "Time. and Time Again":
Time, in fact, is the crux of the matter, for all phenomena appear
in the seriality of Time, and are directly dependent upon it.
    In order to arrive at any kind of understanding of that
which is not phenomenal, concept of Time must be discarded.
The Truth is essentially neither objective nor temporal.
    Even of an apparent intuition we must talk—
'Is it subject to Time?' Intemporality— absence of Time—
is in fact that Absolute Absence which is that which is.
    Since existence and time are one, for neither can be
apart from the other, the formula 'it neither exists nor does not exist'
means also 'it is neither temporal nor is not temporal'.
    No thing either is in Time or is not in Time—
for Time itself neither is nor is not.
    The temporal is an expression of the intemporal,
and Truth is the absence of the absence of temporality.
Wei Wu Wei (1895-1986), Ask the Awakened (1963), pp. 234-235
    (Archives, "How Open Secret led me to Wei Wu Wei")

        Paul Brunton

Notebooks of Paul Brunton
Volume XVI, Paras #99
from various chapters
Volume 16:
Enlightened Mind,
Divine Mind

Larson Publications
Burdett, NY, 1988,
Part 1:
pp. 16-17, 45, 91,
162, 203;
Part 2:
pp. 14, 50, 70
Part 3: (no Para #99)
Part 4: pp. 14, 37

Visit with PB
at his home,
Corseaux sur Vevey
in September 1979
Para #99 from Volume 16, Part 1
of Paul Brunton's Enlightened Mind, Divine Mind
Notebooks: "World-Mind in Individual Mind—
When consciousness is successfully turned in on its own deepest state, which is
serene, impersonal, and unchanging, it receives the experience of the divine Soul,
not of the Godhead. It brings us nearer to the Godhead but does not transform us
into it. We discover the divine ray within, we do not become the sun itself.
    The Witness itself, while witnessing, is being witnessed. (2.99)
    We must make a difference between the Messenger, who is sent to
communicate a teaching through writing or speech, and the Master, who comes to
embody the teaching & who alone possesses the power to bless others with his Grace.
This difference is not so clearly understood among the yogis as it is among the
lamas and Sufis, a lack which leads to confused ideas and unjustified customs.
    His success in communicating truth will depend, on his audience's side, both on
the degree of understanding it possesses and the feelings it evinces toward him.
    The first work of the sage is to plough up the field
of his pupil's mind, to make it fit to receive the fresh seed.
Para #99 from Volume 16, Part 2 of Paul Brunton's Notebooks: "World-Idea"—
    The World-Idea is embodied in the world itself. (1.99)
    The universe comes into being, maintains its varied operations,
or passes into dissolution by inherent necessity.
    All personal fates are fulfilled within the larger predetermination of the World-Idea.
And only within that larger meaning can men find any real meaning in their own lives.
Para #99 from Volume 16, Part 4 of Paul Brunton's Notebooks: "The Alone"—
    The universal Mind is also unique in that while
comprehending all things, it is itself incomprehensible.
    The topic with which all such metaphysical thinking should end after it has pondered
on mentalism is that out of which the thinking principle itself arises— Mind— and it
should be considered under its aspect as the one reality. When this intellectual understanding
is brought within one's own experience as fact, when it is made as much one's own as a bodily
pain, then it becomes direct insight. Such thinking is the most profitable and resultful in which
he can engage, for it brings the student to the very portal of Mind where it stops activity by itself
and where the differentiation of ideas disappears. As the mental muscles strain after this concept
of the Absolute, the Ineffable and Infinite, they lose their materialist rigidity and become more
sensitive to intimations from the Overself. When thinking is able to reach such a profound depth
that it attains utter impersonality and calm universality, it is able to approach the fundamental
principle of its own being. When hard thinking reaches a culminating point, it then voluntarily
destroys itself. Such an attainment of course can take place deep within the innermost recesses
of the individual's consciousness alone.
181) "Restraints and Observances" is Lesson 99
of Subramuniyaswami's Merging with Siva (1999):
Chapter 15: Facing Life's Test—
• When we are children, we run freely, because we have no great subconscious burdens to carry.
Very little has happened to us. Of course, our parents and religious institutions try to prepare us
for life's tests. But because the conscious mind of a child doesn’t know any better, it generally
does not accept the preparation without experience, and life begins the waking up to the material
world, creating situations about us— magnificent opportunities for failing these tests. If we do not
fail, we know that we have at some prior time learned the lesson inherent in the experience. Experience
gives us a bit of wisdom when we really face ourselves and discover the meaning of failure and success.
Failure is just education. But you shouldn't fail once you know the law. There have been many systems
and principles of ethics and morality established by various world teachers down through the ages. All of
these have had only one common goal—to provide for man living on the planet Earth a guidepost for his
thought & action so that his consciousness, his awareness, may evolve to the realization of life's highest
goals and purposes. The ancient yoga systems provided a few simple yamas and niyamas for religious
observance, defining how all people should live. The yamas, or restraints, provided a basic system of
discipline for the instinctive mind. The niyamas, or positive observances, are the affirming, life-giving actions & disciplines. From
the holy Vedas we have assembled here ten yamas and ten niyamas, a simple statement of the ancient and beautiful laws of life.

Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001)
Merging with Siva: Hinduism's Contemporary Metaphysics
Himalayan Academy, Kapaa, Hawaii, 1999, pp. 207-210

Seung Sahn (1927-2004),
The Whole World Is A Single Flower
365 Kong-ans for Everyday Life
Tuttle, Boston, 1992, p. 67
Koan 99 of Zen Master Seung Sahn—"Throwing Rocks"
One day, Zen Master Man Gong San visited Zen Master
Hahn Am at Oh Dae Mountain's Stillness Palace Temple.
When it was time for Man Gong to leave, they crossed
a bridge together. Man Gong picked up a rock and
threw it in front of Hahn Am, whereupon Hahn Am
picked up a rock and threw it into the water.
"On this trip, much was lost,"
Man Gong said to himself.
  1. If you had been there, what could you have done?
  2. Zen Master Hahn Am threw a rock into te water.
      What does this mean?

  3. Man Gong said, "On this trip, much was lost."
      What does this mean?

Don't make anything. Don't hold anything.
Then, when you see, when you hear—
that is better than Buddha.
183) Page 99 of Swami Chinmayananda's
"Say Cheese!" is titled "Short Cut!":
Cartoon with young man with attache case passing by.
Swami Chinmayananda saying in two ballon bubbles—
"Listen to me now!" & "You will save so much time!"
On bottom of page is Further reading:
Bhagavad Gita, Swami Chinmayananda's
commentary on Chapter 17, Verse 2 & 3<—
The faith of men, born of their nature,
is of three kinds: of light, of fire and of darkness.
The faith of a man follows his nature, Arjuna.
Man is made of faith: as his faith is so he is.
Swami Chinmayananda (1916-1993), "Say Cheese!",
Central Chinmaya Mission Trust, Mumbai, 2004, p. 99
Photo Source: "Say Cheese!" (goodreads.com)

99 in Poetry & Literature
Poem 99 of Su Tung-p'o (1036-1101)
is titled "Held Up by Head Winds
on the Tz'u-hu-chia" (1094):

Stays and mast whine in the sky;
the boatsman sleeps soundly by white-blossomed waves.
Mooring lines must know how I feel—
their weak strands hold fast against measureless wind.

translated by Burton Watson,
Selected Poems of Su Tung-p'o,
Copper Canyon Press, 1994, p. 127)

Su Tung-p'o
185) Verse 99 of Rubáiyát, of Omar Khayyam (1048-1122):
Ah, Love! could you and I with Him conspire
To grasp this sorry Scheme of Things entire,
Would not we shatter it to bits— and then
Re-mould it nearer to the Heart's Desire!
(translated by Edward Fitzgerald, London, 1st Ed. 1859, 2nd Ed. 1868)
186) Verse 99 of Rumi Daylight:
Abundance is seeking the beggars and the poor,
just as beauty seeks a mirror.
Beggars, then, are the mirrors of God's bounty,
and they are with God are united with
Absolute Abundance.

Jelaluddin Rumi (1207-1273), Mathnawi, I.2745, 2750
Rumi Daylight (A Daybook of Spiritual Guidance), Verse 99
(Edited by Camille & Kabir Helminski, 1994, p. 65)


Dante Alighieri
The 99th Canto of Dante's Commedia is Canto 32 of Paradiso
where in the Empyrean, Dante is given the grace
of the beatific vision of God for a moment.
Ma perché 'l tempo fugge che t'assonna,
qui farem punto, come buon sartore
che com' elli ha del panno fa la gonna;
e drizzeremo li occhi al primo amore,
sì che, guardando verso lui, penètri
quant' è possibil per lo suo fulgore.
But time, which brings you sleep, takes flight, and now
we shall stop here— even as a good tailor
who cuts the garment as his cloth allows—
and turn our vision to the Primal Love,
that, gazing at Him, you may penetrate—
as far as that can be— His radiance.
Paradiso XXXII.139-144 ( Allen Mandelbaum translation, 1984, pp. 292-293)
188) Dante in great wonder as he defies gravity
ascending upward in space in the 99th line of Paradiso:
e dissi: "Già contento requievi
di grande ammirazion; ma ora ammiro
com' io trascenda questi corpi levi."
content already; after such great wonder,
I rested. But again I wonder how
my body rises past these lighter bodies."
Paradiso I.97-99 ( Allen Mandelbaum translation, 1984, p. 7)
Verse 99 of The Gift: Poems by Hafiz:
Burglars Hear Watchdogs
If one
Is afraid of losing anything
they have not looked into the Friend's eyes;
They have forgotten God's Promise.
The jewels you get when you meet the Beloved
Go on multiplying themselves;
They take root everywhere.
They keep mating all the time
Like spring-warmed creatures.
Burglars hear watchdogs
Inside of His gifts.
And run.

Hafiz (1320-1389),
The Gift: Poems by Hafiz, Verse 99
translated from Persian by Daniel Ladinsky,
Penguin Compass, Middlesex, UK. 1999, p. 146

190) Line 99 from the Pearl Poet's Pearl: "No man could render worthily."
So al was dubbet on dere asyse
That fryth ther fortwne forth me feres.
The derthe therof for to devyse
Nis no wyy worthé that tonge beres.
The splendour bright of that display,
The wood where fortune smiled on me,
The glory thereof to portray
No man could render worthily.
Pearl (c. 1370-1400) Lines 96-99
(Edited by J.J. Anderson, Everyman, London, 1996, p. 5)
(This Pearl translation: by Bill Stanton, another by Vernon Eller)
Line 99 from the Pearl Poet's Sir Gawain and the Green Knight:
Fortune of a true knight:
of princes, of feats of arms, of other adventures,
or else until some man had asked him for a true knight
to join with him in jousting, to place themselves in jeopardy,
stake life against life, each to allow the other
to have the better as fortune favoured them.
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (c. 1375-1400) Lines 95-99
( Edited by J.J. Anderson, Everyman, London, 1996, p. 171)
(Translation by Paul Deane; Translation by Marie Borroff)

Sir Gawain and
the Green Knight

Heart yearns for the Beloved
in Verse 99 of Songs of Kabir:
OH Narad! I know that my Lover cannot be far:
When my Lover wakes, I wake; when He sleeps, I sleep.
He is destroyed at the root who gives pain to my Beloved.
Where they sing His praise, there I live;
When He moves, I walk before Him: my heart yearns for my Beloved.
The infinite pilgrimage lies at His feet, a million devotees are seated there.
Kabir says: "The Lover Himself reveals the glory of true love."
Kabir (1398-1448), Songs of Kabir, Verse XCIX
(Translated by Rabindranath Tagore,
Macmillan, NY, 1916, p. 145)

India #237 Kabir
(issued 10-1-1952)
Chapter 99 of Wu Ch'eng-en The Journey to the West:
Nine times nine ends the count and Mara's all destroyed;
The work of three times three done, the Tao reverts to its root.

Nine times nine, hard task of immortality!
Firmness of will yields the mysterious key...
One gust of wind
And the whole world teetered;
One clap of thunder
And both mountains and streams shuddered.
One flash of lightning
Shot flames through the clouds;
One sky of fog
Enveloped this great Earth.
The wind's mighty howl;
The thunder's violent roar;
The lightning's scarlet streaks;
The fog blanking moon and stars.

Wu Ch'eng-en

Journey to the West
Volume 4
Wu Ch'eng-en (1500-1582),
The Journey to the West or Hsi-yu chi (1518), Volume 4, Chapter 99
(translated by Anthony C. Yu, University of Chicago Press, 1980, pp. 361, 364)
Flowers steal their beauty from the youth
in 99th Sonnet (1609) of William Shakespeare:
The forward violet thus did I chide:
Sweet thief, whence didst thou steal thy sweet that smells,
If not from my love's breath? The purple pride
Which on thy soft cheek for complexion dwells
In my love's veins thou hast too grossly dy'd.
The lily I condemned for thy hand,
And buds of marjoram had stol'n thy hair;
The roses fearfully on thorns did stand,
One blushing shame, another white despair;
A third, nor red nor white, had stol'n of both,
And to his robbery had annexed thy breath;
But, for his theft, in pride of all his growth
A vengeful canker eat him up to death.
    More flowers I noted, yet I none could see,
    But sweet, or colour it had stol'n from thee.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616),
Sonnets XCIX, Commentary

Hungary CB3: William Shakespeare
1 forint airmail (issued 10-16-1948)
195) 99th Haiku of Basho's Haiku (1678):
a boat to the river of heaven
a shipbuilder
will have to lend us a boat
the river of heaven
Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), Basho: The Complete Haiku, Haiku 99
(translated by Jane Reichhold, Kodansha International, Tokyo, 2008, p. 44)
"And the blue sky, and in the mind of man"
in Line 99 of Wordsworth's "Tintern Abbey":
To look on nature, not as in the hour
Of thoughtless youth; but hearing oftentimes
The still, sad music of humanity,
Nor harsh nor grating, though of ample power
To chasten and subdue. And I have felt
A presence that disturbs me with the joy
Of elevated thoughts; a sense sublime
Of something far more deeply interfused,
Whose dwelling is the light of setting suns,
And the round ocean and the living air,
And the blue sky, and in the mind of man;
A motion and a spirit, that impels
All thinking things, all objects of all thought,
And rolls through all things. Therefore am I still
A lover of the meadows and the woods,
And mountains; and of all that we behold
William Wordsworth (1770-1850),
"Tintern Abbey" (1798), Lines 89-104

William Wordsworth
by Benjamin R. Haydon
"From Heaven through Earth I see them
pressing" in Line 99 of Goethe's Faust:
How each the Whole its substance gives,
Each in the other works and lives!
Like heavenly forces rising & descending,
Their golden urns reciprocally lending,
With wings that winnow blessing
From Heaven through Earth I see them pressing,
Filling the All with harmony unceasing!
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832),
Faust (1806), Part I, Scene 1, Lines 94-100
(translated by Bayard Taylor, 1870,
Modern Library, New York, 1950, pp. 17-18)

Germany B307: Goethe
(issued 8-28-1949)
198) Line 99 of Byron's "The Prisoner of Chillon":
"I saw it silently decline—"
The other was as pure of mind,
But form'd to combat with his kind;
Strong in his frame, and of a mood
Which 'gainst the world in war had stood,
And perish'd in the foremost rank
With joy:— but not in chains to pine:
His spirit wither'd with their clank,
I saw it silently decline—
And so perchance in sooth did mine:
But yet I forced it on to cheer
Those relics of a home so dear.

Castle of Chillion
Montreux, Switzerland
Lord George Gordon Byron (1788-1824)
"The Prisoner of Chillon" (1816), Lines 92-102
199) "They are all here to-night"
in Line 99 of John Keats' "The Eve of St. Agnes":
He startled her; but soon she knew his face,
And grasp'd his fingers in her palsied hand,
Saying, "Mercy, Porphyro! hie thee from this place;
They are all here to-night, the whole blood-thirsty race!"
John Keats (1795-1821),
"The Eve of St. Agnes" (1820), Lines 96-99
The Complete Poems of John Keats, Modern Library, NY, 1994, p. 174
200) "And dull the barbed fire against his frozen cheek."
in Line 99 of Shelley's "Adonais: An Elegy on the Death of John Keats":
Another in her wilful grief would break
Her bow and winged reeds, as if to stem
A greater loss with one which was more weak;
And dull the barbed fire against his frozen cheek.
Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822),
"Adonais: An Elegy on the Death of John Keats" (1821), Lines 96-99
201) Chapter 99 of Melville's Moby-Dick (1851):
Ahab paced his quarter-deck, taking regular turns at either limit...
Now this doubloon was of purest, virgin gold, raked somewhere out of the heart
of gorgeous hills, whence, east and west, over golden sands... the mariners
revered it as the White Whale's talisman... this bright coin came from a country
planted in the middle of the world, and beneath the great equator, and named after it;
and it had been cast midway up the Andes... Before this equatorial coin, Ahab, not
unobserved by others, was now pausing...The firm tower, that is Ahab; the volcano,
that is Ahab; the courageous, the undaunted, and victorious fowl, that, too, is Ahab;
all are Ahab; and this round gold is but the image of the rounder globe, which, like a
magician's glass, to each & every man in turn but mirrors back his own mysterious
self... God girds us round; and over all our gloom, the sun of Righteousness still
shines a beacon and a hope. I'm a crow, especially when I stand a'top of this pine
tree here. Caw! caw! caw! caw! caw! caw!
Herman Melville (1819-1891), Moby-Dick,
Chapter 99: The Doubloon, pp. 427-432
99th Poem of Emily Dickinson:
New feet within my garden go—
New fingers stir the sod—
A Troubadour upon the Elm
Betrays the solitude.

New children play upon the green—
New Weary sleep below—
And still the pensive Spring returns—
And still the punctual snow !

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)
Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson, Poem 99 (circa 1859)
(edited by Thomas H. Johnson, 1955, p. 49)
203) 99th New Poem of Emily Dickinson:
I thought your approbation Fame—
and it's withdrawal Infamy.

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)
(Letter 486 to T. W. Higginson, early January 1877)
New Poems of Emily Dickinson
(edited by William H. Shurr, University of North Carolin Press, 1993, p. 27)
204) "Sprouting alike in broad zones and narrow zones"
in Line 99 of Walt Whitman's Song of Myself (1855):
Or I guess the grass is itself a child, the produced babe of the vegetation.
Or I guess it is a uniform hieroglyphic;
And it means, Sprouting alike in broad zones and narrow zones,
Growing among black folks as among white;
Walt Whitman (1819-1892)
Song of Myself, Lines 97-100
From Leaves of Grass ("Death-Bed" Edition),
Barnes & Noble Books, New York, 1993, p. 29)
205) "Yet soul be sure the first intent"
in Line 99 of Walt Whitman's Passage to India (1871):
What is this earth to our affections?
    (unloving earth, without a throb to answer ours,
Cold earth, the place of graves.)
Yet soul be sure the first intent remains, and shall be carried out,
Perhaps even now the time has arrived.

Walt Whitman (1819-1892)
Passage to India Section 5, Lines 97-100
From Leaves of Grass ("Death-Bed" Edition),
Barnes & Noble Books, New York, 1993, p. 345)
Verse 99 in Tagore's Gitanjali:
I dive down into the depth of the ocean of forms,
    hoping to gain the perfect pearl of the formless.
No more sailing from harbour to harbour with this my weather-beaten boat.
    The days are long passed when my sport was to be tossed on waves.
And now I am eager to die into the deathless.
Into the audience hall by the fathomless abyss where swells up
    the music of toneless strings I shall take this harp of my life.
I shall tune it to the notes of forever, and when it has sobbed out its last utterance,
    lay down my silent harp at the feet of the silent.

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)
Gitanjali: Song Offerings (1912), Verse 99

Rabindranath Tagore
207) Line 99 of Rilke's Duino Elegies V [1923]
"their towers of pleasure, their ladders":
Engel!: Es wäre ein Platz, den wir nicht wissen, dorten,
auf unsäglichem Teppich, zeigten die Liebenden, die's hier
bis zum Können nie bringen, ihre kühnen
hohen Figuren des Herzschwungs,
ihre Türme aus Lust, ihre
längst, wo Boden nie war, nur an einander
lehnenden Leitern, bebend, - und könntens,
Angel!: If there were a place that we didn't know of, and there,
on some unsayable carpet, lovers displayed
what they never could bring to mastery here— the bold
exploits of their high-flying hearts,
their towers of pleasure, their ladders
that have long since been standing where there was no ground, leaning
just on each other, trembling— and could master all this,
Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926),
Duino Elegies, V.95-101
(translated by Stephen Mitchell)
Random House, New York, pp. 178-181)
(Other translations: Edward Snow; Robert Hunter)
99th Page of A.E.'s Song and Its Fountains (1932)
What transformations may take place in our nightly travelling
from our house of clay to the heaven of heavens. The seers
who had gone into the highest being said that the soul in
the profoundest deep of sleep touches on infinity.
    I know nothing myself though I my surmise or imagine much
My farthest travelling inward was but a footstep. I would be
overcome by a magic too mighty for me to hold back and would fall
into he oblivion of slumber. But how many times when I meditated
before sleeping did I not seem to myself to be sinking into light.
How often when waking had I not the feeling that I had been cast
forth and was rejected by heaven. Almost I looked for the waving
of the flaming sword which nothing that is earthly can pass. I tried
passioately from departing lights, fleeting visionary presences and
intuition, to conjecture what wonders the soul may have known,
with what beings it may have been in some high companionship.
A.E. aka George William Russell (1867-1935)
Larson Publications, Burdett, NY, 1991, Ch. 12, p. 99
Photo Source: A.E. (wikipedia.org)

George W. Russell
209) 99th Page lines in James Joyce's Finnegans Wake, (13 samples):
bird! From golddawn glory to glowworm gleam. We were (99.1)
lowquacks did we not tacit turn. Elsewere there here no con- (99.2)
cern of the Guinnesses. But only the ruining of the rain has (99.3)
heard. Estout pourporteral! Cracklings cricked. A human pest (99.4)
conduct with a homnibus. Aerials buzzed to coastal listeners of (99.10)
an oertax bror collector’s budget, fullybigs, sporran, tie, tuft, (99.11)
shivered to think what kaind of beast, wolves, croppis’s or four- (99.14)
penny friars, had devoured him. C. W. cast wide. Hvidfinns lyk, (99.15)
up. Mumpty! Mike room for Rumpty! By order, Nickekellous (99.20)
Plugg; and this go, no pentecostal jest about it, how gregarious (99.21)
his race soever or skilful learned wise cunning knowledgable (99.22)
clear profound his saying fortitudo fraught or prudentiaproven, (99.23)
were he chief, count, general, fieldmarshal, prince, king or Myles (99.24)
James Joyce (1882-1941), Finnegans Wake, (1939), p. 99
210) Sonnet 99 in Edna St. Vincent Millay's Collected Sonnets (1941)
Love is not all: it is not meat nor drink
Nor slumber nor a roof against the rain;
Nor yet a floating spar to men that sink
And rise and sink and rise and sink again;
Love cannot fill the thickened lung with breath,
Nor clean the blood, nor set the fractured bone;
Yet many a man is making friends with death
Even as I speak, for lack of love alone.
It well may be that in a difficult hour,
Pinned down by pain and moaning for release,
Or nagged by want past resolution's power,
I might be driven to sell your love for peace,
Or trade the memory of this night for food.
It may well be. I do not think I would.

Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950), Sonnet 99
Collected Poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay
HarperPerennial, NY, 2011, p. 659

Edna St. Vincent Millay

211) "The color like a thought that grows" in Line 99
of Wallace Stevens's The Man with the Blue Guitar (1937):

And the color, the overcast blue
Of the air, in which the blue guitar

Is a form, described but difficult,
And I am merely a shadow hunched

Above the arrowy, still strings,
The maker of a thing yet to be made;

The color like a thought that grows
Out of a mood, the tragic robe

Of the actor, half his gesture, half
His speech, the dress of his meaning, silk

Sodden with his melancholy words,
The weather of his stage, himself.

Wallace Stevens (1879-1955),
The Man with the Blue Guitar, Lines 93-104 (Section IX)
Collected Poetry and Prose, Library of America, NY, 1997, p. 138
212) Page 99 in William Carlos Williams' Paterson (1958)
is from a 50-page poem titled "The Library":
and lamps are lit, cats prowl and men
read, read— or mumble and stare
at that which theis small lights distinguish
or obscure or their hands search out
in the dark. The poem moves them or
it does not move them. Faitoute, his ears
ringing   .   no sound   .   no great city,
as he seems to read—
                                        a roar of books
from the wadded library oppresses him
his mind begins to drift.
                                        Beautiful thing:
                                                — a dark flame,
a wind, a flood— counter to all staleness.
William Carlos Williams (1883-1963), Paterson (1958)
Edited by Christopher MacGowan
New Directions, NY, 1992, p. 99
(Published in Book III, Section 1, 1949)
213) Sonnet 99 in Pablo Neruda's 100 Love Sonnets (1960)
Other days will come, the silence
of plants and of planets will be understood,
and so many pure things will happen!
Violins will have the fragrance of the moon!

Maybe the bread will be like you:
it will have your voice, your wheat,
and other things— the lost horses
of autumn— will speak your voice.

And even if it's not what you'd prefer, exactly,
love will fill huge barrels
like the ancient honey of the shepherds,

and there in the dust of my heart (where
so many plentiful things will be stored),
you will come and go among the melons.

Pablo Neruda
Love Sonnet XCIX, 100 Love Sonnets: Cien Sonetos de Amor (Spanish)
Editorial Losada, Buenos Aires, 1960 (trans. Stephen Tapscott, 1986, p. 207)
Poem 99 of The Collected Poems of Kenneth Koch:
is "In Bed"—
Are energetic mornings.
When we got out of bed
It was snowing.
Why I am happy to be here.
Shall I compare you to a summer's bed?
You are more beautiful.
Was not
(And did
Not die)
In a bed.
There is paint
On the abstract bed.
The owl flew into bed
By mistake.
Kenneth Koch, (1925-2002)
The Collected Poems of Kenneth Koch
Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 2006, pp. 371-386
(Note: Koch was my Freshman English Professor at Columbia, 1959-60; He wasn't published then,but became a well known poet of the N.Y. School. He taught children to write poetry in NYC; inspired my CPITS teaching)

Kenneth Koch
215) Poem 99 in Tomas Tranströmer's Selected Poems 1954-1986 (1986)
(There are 118 poems in this edition; Poem 99 is "From March '79'"
From March '79'
Tired of all who come with words, words but no language
l went to the snow-covered island.
The wild does not have words.
The unwritten pages spread out on all sides!
I come upon the tracks of roe deer in the snow.
Language but no words.

Tomas Tranströmer: Selected Poems 1954-1986
Edited by Robert Hass (translated by John F. Deane),
Ecco Press, NY, 1986, p. 159

Tomas Tranströmer
Nobel Prize 2011
216) There are 207 poems in Robert Creeley's Selected Poems, 1945-2005 (2008)
Poem #99 is "The Act of Love"—
for Bobbie

Whatever constitutes
the act of love,
save physical

encounter, you are
dear to me,
not value as

with banks—
but a meaning self-
sufficient, dry

at times as sand,
or else the trees,
dripping with

rain. How shall
one, this so-
called person,

say it? He
loves, his mind
is occupied, his

hands move
writing words
which come

into his head.
Now here,
te day surrounds

this man
and woman
sitting a small

distance apart.
Love will not
solve it— but

draws closer,
always, makes
the moisture of their
mouths and bodies
engage. If I

a dirty picture,
would it always

be of a
woman straddled?

and no, these
are true opposites,
a you and me

of non-
for our love.

Now, one
says, the wind
lifts, the sky

is very blue, the
water just
beyond me makes

its lovely sounds.
How dear
you are

to me, how love-
ly all your
body is, how

all these
senses do
commingle, so

that in your very
arms I still
can think of you.

Robert Creeley
Robert Creeley (1926-2005), Selected Poems, 1945-2005
    University of California Press, Berkeley, 2008, pp. 143-145 (web)
217) "first mountain" in Line 99 of Mary Oliver's
poem "Evening Star":

first road to the ocean,
first smell of the ocean
first white heron
first abalone,
first crab, iridescent in the seaweed
first mountain
first fern

Mary Oliver (1935-2019), "Evening Star", lines 94-100
The Leaf and the Cloud, Da Capo Press, 2000, p. 51

218) There are 284 poems in Robert Bly's Stealing Sugar from the Castle (2013)
Poem #99 is "Visiting My Father 4: Something Has Come"

Robert Bly
(born 12-23-1926)
Stealing Sugar from
the Castle: Selected
& New Poems

W.W. Norton & Co.,
New York, p. 157
(2008 Stanford
, Reading)
My mother and I sit
In the hospital room.
What can we say
To each other?
That we are nothing
When the Man
Leaves the room?
That we are bound
By our breathing
To this troubled place?
That I am a son
And you are a mother,
And that something
Has come
Between us,
So that we forget
What has saved us.
219) There are 229 poems in Kay Ryan's
The Best of It (2010), 99th poem

How do we move
under weight?
What opposite force
do we generate
that keeps our clothes
floating around us,
for instance, or goes
any distance toward
explaining our fondness
for jumping?
Some pump,
like a fish tank's, maybe;
some auto-aerationn or something.
Because we’re glad some mornings,
and buoyant, as though we had
no bombs or appointments.

Kay Ryan,
U.S. Poet Laureate

Kay Ryan (born 9-21-1945),
    The Best of It (New & Selected Poems),
    Grove Press, NY, 2010, p. 119
"Against Gravity" appeared first in
Elephant Rocks (1996), p. 46
2010 Stanford Workshops;
Kay Ryan reading poem
There are 170 aphorisms in James Richardson's poem
"Vectors 3.0: Even More Aphorisms and
Ten-Second Essays" in By the Numbers (2010)
99th aphorism
Glasses, for example, have gone from upright to wide-eyed
and back again. Fashion is feeling, opening and closing,
cycling between warm and cool, welcoming and slick.
Or rather, it decides which half of feeling will be paraded,
which half will seem hidden, and somehow truer.
James Richardson (born 1950),
    By the Numbers, Copper Canyon Press,
    Port Townsend, WA, 2010, p. 43; (Web: 1, 2, 3)

James Richardson
There are 173 poems in Jane Hirshfield's
Women in Praise of the Sacred (1994)
(43 Centuries of Spiritual Poetry by Women)
99th poem is by Mirabai (1498-1565),
"Going to the river for water"—
I was going to the river for water,
the gold pitcher balanced with care upon my head,
and Love's knife entered my heart.
Now God has bound me tightly with that fine thread,
he takes me wherever he will.
Mira's Lord is the dark-bodied, beautiful Giridhara.
What he wishes to be, he is.
(translated by Robert Bly)

Jane Hirshfield
Jane Hirshfield (born 2-24-1953),
    Editor of Women in Praise of the Sacred
    (43 Centuries of Spiritual Poetry by Women)
    HarperCollins Publishers, New York, 1994, p. 140 (Web)

99 in Numerology
222) Numerology: words whose letters add up to 99

Crescent Moon Marriage = (39513552) + (4665) + (41999175) = 33 + 21 + 45 = 99

Eighteen Seventy Nine (1879) = (59782555) + (1545527) + (5955) = 46 + 29 + 24 = 99

Evergreen Firefly = (545979555) + (6995637) = 54 + 45 = 99

February Whirlwind = (65293197) + (589935954) = 42 + 57 = 99

Knight Transformation = (259782) + (291516669412965) = 33 + 66 = 99

Mirror Reflection = (499969) + (9563532965) = 46 + 53 = 99

Mulberry Nourishment = (4332597) + (56399184552) = 42 + 57 = 99

Sapphire Cornucopia = (11778995) + (3695336791) = 47 + 52 = 99

Spring Pilgrimage = (179957) + (7937994175) = 38 + 61 = 99

Trinity Vigilance = (2995927) + (41999175) = 53 + 46 = 99

Vesica Piscis Labyrinth = (451931) + (791391) + (312799528) = 23 + 30 + 46 = 99

Vineyard Lightning = (49557194) + (51545959) = 44 + 55 = 99

These web pages on the number 99 are composed
for my Cornell Professor Harold A. Scheraga's
99th birthday on October 18, 2020

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