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Martin Goodkin likes to say American presidents can’t be chosen without his blessing.

This year, the retired gay-rights activist and author will celebrate his birthday, something he does only every four years. Goodkin is one of almost 5 million leap year babies in the world, and like any quadrennial event, his birthday isn’t just another day — it’s a production.

“It’s an election year and unless I have a party, they can’t have the election — that’s the way it goes,” Goodkin jokes. “Those are the rules. I do it every four years and I do it with a bang.”

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Forever Young: Leap Year Babies Celebrate Birthdays With A Bang was originally published on

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