* BigNameFan: Creator/DanielRadcliffe is a huge fan of his works and can recite the entirety of "The Elements" from memory.
** One of the reasons he retired was that he grew to despise touring to perform his songs.
** ItSeemedLikeAGoodIdeaAtTheTime to him, back in his youth, to write "The Old Dope Peddler"; in later years he would call it "chilling".
** He has also developed a different perspective now on "When You Are Old and Gray".
** The reason he stopped doing political satire was apparently because the politicians became too corrupt. He abandoned his singing career before UsefulNotes/RichardNixon was even President, and things haven't gotten better...
-->'''Lehrer:''' I don't want to satirize [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush George [W.] Bush]] and his puppeteers. I want to ''vaporize'' them.
** That's part of the reason, but not the entire reason. There's also the fact that the political issues of later eras became much more complex, and it's hard to get good laughs out of a song that presents both sides of the issue. [[http://www.casualhacker.net/tom.lehrer/jmazner/lehrhtml.html Here]]'s a piece that has a lot more elaboration from Lehrer. That said, the devolution of politics certainly has not made Lehrer any more enthusiastic about the idea of writing music.
*** When an Australian magazine published an interview they conducted with Lehrer in 2003, the same interview in which he stated his desire to vaporize George W. Bush and his puppeteers, he later remarked,
---->'''Lehrer:''' Political satire became obsolete when Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
** According to the preface of one of his songbooks, "Well-wishers...are constantly suggesting hilarious subject matter, such as the Vietnam War, the gradual destruction of the environment, our recent presidents, etc. so that I have often felt like a resident of Pompeii who has been asked for some humorous comments on lava."
** Some do, however, hold out hope, that if PBS makes another educational children's show a-la Series/TheElectricCompany1971 or [[Series/SquareOneTV Square One Television]], Lehrer might agree to contribute a few [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal televisual tutorial tunes for tots]].
** As mentioned above, he also strongly disliked touring.
* ReclusiveArtist: Firmly retired to a life in academia, but has been willing enough to do the occasional interview over the years.
* ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated: He's been falsely proclaimed dead by so many news articles that he keeps a scrapbook of newspaper and magazine clippings naming him "the late Tom Lehrer."
* SoMyKidsCanWatch: Not literally, since he never had children, but his songs for ''[[Series/TheElectricCompany1971 The Electric Company]]'' were in this vein. In later years he was amused by the fact that his college students weren't aware of his satirical songs but were really impressed when they found out he was the guy who sang "Silent E".
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Since they were based on current events, the songs on ''That Was The Year That Was'' are this to varying degrees. His song intros provide most of the background, but the lyrics still slip in references here-and-there that might not be so obvious to modern listeners, like the mention of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Clark_(sheriff) Sheriff Jim Clark]] (the orchestrator of the Bloody Sunday attacks in Selma, Alabama) in "National Brotherhood Week".
!![[Music/TomLehrer Mr. Lehrer]] provides the page quotes for:
* His own page, oddly enough
(Note: This list may not be complete. As you can see, he's ''quite'' popular on this wiki).