Why are there so many recurrences of the number 17 in 30 Rock?
- Tracy Jordan has been married 17 years as of "Up All Night",
- Dennis tells Jack Donaghy that there are 17 million rats for every one person in Manhattan in "Jack Meets Dennis",
- Liz Lemon's brother is frozen at the age of 17 in "Ludachristmas",
- Jack hasn't seen his father for 17 years in "The Fighting Irish", etc.
17 is a very important number in the math community, so maybe there are some writers on 30 Rock with a background with math?
EDIT: I should have noted previously that there is a very tight-knit community that has a powerful fascination with 17, i.e. the alumni of the summer camp HCSSiM (Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics). If anybody can find any evidence that a writer on 30 Rock was an alumni (given the infamous connection between mathematics and comedy writers), that would be great too.