Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Six Degrees of Separation

Lindsey- Watts' Six Degrees of Separation

It was Guglielmo Marconi, inventor of the wireless telegraph, who first posited the principle of sixoni was actually talking about telegraph stations, not personal affinity, but the idea caught on with social scientists and even epidemiologists, not to mention playwright John Guare, who made t degrees of separation — that it would take no more than six connections to link any two people in the world.

The concept captures the imagination. Could each of us truly be connected to every other person in the world through a chain of no more than six acquaintances, if only we knew the right people to pick as links?

Six Degrees of Separation is a trivia game based on the premise that everyone on Earth can be connected using six associations or less.

The game is usually applied to movie trivia, where actors are linked to other actors by movies they have in common, and most notably the ubiquitous actor Kevin Bacon is used as a vehicle through which to connect actors.

However, I will use an example closer to home.

We will connect family members linked to the late, great jazz and blues singer, Joe Williams and cousin , Ira L. Everett, Jr.(Chip).

  1. Joe Williams is connected to Warren and Vincent Lindsey because they were both friends of Williams.
  2. Williams recorded on their brother in-law, Paul King's Chicago based record label.
  3. Paul King was married to, Frances (Lindsey) King,sister of Gladys (Lindsey) Everett, Chip's mother.
  4. Chip hired jazz vocalist and violinist, Nicole Yarling to manage his summer program for talented muscians.
  5. Nicole Yarling was the protégé of Joe Williams.
Warren, Viv, Williams, Alice and Vincent

Lindsey- Watts Version

Let's try our own experiment! Our goal with this project is to reach targeted family members from around the world by forwarding the message to family members and friends that are closer to that person than you (we) are.

I will post two family members and a family member and celebrity - the next person will try to link those members in six ways or less. The first person to get it will post two more sets of names.

  1. Claudia King and Kevin Dean
  2. Julius Everett and Clifton Davis

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