Erstwhile Brushes with Greatness (in a Manner of Speaking)

You’ve probably heard about Six Degrees of Separation or Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, the trivia game based on the concept of the small world phenomenon.  It hinges on the assumption that any individual involved in the film industry can be linked through his or her movie roles to actor Kevin Bacon within six steps.  And you can apply this to other well-known personages as well.  So, I decided to try to apply this to people I know who know other people who might know someone famous and see if I could accomplish the feat in less than six steps.  I was trying to determine the measure of my proximity to fame one day while sitting in traffic and I let my mind wander.  Yes, you guessed it — I amuse myself in strange ways.

I have a tie to President Jimmy Carter.  I know Reverend Tom Owen-Towle; he wrote the Foreword to my first book, Did Jesus Have a Cat?  Through him I’ve met his wife, Reverend Carolyn Owen-Towle.  She has met Jimmy Carter and spent time with him in Plains, GA.  I also know Phil Borden.  He also met and spent time with both Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn.  So, that means, then, that I have ties to all the diplomats and heads of state that Jimmy Carter ever met – Anwar Sadat, Menachem Begin, and others.  I had a cousin by marriage (Jesse was married to my first cousin, Thelma) who was in the Navy (a lifer) and he worked at the Pentagon for a period of time on the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  During his assignment there, he worked on the Panama Canal treaty and had many meetings at the White House with Jimmy Carter related to that undertaking.  Wow!  I am more connected to Jimmy Carter than I ever realized.  And that means all my friends are connected too, in less than six steps.  Hey, this game really works. Continue reading