SouthernGospelBlog.com Six-Year Anniversary Contest: Three(?) Degrees of Separation
Wikipedia defines the concept of Six Degrees of Separation as “the idea that everyone is on average approximately six steps away, by way of introduction, from any other person in the world, so that a chain of ‘a friend of a friend’ statements can be made, on average, to connect any two people in six steps or fewer.”
Yesterday, reader Friday Night Revival suggested turning the concept into a contest: Take two people and see how many connections you need to connect one with the other. The person with the fewest total connections wins! Since our genre is so tightly knit that internal pairings would be quite easy, we’ll pair Southern Gospel celebrities with non-Southern Gospel celebrities.
To make things even more exciting, we’ll have a tie-breaker with the opposite goal. (More on that shortly.)
The winner will receive the following CDs: The Soldier’s Song (Squire Parsons), Forever Changed (Kingdom Heirs), The Song In My Heart (Mark Bishop), From the Smokies (Inspirations).
To have a level playing field, here are a couple of rules:
- Every connection must be a person (i.e., “both have been featured in Singing News,” “both recorded with Daywind,” and “both appeared at NQC 1987” don’t count).
- Bill and Gloria Gaither cannot be used as connections. 🙂 [EDIT: Just to clarify something which may not have been clear enough from the first two: Neither can joint appearances at a Gaither Homecoming video or concert. Joint appearances on an artist recording, i.e. as a guest vocalist, do, however, count.]
- Group members used as connections must have been in the group at the same time.
- Any questions over the validity of a connection will be settled at the sole discretion of the SouthernGospelBlog.com staff.
- All entries must be submitted by 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time next Monday evening. The winner will be announced Tuesday morning.
When submitting your results, offer a few words to explain each connection. Here’s a sample challenge: Michael Booth > Jim Hamill
Here’s a valid answer: 1. Michael Booth > 2. Lari Goss (produced Booth Brothers’ album Declaration) > 3. Glen Payne (sang on Lari Goss-produced album Symphony of Praise) > 4. Lily Weatherford (sang with Glen Payne in Weatherfords) > 5. Jim Hamill (sang with Lily Weatherford in Weatherfords)
But here’s an answer that would put you closer to winning: 1. Michael Booth > 2. Ron Booth (sang with Michael in Booth Brothers) > 3. Jim Hamill (sang with Ron in Rebels Quartet)
Connect these pairs of individuals with the fewest number of valid connections, and submit your results to email@example.com. (Do not post them in the comments!)
- Jeff Chapman > Steve Green
- Connie Hopper > Steven Curtis Chapman
- Pat Barker > Mike Huckabee
- Libbi Perry Stuffle > Arthur Blessitt (evangelist)
- Andrew Goldman > Alan Jackson
- Ernie Haase > Bishop T.D. Jakes
- George Younce > George Szell (legendary conductor of Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra)
- Channing Eleton > Harry Truman
- Vestal Goodman > Nancy Pelosi
In case multiple people tie for the fewest total connections, here’s a tie-breaker: Take legends and fellow Cathedrals members Glen Payne and George Younce, and see how long a chain of connections you can create to connect them!