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Six Degrees to a Bee

February 2011 | by Ted Stephens III '01, '04


You've heard of "Six Degrees to Kevin Bacon," the theory that no one on earth is more than six links away from actor Kevin Bacon. Well, here's a variation on that premise for you: Every person is just six degrees away from a Bee, and we can prove it. Below you'll find the names of famous (or infamous) people, both past and present.

Your challenge: Connect that person to a current St. Ambrose faculty or staff member in six steps, the minimum connection being at least one personal meeting. (In other words, being one of thousands of Little Monsters at a Lady Gaga concert doesn't count.) For example:

1. Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev
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3.
4.
5.
6. Rev. Charles Adam '80

For which the links connecting them are:

1. Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev came to the U.S. in 1959 for a famous summit with
2. President Dwight Eisenhower, who was succeeded in his Cold War fight by
3. President John F. Kennedy, who in 1963 met at the White House with civil rights leaders, including
4. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. who, while at St. Ambrose to accept the 1965 Pacem in Terris Peace and Freedom Award, met young social justice activist
5. Msgr. Marvin Mottet '52, who taught at Ambrose, including former student
6. Rev. Charles Adam '80, St. Ambrose chaplain and director of campus ministry

Ready to follow the buzzing bee?

Here are a few tips to assist you on your way:

  • Start with the Ambrosians and work outward. We'll even give you a little help on the first few challenges.
  • You should be able to connect the dots by knowing both your general and Ambrose history (and maybe a little pop culture).
  • Connections can be found on the Web, so if you've been looking for a way to earn your black belt in Google-fu, here it is. In fact, many connections originate from a past story, media release, or link found on Ambrose's website at sau.edu
  • There's more than one way to get from A to Bee, especially once you've made the key connection between an Ambrosian and the famous person they met.
Answers can be found on the Scene website at www.sau.edu/scene/6d2bee.
6d2bee #1
1. Entertainer Beyonce Knowles
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4. Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres
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6. Mara Adams '82, '95 MPS, PhD, associateprofessor of theology
6d2bee #2
1. "The Office" star Steve Carrell
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3. "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart 
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6. Katie Van Blair '92, '05 MSW, PhD, associate professor and director of the School of Social Work
6d2bee #3
1. Actress Lori Singer (experienced Bacon-makers should get this one)
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3. Actor William H. Macy
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6. Jon Turnquist '92, MOL '10, director of the Occupational Therapy Assistive Lab
6d2bee #4
1.“Dancing With the Stars” professional hoofer Mark Ballas
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6. Corinne Johnson, professor of theatre 
6d2bee #5
1. White House party crashers Michaele and Tarq Salahi
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6. Michael Puthoff, PhD, associate professor and assistant director of physical therapy
6d2bee #6
1. Legendary Major League Baseball catcher Yogi Berra
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6. Ray Shovlain ’79, ’82 MBA, athletics director and men’s basketball coach 
6d2bee #7
1. “Dawson’s Creek” actor James Van Der Beek
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6. Donald “Duke” Schneider ’76, TV-11 operations manager
6d2bee #8
1. Malcolm X
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3. Pope John Paul II 
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6. Joan Lescinski, CSJ, PhD, president of

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