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Six Degrees: Bill Clinton to Mozart

August 7th, 2009
01:47 PM ET

It's that time of the week again!

Get your thinking caps on, we're handing down our Six Degrees challenge.

All you need to do is connect two newsmakers who have hit the headlines in six moves.

This week we want you to link President Bill Clinton, who this week successfully negotiated a pardon for two American journalists imprisoned in North Korea, to legendary composer and child prodigy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Leave your submissions in the comments section below, and the team will pick the most creative connection, and I'll announce the winner on tonight's show.

Still need some inspiration? Check this out...

Last week's winner was Brian C., who connected former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin to Formula 1 driver Michael Schumacher. Here's how he did it...

Sarah Palin was the running mate of...

John McCain, who was endorsed by...

President George W. Bush. Mister Bush congratulated all of America's Olympic gold medal winners in Beijing...

including LeBron James...

who was in a Nike commercial with Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger...

whose boyfriend is Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton...

who has gone on record to say he's looking forward to racing against Michael Schumacher when he returns to the circuit later this month.

Reckon you can better Brian? Then try your hand at connecting Bill Clinton and Mozart. Remember: you need five other people between those two: no more, no less. If you want your friends to take the challenge as well, then click the "share post" button below.

To see previous challenges, click here. Happy connecting!

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  1. Maureen

    BILL CLINTON was a Rhodes Scholar, as was...KRIS KRISTOFFERSON, who was in the film “A Star is Born” with... BARBRA STREISAND, who starred in two films with... RYAN O’NEAL, who played the character Oliver, in the film “Love Story”, which the author based on his Harvard roommate who was... AL GORE, who won the Nobel Peace Prize, as did... HENRY KISSINGER, one of who’s given names is Wolfgang as is…MOZART

    Maureen V.
    Leeds, UK

    August 7, 2009 at 1:58 pm | Reply
  2. Sally Howarth

    Hi,

    Here goes...

    BILL CLINTON plays saxophone, as did CHARLIE PARKER, who had his life immortalised in the film “Bird”, directed by CLINT EASTWOOD, who has a golf tournament named after him, as does DINAH SHORE, who has 3 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, as does BING CROSBY who made a famous recording of the song “Silent Night”, which was co-written by JOSEF MOHR who was born in Salzburg, as was MOZART

    Sally
    Leeds
    UK

    August 7, 2009 at 2:01 pm | Reply
  3. Brian C.

    This one is a bit of a stretch:

    Mozart was played by Tom Hulche (1) in the movie Amedeaus. Tom Hulche was in Animal House with Kevin Bacon (2 – no stranger to 6 degrees). Kevin Bacon was in the movie JFK (3) who succeeded Eisenhower (4) in the office of the president of the USA. Eisenhower organized a ceasefire with the North in the Korean War, where Kim Jong Il (5) is now supreme leader. Kim Jong Il allowed two reporters to be released this week after a visit by Bill Clinton.

    August 7, 2009 at 2:19 pm | Reply
  4. Dave

    Clinton and Mozart are both mentioned in Malcolm Gladwell's book Outliers

    August 7, 2009 at 3:38 pm | Reply
  5. atkinson

    Clinton had a contretemps with Lewinski, who is currently a student at London School of Economics, founded in 1895, the year of Freidrich Engels death, collaborator with Kark Marx on Das Kapital, who has a famous statue in Chemnitz (formerly Karl-Marx-Stadt) whose Honorary Citizen is Katarina Witt, who ice-danced to the music of Mozart in the 1983 European Championship.

    August 7, 2009 at 3:53 pm | Reply
  6. Sarah W.

    (1) After meeting her in 1764, MOZART dedicated his Opus 3 to QUEEN CHARLOTTE.
    (2) QUEEN CHARLOTTE was the Great-great-great-grandmother of GEORGE V...
    (3)...under whom NANCY ASTOR served as an Member of Parliament.
    (4)NANCY ASTOR was good friends with JOSEPH P. KENNEDY SR....
    (5)...who was the dad of JOHN FITZGERALD KENNEDY...
    (6)...who inspired BILL CLINTON to go into public service after they met in 1963 when Clinton was a Boys Nation senator.

    August 7, 2009 at 4:02 pm | Reply
  7. Chad

    It's nice to see some good posts, for once. Keep going.

    Best,

    Chad

    August 7, 2009 at 4:12 pm | Reply
  8. Sunil Kotai

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a musical composing genius from Austria
    which was the birthplace of Arnold Schwarzenneger,
    Married to Maria Shriver,
    niece of Edward Kennedy
    who supported Barack Obama during the presidential campaign,
    who ran against Hillary Clinton current secretary of State and wife of Bill Clinton.

    August 7, 2009 at 4:30 pm | Reply
  9. Bob

    Both renowned philanderers.

    August 7, 2009 at 4:59 pm | Reply
  10. Anthony

    Oh come one, 6 degrees means people met someone else. not "did something". "Bill did this as did this".. oh come on! Its like me sayingI'm connected to Brutus because I've been betrayed by someone I love, as was Jesus, who met pontius pilot, who was a governor appointed by rome which is where Brutus killed Caesar.. COME ON!!!!

    August 7, 2009 at 5:16 pm | Reply
  11. Julio

    What about this? "what is the link beteween stupidity and silliness?

    August 7, 2009 at 5:18 pm | Reply
  12. David

    Motzart
    Joseph Lange (1) Brother in Law
    Michael Kelly, tenor (2) – reportedly worked with or knew Lange
    Ann Maria Crouch (3) – misstress of Kelly
    George IV (4) – Ann Maria was his misstress also
    Ernst August, Prince of Hanover (5) – Succesor of George IV in the house of Hanover
    Rainer III, Prince of Monaco (6) father in law of Ernst August, and head of state at the same time as Clinton.

    August 7, 2009 at 5:35 pm | Reply
  13. Pieter

    Thomas Jefferson was the one who introduced and popularized much of Mozart's music to America.
    Aside from also being a President, Clinton's middle name is Jefferson. easy.

    August 7, 2009 at 6:00 pm | Reply
  14. Ander del Rio

    in 1963, BILL CLINTON visited the white house as a Boys Nation senator to meet JOHN F. KENNEDY, who that same year gave his famous "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech, where in East Berlin presided Mayor FRIEDRICH "FRITZ" EBERT, JR., son of FRIEDRICH EBERT, the first president of Germany, who succeeded WILLHELM II, the last German Emperor, after his abdication, who was the great-great-grandson of FREDRICK WILLIAM II of PRUSSIA, a happy patron of Beethoven and WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART.

    August 7, 2009 at 6:12 pm | Reply
  15. Damien

    I think Anthony is right, the people must actually meet to have "six degrees", but here it is:
    Clinton's daughter Chelsea danced in Tchaikovsky's ballet Nutcracker, and Tchaikovsky started being involved in music after hearing Mozart's Don Giovani.

    August 7, 2009 at 6:42 pm | Reply
  16. Thomas C

    Sarah W... wow... yours is awesome.

    August 7, 2009 at 6:55 pm | Reply
  17. Hilja

    Hi there connectors!

    In 1996 BILL CLINTON made

    MOTHER TERESA an honorary citizen of the USA. Some years earlier, she had been awarded the Order of Merit by

    QUEEN ELIZABETH II. In 1953 the Queen knighted English actor

    JOHN GIELGUD, who played in and also directed the commedy of manners “The School for Scandal“ by Irish playwright

    RICHARD BRINSLEY SHERIDAN. Sheridan was the brother-in-law of composer

    THOMAS LINLEY THE YOUNGER, also known as the “English Mozart“. In 1770, Linley met

    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART in Italy.

    August 7, 2009 at 7:00 pm | Reply
  18. Henrique Saias

    President Bill Clinton just loves the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

    August 7, 2009 at 7:11 pm | Reply
  19. Katie Benzinger

    God Damn you all, I told you so.

    August 7, 2009 at 7:13 pm | Reply
  20. Joan Nielson

    Both liars!

    August 7, 2009 at 7:59 pm | Reply
  21. Barbara Heller

    Bill Clinton knows James Tierney, Columbia Law Professor, who performed the marriage ceremony for my husband Helmut Heller, whose great great grandfather was the blacksmith at the smithy in Altoetting, Bavaria owned by Swiss Composer Max Keller, who was friends with (and photographed with) Constanze Weber Mozart, the widow of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

    August 7, 2009 at 8:17 pm | Reply
  22. Sebastian Rodriguez

    When Bill Clinton was president, Al Gore served as his vice president. Al Gore bunked with Tommy Lee Jones in school. Tommy Lee Jones was in the movie JFK with Kevin Bacon. Kevin Bacon was in the Movie Animal how with Tom Hulce. Tom Hulce was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in the 1984 movie Amadeus.

    August 7, 2009 at 8:21 pm | Reply
  23. Sebastian Rodriguez

    When Bill Clinton was president, Al Gore served as his vice president. Al Gore bunked with Tommy Lee Jones in school. Tommy Lee Jones was in the movie JFK with Kevin Bacon. Kevin Bacon was in the Movie Animal house with Tom Hulce. Tom Hulce was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in the 1984 movie Amadeus.

    August 7, 2009 at 8:23 pm | Reply
  24. Sarah W.

    David: That's pretty cool, I forgot about Ernst August, he's also technically male-line successor to George III (Queen Charlotte's husband) too. Once you tap into a royal line in Europe, you're pretty much golden, eh?

    Damien: I agree, I first tried to do the link-up between musicians that worked with each other (Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Czerny, Liszt...) but somewhere in Poland it got too long.

    Also, thanks Thomas C!

    August 7, 2009 at 8:58 pm | Reply
  25. Oscar

    I am connecting all six people as left handed by saying:
    Mozart was lucky enough not to live during WW2. Otherwise, he would had to move to England under the protective shadow of Churchill or cross the ocean as Einstein did to have his most prolific days in USA similarly to MacCartney who is admired by my son Emilio, who scored 4 golas last weeked, who wants to be the most smiling american president beating Clinton.

    August 7, 2009 at 9:08 pm | Reply
  26. Paul Steedberger

    Clinton was a womanizer as was Mozart.......that was easy

    August 7, 2009 at 9:25 pm | Reply
  27. Earl

    Bob is right on. Both are renowned philanderers. Although some of the others are quite interesting.

    August 7, 2009 at 9:32 pm | Reply
  28. Patrick Aglaé

    1) BILL CLINTON is the husband of former Senator of New York HILLARY CLINTON

    2)HILLARY CLINTON shares her name with CLINTON MEHTA of Dallas on Facebook

    3) CLINTON MEHTA shares his name with ZARIN METHA executive director of
    New York Philharmonic Orchestra

    4) ZARIN METHA executive director of New York Philharmonic Orchestra which played
    the Historical concert by Lorin Maazel in North Korea’s capital city Pyongyang in 2008 and in the attendance was "THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE SUPREM PEOPLE'S ASSEMBLY"

    5) "THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE SUPREM PEOPLE'S ASSEMBLY"
    has shaken hands with KIM JONG-IL at least one time otherwise he would not be "THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE SUPREM PEOPLE'S ASSEMBLY" of NORTH KOREA

    6) KIM JONG-IL is ordered his nation to mark the 250th birthday of Mozart by staging a rendition of his most famous works in 2006 as KIM JONG-IL according to himself is a musical prodigy, IS A FAN OF MOZART.

    August 7, 2009 at 9:48 pm | Reply
  29. Patrick Aglaé

    1) BILL CLINTON is the husband of former Senator of New York HILLARY CLINTON

    2)HILLARY CLINTON shares her name with CLINTON MEHTA of Dallas on Facebook

    3) CLINTON MEHTA shares his name with ZARIN METHA

    4) ZARIN METHA is the executive director of New York Philharmonic Orchestra which played
    the Historical concert by Lorin Maazel in North Korea’s capital city Pyongyang in 2008 and in the attendance was “THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE SUPREM PEOPLE’S ASSEMBLY”

    5) “THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE SUPREM PEOPLE’S ASSEMBLY”
    has shaken hands with KIM JONG-IL at least one time otherwise he would not be “THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE SUPREM PEOPLE’S ASSEMBLY” of NORTH KOREA

    6) KIM JONG-IL is ordered his nation to mark the 250th birthday of Mozart by staging a rendition of his most famous works in 2006 as KIM JONG-IL according to himself is a musical prodigy, IS A FAN OF MOZART.

    August 7, 2009 at 9:54 pm | Reply
  30. Marina Yap Larioui

    President Bill Clinton to Wolfgang Amdeus Mozart?
    President Bill Clinton is the impresario on Foreign Policy.

    August 7, 2009 at 10:17 pm | Reply
  31. YP Wong

    On Mozart's birthday anniversary on January 27th 1984, Michael Jackson burned his hair during the filming for Pepsi commercial. Michael Jackson has the same birthday as John McCain which is on August 29. John McCain of course lost Presidential Election to now President Barack Obama, who appointed Hillary Clinton as his State Secretary, and Hillary Clinton as we knew is the wife of Bill Clinton.

    August 8, 2009 at 4:28 am | Reply
  32. MILOS VUJASINOVIC

    Here is the cool one, I hope I shall win my prize this time, :))

    Bill Clinton is married to

    Hillary Rodham Clinton, who was born in Chicago, Illinois like

    Maria Shriver who is married to

    California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger…

    who on May 28, 2008 announced the induction into the California Hall of Fame of Jack Nicholson…

    who starred in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest which was directed by Milos Forman

    who also directed movie Amadeus, the incredible story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

    Well, what do you say?

    Stay fair ~~~ <3
    all best from milos

    August 10, 2009 at 2:52 pm | Reply
  33. MILOS VUJASINOVIC

    Bill Clinton is a very close friend of

    Nelson Mandela who collected proceeds from the benefit concerts organized by

    Michael Jackson who was a longtime close friend of

    Marlon Brando who lived next door to

    Jack Nicholson who starred in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest which was directed by

    Milos Forman who also directed movie Amadeus, the incredible story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

    ...My 2nd try..regards, milos

    August 10, 2009 at 3:16 pm | Reply
  34. Alex W

    Bill Clinton is married to Hillary Clinton

    Elton John organised fund raising events for Hillary Clinton during the 2008 campaign

    Elton John took part in the song That’s What Friends Are For by Dionne & Friends which was #1 on the Cashbox chart on February 8 1986

    The same week the song Rock Me Amadeus by Falco made the list with Top Debut

    Falco who was Austrian like Mozart was nicknamed the new Mozart.

    August 11, 2009 at 9:22 pm | Reply
  35. Spencer

    As if it's not bad enough that your show has this segment that is neither news nor entertaining, it's also not even done in 6 steps? I can't take this. Please cancel this segment or leave it for your online audience only.

    August 13, 2009 at 8:59 pm | Reply

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