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Six Degrees: Alfred Nobel to Andrew Lloyd-Webber

October 6th, 2009
12:01 PM ET
What links Alfred Nobel to Andrew Lloyd-Webber? (PHOTO: AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
What links Alfred Nobel to Andrew Lloyd-Webber? (PHOTO: AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

LONDON, England - It’s time for “Six Degrees” — our weekly challenge for Connect the World viewers and Web users.

Here’s how to play: We choose two people in the news this week and ask you to connect them through the six steps.

The week we’ve chosen chemist Alfred Nobel – who established prizes for outstanding achievements in sciences, literature, and peacemaking – and composer Andrew Lloyd-Webber, who is launching the sequel to musical Phantom of the Opera in London’s West End and on Broadway.

You need to come up with five other people between those two for a total of six links.

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

Need some inspiration? Check out last week’s winner, Matt Crean, who connected German Chancellor Angela Merkel to golfer Phil Mickelson.

Here’s how he did it:

- On a visit to Israel Angela Merkel was greeted at the airport by former Israeli PM Ehud Olmert.

- Olmert was also on the welcoming committee for former U.S. President George W. Bush.

- Bush was replaced at the White House by Barack Obama.

- Obama was obviously present when golfer Tiger Woods spoke at the presidential inauguration celebrations in Washington.

- Woods played with Padraig Harrington during the PGA Championship.

- And Harrington in turn has played against Phil Mickelson at the 2008 Ryder Cup.

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. Tom Smith

    Alfred Nobel was particularly fascinated with english literature with the likes of Lord Byron

    Lord Byron's later relationships were with Percy Bysshe Shelley's future wife (Mary Godwin)

    Percy Bysshe Shelley's 'Adonais'poem was read out by Mick Jagger in a memorial in 2004

    Mick Jagger was knighted by The Prince of Wales in 1994

    The Prince of Wales married Diana, Princess Of Wales in 1981

    Diana, princess of Wales had a celebration of her life concert in 2007 where

    Andrew Lloyd Webber appeared to commemorate with some of his music in this 8 hour long concert

    October 6, 2009 at 9:52 pm | Reply
  2. Keira

    Yeay first one!!!!!

    The Nobel Prizes were named after Alfred Nobel

    - Theodore Roosevelt(1) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1906.

    - Teddy was a fifth cousin of another US President, Franklin Delano Roosevelt (2).

    - FDR was played in the 1994 movie "When Lions Roared" by John Lithgow(3).

    - John guest starred with Patti Lupone(4) on the TV show 30 Rock.

    - Patti Lupone co-starred with Mandy Patinkin(5) in Evita

    - Evita was written by Andrew Lloyd Webber

    October 7, 2009 at 10:20 pm | Reply
  3. Elshadai

    While living in Saint Petersburg in the mid 19th century, Alfred Nobel read Alexander Pushkin’s ‘Eugene Onegin’.

    Alexander Puskin was the great grandson of Abram Petrovich Gannibal – an Ethiopian General – who studied arts, sciences and warfare in Paris. While in Paris Gannibal met and befriended such Enlightenment figures as Voltaire.

    Voltaire was born in Paris in 1694 where Jacques Chirac served as mayor from 1977 to 1995.

    In September 2006, Jacques Chirac and Vladimir Putin attended the official unveiling of a monument to the legendary Normandy-Neman Aviation Regiment at Le Bourget.

    In November 2008, Vladimir Putin met with Andrew Lloyd Webber and discussed the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest

    October 8, 2009 at 1:31 pm | Reply

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