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Six degrees of separation

By Byron McNutt

YOU'VE PROBABLY heard the expression “Six degrees of separation” but do you know how it came about, or who came up with the theory? Well, shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Tom Still gave an answer to those questions in a newspaper column. At the time, he was associate editor of the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison. Today, Still is president of the Wisconsin Technology Council.

He wrote: “Some 30 years ago (about 1970), American psychologist Stanley Milgram set out to prove our world is much smaller than we imagine.

“He recruited people in different states and sent each of them a package, together with

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 4:50 PM

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