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Oooh, I too have a Bacon number of 3:

I was on Jeopardy! with Alex Trebek, who was in Random Hearts with Blair Brown, who was in Loverboy with Kevin Bacon!

Also, if we get to count radio (and why not, if we can count TV?), I, as well as Eugene, also have a Bacon number of 3 through Warren Olney — we were both, at various times, on his radio show Which Way, L.A.?, and Warren Olney was in Enemy of the State with Paul Majors, who was in The Woodsman with Kevin Bacon.

Eugene's number is also 3 through Dennis Prager, who was in Heavy with Pruitt Taylor Vince, who was in Trapped with Kevin Bacon. I was on Dennis Prager's show, but only as a call-in listener. Query whether call-in listeners count, in the same way that an extra, even an accidental extra, would count in a movie.

Moral: There are a lot of people in Hollywood — 145,024 — with Bacon numbers of 2.

UPDATE: My wife Hanah also has a Bacon number of 3, as she was in a stage production of Peer Gynt in Pasadena with Michael York, who was in Austin Powers 2 with Tim Robbins, who was in Mystic River with Kevin Bacon.

UPDATE 2: My sister-in-law Dahlia, by the way, has a Bacon number of 2, if you allow for working on the crew. Dahlia was an office production assistant on Chasing Ghosts, and Michael Rooker from that movie was in JFK with Kevin Bacon.

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  3. My Bacon Number Is 3
Jay Goodman Tamboli (mail) (www):
When were you on Jeopardy!?
6.13.2007 2:08pm
liberty (mail) (www):
Me too.

I was on Studio 54 (?) with Marianne Faithfull*
Marianne Faithfull was in Paris, je t'aime (2006) with Bob Hoskins
Bob Hoskins was in Balto (1995) with Kevin Bacon

* A music show where she performed; she called me up to the front and introduced me cause I'm her niece.
6.13.2007 2:12pm
Sasha Volokh (mail) (www):
Jay: Click the link -- it was November 8, 1996.
6.13.2007 2:14pm
Steve Lubet (mail):
What's your Erdos number?
6.13.2007 3:02pm
Roger:
And did you win?
6.13.2007 3:03pm
Hoosier:
Dos this give the rest of us VCers a Bacon of 4?
6.13.2007 3:14pm
Sasha Volokh (mail) (www):
I did not win -- I came in second, which is a kind way of saying "lost."

My Erdos number is at most 8.
6.13.2007 3:17pm
bornyesterday (mail) (www):
Hrrm

My ex-girlfriend is good friends with Tyson Mao (who was the Rubix Cube geek on Beauty &the Geek)
Tyson Mao taught Will Smith how to solve the Rubix Cube for the scene in Pursuit of Happyness
Will Smith was in Independence Day with Gary Hecker
Gary Hecker was in Hollow Man with Kevin Bacon
6.13.2007 3:36pm
tautala:
Thanks, now I have "I Lost On Jeopardy" cycling through my head.
6.13.2007 3:42pm
Sasha Volokh (mail) (www):
Correction, my Erdos number is at most 6.
6.13.2007 4:03pm
Jay Goodman Tamboli (mail) (www):
I've taken a class from Sasha, so that makes me 4.

I've also met Stephen Colbert, who I assume has interviewed Kevin Bacon, giving me a number of 3. If stage productions count, why not handshakes?
6.13.2007 4:39pm
Jay Goodman Tamboli (mail) (www):
That'd be 2, wouldn't it? Me-Colbert-Bacon.
6.13.2007 4:39pm
U.Va. 2L:
You can see me front-row-center in the broadcasts of several football games back from when I was in undergrad, which put me on with our well-known quarterback, who has in turn appeared on "The Best Damn Sports Show" with Tom Arnold, who was in "We Married Margo" with Kevin Bacon.

And my Erdos number (I was a physics major) is six, giving me an Erdos-Bacon number that's not only defined but also is in the single digits. Same as Carl Sagan's, in fact.
6.13.2007 5:09pm
PatHMV (mail) (www):
I win, I have a Kevin Bacon number of 2! I was an extra in All the King's Men with both Sean Penn and Mark Ruffalo. Penn was with Bacon in Mystic River, and Ruffalo in "In the Cut."

Jay... depends on how strictly you're playing the game. Some variants only allow movies. According to the Wikipedia page, once you escape movies (meticulously recorded in IMDB), you must use "transcendental" Bacon numbers. The Oracle of Bacon gives Colbert a Bacon number of 2, relying solely on IMDB movies.
6.13.2007 5:11pm
Malvolio:
No, stage productions and personal meetings don't count. In fact, the only reason TV counts at all is that otherwise, my own Bacon number goes to infinity:

I was on Win Ben Stein's Money with Jimmy Kimmel.
Jimmy Kimmel was in Road Trip with Rachel Blanchard
Rachel Blanchard was in Where the Truth Lies with Kevin Bacon.
6.13.2007 5:12pm
Sasha Volokh (mail) (www):
U. Va. 2L: So you and I have the same Erdos number and the same Bacon number, giving us the same Erdos-Bacon number!
6.13.2007 5:14pm
U.Va. 2L:
We travel in exclusive circles, Sasha!
6.13.2007 5:20pm
ys:

Sasha Volokh :
Correction, my Erdos number is at most 6.

6 is my Antonio Salieri number (seriously). Incidentally, contrary to some commenters, just meeting somebody is not enough for either Bacon or Erdos number: you have to be co-creators/co-participants (my Erdos number is 3 while my Bacon number is infinity, as far as I know). For a combined Bacon-Erdos number one could start with a sum, product, or continue with any creative science/art fancy scheme. I would suggest a requirement of monotony and some kind of infinity if either number is infinite.
Back to my Salieri number, while the six degrees of separation only requires peope to know each other, my number implies musical partnership or apprenticeship in every link of the chain.
6.13.2007 5:24pm
David M. Nieporent (www):
Well, if Jeopardy! counts, then I also have a Bacon number of 3.
6.13.2007 5:27pm
ys:

David M. Nieporent:
Well, if Jeopardy! counts, then I also have a Bacon number of 3.

Now I feel really bad. Appearing on Jeopardy seems to be a qualification for this blog, and my Jeopardy number is infinity. How do I try out?
6.13.2007 5:42pm
U.Va. 2L:
ys--

How does your Salieri number work out? That's pretty cool.

Also, go here for Jeopardy! tryout info.
6.13.2007 6:28pm
James B. (mail):
I have a 3 as well.

I was on ESPN Hollywood with Mario Lopez (AC Slater from Saved by the Bell)

Mario Lopez was in Pauly Shore Is Dead (2003) with Sherri Shepherd

Sherri Shepherd was in Beauty Shop (2005) with Kevin Bacon
6.13.2007 6:36pm
ys:
U.Va. 2L:

Thank for the compliment and the pointer. I could not resist and even wrote a little poem about that chain once, which I might post if I recover it, but in the meantime:

ys ---[violin student]--Nahum Wolfson, my violin teacher --- [violin student] --- anonymous: don't know this guy's name, but Wolfson told me about him --[violin student] --- Leopold Auer --- [violin student] --- Joseph Joachim --- [friend and collaborator] --- Franz Liszt --- [composition student] --- Antonio Salieri

Starting with Auer, every node and connection is web verifiable.
Being a violin descendant of Auer is not that exceptional. He had oodles of students, including Heifetz, Elman, Milstein, Zimbalist, and on, but also some apparently less illustrious ones.
6.13.2007 6:55pm
Orangutan (mail):
Jeopardy! Ben Stein's Money. Very cool.

Since we're outing ourselves as former game-show contestants, I myself took a turn on the mothership: The Price Is Right. I won a car; which ended up netting me about $3k after taxes and sale.

I think Bob's role in Happy Gilmore must give me a Bacon number 3 too.
6.13.2007 9:16pm
Syd (mail):
Well, my Bacon number is at most three because I've met Majel Barrett Roddenberry who was in Star Trek: First Contact with Alfre Woodward who was in Beauty Shop with Kevin Bacon. If you've met Leonard Nimoy or William Shatner, your number is at most three.

I was at a convention with James Doohan once, but never met him, which is a double pity because he not only is now deceased but was in New York Skyride (!) with Kevin Bacon.
6.13.2007 9:27pm
Dave N (mail):
Syd--if you met Majel Barrett Roddenberry then it is her,Doohan, and Bacon as well.

The Oracle of Bacon has William Shatner as separated by 2 degrees:

He was in The Kidnapping of the President with Maury Chaykin, who was in Where the Truth Lies with Kevin Bacon.

Shatner's alternative path is the same as Leonard Nimoy, George Takai, and every other Star Trek regular: Christian Slater was in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country and also in Murder in the First with Bacon or else through James Doohan and New York Skyride.

Interestingly, when you use the Oracle, Nimoy is the only one whose link to Kevin Bacon is through Star Trek (May He Live Long and Prosper).
6.13.2007 9:57pm
Brian G (mail) (www):
Kevin Bacon and I went to the same middle school in Philadelphia (Masterman). Does that give me a 1?
6.14.2007 2:51am
Big Bill (mail):

Sasha, being a regular American, not from LA, Hollywood, NYC or Russia, I must confess I don't even have a Bacon number.

On the other hand, I do have a Jamestown Colony number of (about) 17, an American Revolution number of 9, a Texas Revolution number of 7, A Union Army number of 6, a Confederate Army number of 6, a World War I number of 4, and a World War II number of 3.

It isn't worth too much out in your neck of the woods, though. Heck, I doubt it would get me a free drink in one of your Hollywood bars, and it certainly wouldn't get me an invitation to one of your LA talk shows.
6.14.2007 8:43am
liberty (mail) (www):
You make it way too easy if you allow stage productions and working on the crew (let alone "I met him once").

If you allow stage productions, I was also in one in MF and if you allow crew I have a 2 because I was on the crew for "For Love of the Game" with Kevin Costner who was in JFK with Kevin Bacon.

I am more interested though, in getting a matching Erdos number. I think I'm close, when I get a paper published, one of the acknowledgement people has a reazlly love Erdos number (3 or 4), does that count? Or do I have to wait until we are proper co-authors?
6.14.2007 9:48am
Sasha Volokh (mail) (www):
Gotta be proper co-authors. There's a fuzzy line when people write separate chapters of a book; I think you might have to look at the purpose and function of the book as a whole to figure out whether it's a truly collaborative single work, which would count (e.g., you and I write a series of debating articles that are meant to be read together), or more like an issue of a journal (which wouldn't count).

By the way, I think the commenters here have extended the Bacon number too broadly, to include meetings. But I think TV, radio, and stage are fair game. If that means you have a Bacon number, so be it! Crew is a little bit more of a stretch.
6.14.2007 10:48am
Noelemite (mail):
I'm rocking a one! I was in Friday the 13th as a wee lad.
I was almost the kid leaping out of the lake at the end.
6.15.2007 7:40am